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Poems for All the Annettes

by Al Purdy, introduction by Steven Heighton

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list price: $12.95
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category: Poetry
published: Sep 2012
ISBN:9781770892613
imprint: A List
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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 was born December 30, 1918, in Wooler, Ontario and died at Sidney, BC, April 21, 2000. Raised in Trenton, Ontario, he lived throughout Canada as he developed his reputation as one of Canada's greatest writers. His collections included two winners of the Governor General's Award, Cariboo Horses (1965) and Collected Poems (1986)
and other classics such as Poems for All the Annettes, In Search of Owen Roblin and Piling Blood. Later in life, he travelled widely with his wife Eurithe and settled in Ameliasburg, Ontario and Sidney, BC. In addition to his thirty-three books of poetry, he published a novel, an autobiography and nine collections of essays and correspondence. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1983 and the Order of Ontario in 1987. His ashes are buried in Ameliasburg at the end of Purdy Lane.

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Steven Heighton received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for poetry for The Waking Comes Late (Anansi). He was also a finalist in 1995 for The Ecstasy of Skeptics (Anansi). His poetry and stories have received five National Magazine Awards and have appeared in London Review of Books, Poetry (Chicago), Tin House, Brick, Zoe- trope, Best American Poetry, The Walrus, Best English Stories, TLR and five editions of Best Canadian Poetry. He has also published novels, short story collections and two books of essays, and he reviews fiction for The New York Times Book Review.

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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 novelist and poet. His publications include the novels Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year; and the story collections Flight Paths of the Emperor and On earth as it is. He has published four collections of poetry, including Stalin's Carnival, which won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry; The Address Book; and Patient Frame. His fiction and poetry have been translated into nine languages, and have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Brick, The Independent, The Malahat Review, and The Walrus. He has been the writer-in-residence at Concordia University; Massey College, University of Toronto; and McArthur College, Queen's University. He has also taught at the Summer Literary Seminars in St Petersburg, Russia. He is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa. He lives with his family in Kingston, Ontario.

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