Outlasting the Weather
Covering twenty-six years and selected from eight previous volumes, the poems in Governor General’s Award for Poetry finalist Patrick Friesen’s collection reject wisdom; rather, they are infused with the kind of knowledge that comes from having weathered many seasons yet still remaining open to wonder. Readers will notice the elemental in this collection and feel how over time, the elements shape new worlds that Friesen explores with a clear eye. Wind carves a stone bowl, the earth receives our dead. The poems are archaeological digs through layers of a life lived without the certainty of belief.