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Al Purdy's Foreword

What a peculiar thing it is to see and feel fifty years later than your own another generation coming into its strength. And what a privilege.

I think these are excellent poems, much better than the work of my own generation. And the authors do not seem to have experienced the long apprenticeship which I laboured through. They are here by an act of magic, ripened and full blown, youthful but experienced, a gift we have given ourselves.
A poem by Michael Redhill ends:
"And in our blanket, our bodies,
hold back the shape of the people
whose cells slept for generations."

This new book also seems to me like a gift from those secret others, asleep in our bones suddenly awaking with these marvellous poems.

Al Purdy