Jury’s citation. Nominee for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.
Patrick Friesen, Vancouver, for A Broken Bowl (Brick Books)
This ambitious long poem is an archaeology of the modern age, unearthing jagged fragments of our social violence, moral decay and self-deceit. Like prophets in any age, Friesen bears hard truth. But, in his singing, he offers hope: “Something still left/ some last good is us.”