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Title:
Beyond forgetting : celebrating 100 years of Al Purdy / edited by Howard White and Emma Skagen ; with a foreword by Steven Heighton.
Title Variants:
Celebrating 100 years of Al Purdy
ISBN:
9781550178463
Publication Information:
Madiera Park, BC : Harbour Publishing, 2018.

©2018
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xviii, 174 pages ; 23 cm
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Poems.
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"This collection, created in honour of the poet's upcoming 100th birthday on December 30, 2018, gathers voices old and new in celebration of the life and work of Al Purdy. Featuring poems by F.R. Scott, Earle Birney, Milton Acorn, Russell Thornton, David Zieroth, Lorna Crozier, Tom Wayman, Phil Hall, George Bowering, Peter Trower, Howard White, Cornelia Hoogland, Doug Beardsley, Patrick Lane, Susan Musgrave, Bruce Cockburn, Rodney DeCroo, Steven Heighton, James Arthur, Sadiqa de Meijer, Nicholas Bradley, Doug Paisley, Autumn Richardson and many more, Beyond Forgetting is guaranteed to move each and every Canadian poetry buff who grazes its pages."-- Provided by publisher.
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Al Purdy (1918-2000), known as Canada's unofficial poet laureate, wrote poetry that anyone could read. Having come from working-class roots with little in terms of formal education, he wrote in a colloquial style and with a rowdy yet sensitive poetic persona that has captured the hearts of many. Purdy was exceptional in the attention he paid to the geography and history of Canada; rather than using his Canada Council grant to write from Europe like many of his contemporaries, he travelled to Canada's Arctic where he wrote some of his most well-loved poems.

Purdy wrote over three dozen collections of poems, two memoirs, a novel and a number of anthologies. He was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry twice, first in 1965 for The Cariboo Horses and then in 1986 for The Collected Poems of Al Purdy. He was an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario. The League of Canadian Poets honoured him with the Voice of the Land Award, created specifically to recognize his tremendous contribution to Canadian poetry.

This collection, created in honour of the poet's upcoming 100th birthday on December 30, 2018, gathers voices old and new in celebration of the life and work of Al Purdy.