Rooms for rent in the outer planets: selected poems, 1962-1996

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Harbour Pub., Oct 1, 1996 - Poetry - 148 pages
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A 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.

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User Review  - Lamar - Goodreads

missing some great ones but still a good overview. Read full review

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Excellent collection of poetry from Canada's unofficial poet laureate. Read full review

Contents

The Dead Poet from The Stone Bird 1981
11
HomeMade Beer
26
Arctic Rhododendrons
40
Hombre
54
Sergeant Jackson
63
Love in a Burning Building 1970
76
Alive or Not
89
Shot Glass Made From a Bulls Horn
103
Adam and No Eve
117
The Others
130
Afterword
143
Copyright

About the author (1996)

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National Al Purdy Day!

Al Purdy was born December 30, 1918, in Wooler, Ontario and died at Sidney, BC, April 21, 2000. Raised in Trenton, Ontario, he lived throughout Canada as he developed his reputation as one of Canada's greatest writers. His collections included two winners of the Governor General's Award, "Cariboo Horses" (1965) and "Collected Poems" (1986)
and other classics such as "Poems for All the Annettes", "In Search of Owen Roblin" and "Piling Blood". Later in life, he travelled widely with his wife Eurithe and settled in Ameliasburg, Ontario and Sidney, BC. In addition to his thirty-three books of poetry, he published a novel, an autobiography and nine collections of essays and correspondence. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1983 and the Order of Ontario in 1987. His ashes are buried in Ameliasburg at the end of Purdy Lane.

Sam Solecki is a professor of English at the University of Toronto and a former editor of "The Canadian Forum".He is also editor of "Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy, Starting from Ameliasburgh: The Collected Prose of Al Purdy" and "Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996". His most recent books are "Ragas of Longing: The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje" and "The Last Canadian Poet: An Essay on Al Purdy".

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