Selected Poems 1962-1996
Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets
The definitive Al Purdy selected.
Finalist for CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2006!
Shortlisted: Finalist for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads (2006)
Book DescriptionA selection of poems by the man described by the Globe & Mail as "the greatest of our poets." Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets includes three decades' worth of thought-provoking work, including poems from the Governor-General's Award-winning The Cariboo Horses to Naked with Summer in Your Mouth.
Purdy personally made this selection, assisted by Sam Solecki, the editor of Starting from Ameliasburgh: The Collected Prose of Al Purdy. In these poems, Purdy ponders the remains of a Native village; encounters Fidel Castro in Revolutionary Square; curses a noisy cellmate in the drunk tank; and marvels at the "combination of ballet and murder" known as hockey, all in the author’s inimitable man-on-the-street style.
Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets is destined to become the standard Purdy poetry volume for many years to come.