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The More Easily Kept Illusions: The Poetry of Al Purdy

byAl PurdyEditorRobert BuddeAfterword byRussell Morton Brown

Paperback | April 17, 2006

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Much-loved, cantankerous, and brilliant, Al Purdy galloped across the Canadian literary landscape for decades, grandly embodying the self-taught and hard-living image of the 1960s and ’70s poet. The More Easily Kept Illusions: The Poetry of Al Purdy is a selection of thirty-five poems that includes some of his best-loved and unearths lost and ignored treasures.

Robert Budde introduces the collection with an overview of Purdy’s tumultuous life of letters, his legendary personality, his outrageous antics, his peers, his influences, and the history of his publishing career. Reorganizing Purdy’s body of work, this collection also re-interprets the chronological and thematic development of his writing. Choosing poems for a book like this is necessarily an act of literary criticism and Budde takes care to balance the various critical attentions that have structured the historical responses to Purdy’s work. The selected poems will mix lesser-known gems with Purdy’s greatest hits. Teachers, poetry-lovers, students, and writers will rediscover Purdy’s unique voice. Those who are new to his work will get a full and rich sense of the man some have called the last Canadian poet.

Also includes an Afterword by Russell Morton Brown.

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...
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Title:The More Easily Kept Illusions: The Poetry of Al PurdyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.03 × 6.03 × 0.25 inPublished:April 17, 2006Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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Alive or Not by Al Purdy It's like a storybecause it takes so long to happen:a block away on an Ottawa streetI see this woman about to falland she collapses slowlyin sections the way you read aboutand there just might be timefor me to reach herrunning as fast as I canbefore her head hits the sidewalkrunning as fast as I canOf course its my wifeI am running toward her nowand there is a certain amount of horrora time lag in which other things happenI can almost see flowers break into blossomwhile I am running toward the womanmy wife it seemsorchids in the Brazilian junglebefore her head hits the sidewalkOf course its my wifeI am running toward her nowand there is a certain amount of horrora time lag in which other things happenI can almost see flowers break into blossomwhile I am running toward the womanmy wife it seemsorchids in the Brazilian jungleexist like unprovable ideasuntil a man in a pith helmetsteps on one and yells Eureka or something- and while I am thinking about thisher body splashes on the streether glasses fall broken beside herwith a musical sound under the trafficand she is probably dead tooOf course I cradle her in my armsa doll perhaps without lifewhile someone I do not knowsignals a taxias the bystanders stareWhat this means years lateras I grow older and olderis that I am still running toward her:the woman falls very slowlyshe is giving me more and more timeto reach her and make the graband each time each fall she may dieor not die and this will go on foreverthis will go on forever and everAs I grow older and oldermy speed afoot increaseseach time I am running and reachthe place before she falls every timeI am running too fast to stopI run past her farther and fartherit's almost like a storyas an orchid dies in the Brazilian jungleand there is a certain amount of horror

Table of Contents

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The More Easily Kept Illusions: The Poetry of Al Purdy, selected with an introduction by Robert Budde

Foreword | Neil Besner

Biographical Note

Introduction | Robert Budde

Mind Process re a Faucet

Remains of an Indian Village

Winter Walking

Hockey Players

Home-Made Beer

Eskimo Graveyard

Trees at the Arctic Circle

Tent Rings

When I Sat Down to Play the Piano

At the Quinte Hotel

Love at Roblin Lake

Interruption

Wilderness Gothic

Lament for the Dorsets

Joint Account

Depression in Namu, BC

Eastbound from Vancouver

The Horseman of Agawa

Flat Tire in the Desert

Inside the Mill

Deprivations

Alive or Not

Rodeo

On Realizing He Has Written Some Bad Poems

After Rain

The Nurselog

A Typical Day in Winnipeg

In the Early Cretaceous

Purely Internal Music

Orchestra

Red Leaves

Orchestra

Earle Birney in Hospital

Untitled

For Her in Sunlight

Afterword: As the dream holds the real | Russell Morton Brown

Acknowledgements

Editorial Reviews

``The books are fairly slim (ranging from fifty-six to eighty pages), but each provides a decent outline of the respective poet's career, style, and dominant concerns. The introductory essays are straightforward and informative--they provide a useful interpretive framework for anyone coming to this poetry for the first time. These volumes seem designed for students and educators; each offers a more complete picture of the poet than one would get from an anthology.'' - University of Toronto Quarterly, Letters in Canada 2006, Volume 77, Number 1, Winter 2008 - 200807