Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems, 1962-1996

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Al Purdy, Sam Solecki
Harbour Pub., Jan 1, 1996 - Poetry - 148 pages
8 Reviews
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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User Review  - Jan magdalene - Goodreads

i mean sure al purdy's poems have nice rhythm and describe things well but who wants to read nicely constructed manifestations of colonialist can-lit bullshit and misogyny? this guy sucked. 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)

The author of 30 or so volumes of poetry, Al Purdy is admired for "his fascination with observed detail and his rhythmic skill with laconic idiom," in the words of W. H. New. 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. Born in a small town on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, Purdy has remained in that area most of his life. From what he called a "Bush land, scrub land," he has drawn the inspiration and subject matter for much of his poetry. His extensive travels are reflected in his poetry, as in the 1984 volume Piling Blood. Showing his continuing development as a writer, the poems in A Woman on the Shore (1990) are more intense than much of his earlier work. Purdy died in North Saanich, B.C., on April 21, 2000. His final collection of poetry, Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy, was released posthumously in the fall of 2000.

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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