st. mary at main


Patrick Friesen

Winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award

About the Book
In st. mary at main, Patrick Friesen’s lyrical toughness works beautifully to evoke the city of “ghost and muscle” and “frost and fire” that is Winnipeg. Written with clarity, insight, and deep compassion, these new poems are acutely tuned to “how the streets are wired” in a city where the omnipresent wind haunts every corner, and the music of the people seems to spill from every doorway.

“This is a remarkable mix of images, variously personal, geographical, historical and poetic. The language [is] taut, layered, lyrical: in short, it becomes musical.”
—Border Crossings

About the Author
A resident of Winnipeg for 30 years, Patrick Friesen now lives in Vancouver. He has published numerous books of poetry, including You Don’t Get to be a Saint and Blasphemer’s Wheel, winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He has also written several stage and radio plays. Friesen has collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians, and composers. His book, A Broken Bowl, was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award.

POE011000 Poetry/Canadian
96 pp 6 x 9 in