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Saturday, May 28, 2011

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Al Purdy: BEYOND REMEMBERING: The Collected Poems (2000) 606 pages

I was born in Montreal and lived there until I escaped the weather and the separatists to live in Australia when I was 23. This is probably as good as it gets- in Canadian poetry. The late great Al Purdy's poems of the remote north are mandatory reading before you die.

"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."  Charles Bukowski

Bukowski corresponded extensively with Purdy and Paget Press published a collection of some of their letters:

"THE BUKOWSKI/PURDY LETTERS, A DECADE OF DIALOGUE, 1964-1974," Charles Bukowski & Al Purdy, Edited by Seamus Cooney, The Paget Press, 117 pages, $10.00 paper (0-920348-25-4).

You will find Robert Sward’s 1997 fine review of the book here: