Poetry. Spanning a quarter century of Friesen's work, the poems in OUTLASTING THE WEATHER speak to what is meant by "a life lived in poetry." The poems in this selected are inseparable from the poet. To read them is to enter his thinking and ride his breath: to experience the art of making in as immediate a way as is humanly possible. This collection rejects wisdom; rather it is infused with the kind of knowing that comes from having weathered many seasons yet still remaining open to wonder. Memory, its fallibility, and its insistence on uncovering not one truth, but many, is a thread that runs throughout this book. Sometimes it is unclear whose memories we are reading: those of the poet or our own. These poems are archaeological digs through layers of a life lived without the certainty of belief.
Patrick Friesen writes poetry, essays, drama, scripts, songs, and text for dance and music. The author of over a dozen books of poetry, Friesen has also collaborated with various musicians, including Big Dave McLean, Cate Friesen, and Marilyn Lerner, and with choreographers/dancers Margie Gillis, Stephanie Ballard, and Ruth Cansfield. Friesen also teaches, part-time, as an instrucor in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. He is the author of the poetry collections OUTLASTING THE WEATHER: SELECTED & NEW POEMS 1994-2020 (Anvil Press, 2020), jumping in the asylum (Quattro Books, 2011), and A DARK BOAT (Anvil Press, 2012). Formerly of Winnipeg, Friesen now lives in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. Author City: BRENTWOOD BAY, BC CAN