Al Purdy: Essays on His Works

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Linda Rogers
Guernica Editions, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 165 pages
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Al Purdy struggled initially as a poet, yet persevered and thrived along with his burgeoning Canadian culture. This collection of essays mixes literary appreciation with qualification, portraying Purdy's growth as an artist-which so paralleled that of his nation, along with his self-absorption and that of his country as they gazed at themselves in the mirror of the 20th century. The poet's candour and the sweeping canvas of his Canada are inspiring.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
Openings by Stan Dragland
15
The Collected
58
The Poetry of Al Purdy by Dennis Lee
69
Al Purdy Among the Poets by Sam Solecki
108
What A Life by Linda Rogers
128
Grief Sits Down by Linda Rogers
139
Thirty Two Uses for Al Purdys Ashes by Susan
150
Bibliography
164
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Linda Rogers is a teacher, broadcaster, and writer who specialises in poetry, non-fiction, and children's books.

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