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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-225-6
ISBN 10: 1-55017-225-5
6 x 9 - 608 pp
CAD$44.95 • USD$44.95
The Collected Poems of Al Purdy
by Al Purdy, edited by Sam Solecki, selected by Al Purdy
foreword by Margaret Atwood, preface by Al Purdy
"If you want to read some decent strong human stuff without fakery I'd say Al Purdy the Canadian. . . one of the few very good poets since 1900."
"Purdy is one of the most substantial poets in English of the century."
Book DescriptionBy 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 five decades as a published author he had produced over forty books and received innumerable distinctions, including two Governor General's Awards and the Order of Canada. A hands-on writer who delighted in co-producing specialty publications and small press titles in addition to his major collections with leading publishers, Purdy left a massive and diverse body of work, much of it long unavailable to the public.
The Collected Poems, edited by Purdy critic Sam Solecki with the full participation of the author, for the first time brings all of Purdy's poetic writings together in one volume, including all his later books, work previously uncollected from earlier periods as well as several excellent new poems he completed in the months before his death. It is, as he said, everything he wished to be remembered for.
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