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The Collected Poems o. Dennis Lee (Afterword). Lists with This Book. Great Canadian Books of the Century I. 165 books - 61 voters.
by Russell Brown, Dennis Lee, Al Purdy.
Much-loved, cantankerous, and brilliant, Al Purdy galloped across the .
Much-loved, cantankerous, and brilliant, Al Purdy galloped across the Canadian literary landscape for decades, grandly embodying the self-taught and hard-living image of the 1960s and ’70s poet. Reorganizing Purdy’s body of work, this collection also re-interprets the chronological and thematic development of his writing. Choosing poems for a book like this is necessarily an act of literary criticism and Budde takes care to balance the various critical attentions that have structured the historical responses to Purdy’s work. The selected poems will mix lesser-known gems with Purdy’s greatest hits.
The Canadian poet Al Purdy, who has died of lung cancer aged 81, observed that he wrote poems like spiders spin webs, and for much the same reason - to support his existence. He published more than 30 volumes of poetry, a novel, A Splinter In The Heart (1990), nine collections of essays and correspondence and an autobiography, Reaching For The Beaufort Sea (1993).
Alfred Wellington Purdy OC . nt (December 30, 1918 - April 21, 2000) was a popular and important Canadian poet of the 20th century. Purdy's writing career spanned more than 50 years. His works include over 30 books of poetry, a novel, 2 volumes of memoirs, and 4 books of correspondence. He has been called Canada's "unofficial poet laureate" and "a national poet in a way that you only find occasionally in the life of a culture. Purdy was born in Wooler, Ontario.
Al Purdy was born in 1918, in Wooler, Ontario
Al Purdy was born in 1918, in Wooler, Ontario. He wrote his first poem at the age of thirteen and published his first collection of poetry, The Enchanted Echo, in 1944. In a writing career that spanned over fifty years, he published over thirty books of poetry; a novel; two volumes of memoirs, most recently Reaching for the Beaufort Sea; and four books of correspondence, including Margaret Laurence – Al Purdy: A Friendship in Letters. His final collection of poetry, Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy, will be released posthumously in the fall of 2000.
By the time Al Purdy succumbed to lung cancer at his waterfront home in Sidney BC on April 21, 2000, he.
By the time Al Purdy succumbed to lung cancer at his waterfront home in Sidney BC on April 21, 2000, he was universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest writers Canada has produced. In 1978, Being Alive offered a selection of Purdy's best work from the previous 25 years, and in 1986 Collected Poems: 1956-1986 appeared, with 250 poems out of the 700 he had published. Although a prolific poet, Purdy is also a stern critic of his own work.
Al Purdy A Finding Aid of the Purdy Collection at the University of Saskatchewan Prepared by Craig Harkema (adapted . Two/Al Purdy, Colophon, 1990.
Two/Al Purdy, Colophon, 1990. A Woman on the Shore, McClelland & Stewart, 1990. Naked with Summer in Your Mouth, McClelland & Stewart, 1995.
Al Purdy was born in Wooler, Ontario, and raised in nearby Trenton. In Purdy’s obituary in the New York Times, poet Dennis Lee noted that Purdy was a national poet in a way that you only find occasionally in the life of a culture.
lt; Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy Selected and .
W hen a poet completes a poem, he or she becomes just another reader, albeit a privileged one. This is even more so in the case of a Collected Poems, the summing up of a life's work. The insatiable reader Al Purdy selected the poems he wanted to endure several months before his death this past April.