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Poems for All the Annettes

by Al Purdy, introduction by Steven Heighton

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Originally published by Contact Press in 1962, then later by House of Anansi in 1967, and again in a revised, expanded edition in 1972, Poems for All the Annettes stands as one of the essential documents of the great Al Purdy’s career. So many beloved poems are here—"At Roblin Lake," "At the Quinte Hotel"—but also so many undiscovered gems and treasures. It is at once the perfect introduction to this remarkable poet’s work and a collection rich and deep enough to satisfy even the experienced Purdy fan. This edition reproduces the final, expanded text of the 1972 edition, and features a brilliant new introduction by poet and novelist Steven Heighton, who knew Purdy well.

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Al Purdy (1918-2000) was twice the winner of the Governor General's Award, a member of the Order of Ontario, and a member of the order of Canada. He published thirty-three books of poetry, along with a novel, an autobiography, and nine collections of essays and correspondence. Among his classic collections are many of Canada's best loved books, including The Cariboo Horses, Wild Grape Wine, North of Summer, and Piling Blood.

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Steven Heighton has been described by Al Purdy as “one of the best writers of his generation, maybe the best.” His poetry books include Patient Frame, The Address Book, The Ecstasy of Skeptics, and Foreign Ghosts. His work has been internationally anthologized, translated into nine languages, and nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Journey Prize, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award. He has received the Air Canada Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, Gold Medals for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards, and the Petra Kenney Prize. Heighton has taught fiction and poetry at the May Studios in Banff and the Booming Ground workshop at UBC, and has been writer in residence at Concordia University and Massey College at the University of Toronto.
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Al Purdy (1918-2000) was twice the winner of the Governor General's Award, a member of the Order of Ontario, and a member of the order of Canada. He published thirty-three books of poetry, along with a novel, an autobiography, and nine collections of essays and correspondence. Among his classic collections are many of Canada's best loved books, including The Cariboo Horses, Wild Grape Wine, North of Summer, and Piling Blood.

Steven Heighton is a critically acclaimed fiction writer and poet. His novels include Afterlands, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and is in pre-production for film, and The Shadow Boxer, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His poetry collections include The Waking Comes Late, winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry; Stalin’s Carnival, winner of the 1990 Gerald Lampert Award for best first book; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, a Governor General’s Award finalist in 1995; along with The Address Book and Patient Frame, poems from which won the P. K. Page Award and the Petra Kenney Prize. His fiction and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards, have been translated into twelve languages, and appeared in such publications as the London Review of Books, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Agni, Tin House, Zoetrope, Best English Stories, the Walrus, Best American Mystery Stories, and Brick. He also reviews fiction for the New York Times Book Review. Heighton lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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