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The Sunday Edition Visits The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology


January 4, 2010

If Christmas shopping and holiday planning got in the way of you hearing Michael Enright of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition interview poet Dennis Lee about The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology, have a listen: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/sundayedition_20091221_24850.mp3

This December 20th discussion on The Sunday Edition opens with Dennis Lee—who wrote the introduction to The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology—reminiscing about his past visits to the A-frame and his encounters with Al Purdy. The A-frame is an unassuming house in Ameliasburgh, Ontario built by Al and his wife Eurithe; a place which nourished Al’s poetry and the writing of countless other Canadian authors including George Bowering, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. This place transformed Al’s writing from arguably terrible to undeniably great. It was at the A-frame that Purdy became what Lee calls the Walt Whitman of Canada. That is, the first to give Canada its own voice. Lee explains the importance of preserving the Purdy A-frame as a retreat for future generations of Canadian writers who might add more unique voice to our country’s growing library. For more information about preserving the A-frame, please visit the Al Purdy A-frame Trust.