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The Exile House Aug 6, 2008
Words set loose in a northern landscape in pursuit of myth: Erling Friis-Baastad's poems search for resonance with the elements. The challenge is one of dislocation; hope lies in petitioning song. The answers that arrive from a nearby mountain range or the opposite shore of a lake are always a surprise, sometimes a shock, suggesting connection just "beyond the reach / of our numb hands." If the winter nights up here are perfect for ghost watching they are even more perfect for being a ghost.
Taut, spare, haunting, the poems in this collection draw on both Old and New World images to fashion a distinctive circumpolar voice.
About the Author
Born in Norway in 1950, Erling Friis-Baastad was raised in Colorado and Virginia but has spent much of his adult life in Canada's Yukon Territory. His poems have appeared internationally in many magazines and in several anthologies and chapbooks. He is co-editor of Writing North: An Anthology of Contemporary Yukon Writers and currently works as an editor for the Yukon News in Whitehorse.