Review of A Broken Bowl
From Governor General's Literary Awards 1997 , Jury's citation

1997 Governor General’s Literary Awards

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.”


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