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Al Purdy


Al Purdy’s down-to-earth voice populates thirty-three books, including The Cariboo Horses (1965), North of Summer (1967), Sex & Death (1973), and Piling Blood (1984). The two major collections of his work are The Collected Poems of Al Purdy (1986) and Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy (2000). Purdy died in Sidney, BC, on April 21, 2000.

Robert Budde teaches creative writing and critical theory at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. He has published four books (two poetry—Catch as Catch and traffick, and two novels—Misshapen and, most recently, The Dying Poem). He maintains two online literary journals at and .

Russell Morton Brown is a professor in the department of English at the University of Toronto. An editor for the University of Toronto Quarterly, the editor of The Collected Poems of Al Purdy, and co-editor with Donna Bennett of the New Anthology of Canadian Literature in English, he was also Editorial Director of Poetry at McClelland and Stewart for five years.


Books by Al Purdy

Laurier Poetry Pack #5

by (author) Dionne Brand, Paul Dutton, Gary Barwin, Al Purdy, Fred Wah & Louise Bernice Halfe
edited by Leslie C. Sanders, Robert Budde, Louis Cabri & David Gaertner

Laurier Poetry Pack #4

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

edited by Robert Budde, Leslie C. Sanders, Gary Barwin, Louis Cabri & Heather Milne
by (author) Al Purdy, Dionne Brand, Paul Dutton, Fred Wah & Rachel Zolf

We Go Far Back in Time

The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947-1984

edited by Nicholas Bradley
text by Al Purdy & Earle Birney

Poems for All the Annettes

by (author) Al Purdy
introduction by Steven Heighton

The Al Purdy A Frame Anthology

by (author) Al Purdy
edited by Paul Vermeersch


by (author) Earle Birney
afterword by Al Purdy

The More Easily Kept Illusions

The Poetry of Al Purdy

by (author) Al Purdy
edited by Robert Budde
afterword by Russell Morton Brown

Yours, Al

The Collected Letters of Al Purdy

by (author) Al Purdy
edited by Sam Solecki

Necropsy of Love

by (author) Al Purdy

Beyond Remembering

The Collected Poems of Al Purdy

by (author) Al Purdy
edited by Sam Solecki
foreword by Margaret Atwood

A Splinter in the Heart

by (author) Al Purdy

The Man Who Outlived Himself

An appreciation of John Donne: A dozen of his best poems

by (author) Doug Beardsley & Al Purdy

No One Else is Lawrence!

A Dozen of D.H Lawrence's Best Poems

by (author) Al Purdy & Doug Beardsley

To Paris Never Again

by (author) Al Purdy

Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets

Selected Poems 1962-1996

afterword by Al Purdy
edited by Sam Solecki

Breathing Fire

Canada's New Poets

edited by Patrick Lane & Lorna Crozier
foreword by Al Purdy

Starting from Ameliasburgh

The Collected Prose of Al Purdy

by (author) Al Purdy

Reaching for the Beaufort Sea

An Autobiography

by (author) Al Purdy