Lyric poet Patrick Friesen’s collection of new and selected poems shares stand-out moments of his life—from leaving the Mennonite Community to late-night trysts in Copenhagen in search of the perfect tattoo.
A representative collection of Patrick Friesen’s work to date, Blasphemer’s Wheel includes selections from the out-of-print the lands i am and bluebottle; The Shunning, poems about two Mennonite brothers living vastly different lives after one is shunned by their community; Flicker and Hawk, which encompasses the tenderness and brutality that can often accompany family, religious, and sexual love; Unearthly Horses, dealing with deaths and resurrections; and You Don’t Get to Be a Saint, a book of voices incorporating two dance projects and a radio piece. Also included are 23 new poems discussing the lyric poet’s life as a bad movie and the search for a tattoo in Copenhagen.
Blasphemer's Wheel is the winner of the 1994 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards).
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.