Alfred Wellington Purdy (December 30, 1918 – April 21, 2000) was one of the most popular and important Canadian poets of the 20th century. Purdy's writing career spanned more than fifty years. His works include over thirty books of poetry; a novel; two volumes of memoirs and four books of correspondence. He has been called the nation's "unofficial poet laureate" and "a national poet in a way that ... more »
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''Something is about to happen. Leaves are still.Alfred Wellington Purdy (b. 1919), Canadian poet. Wilderness Gothic (l. 35-37). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and othe...
Two shores away, a man hammering in the sky.
Perhaps he will fall.''
''An age and a faith moving into transition,Alfred Wellington Purdy (b. 1919), Canadian poet. Wilderness Gothic (l. 31-32). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and othe...
the dinner cold and new-baked bread a failure,''
Someone hangs in the skyAlfred Wellington Purdy (b. 1919), Canadian poet. Wilderness Gothic (l. 3-7). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others...
over there from a piece of rope,
hammering and fitting God's belly-scratcher,
working his way up along the spire
until there's nothing left to nail...
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