Biography of Brian Purdy
Resident: Halifax, N.S. Canada
At any given hour: reader, writer, husband, sketch-artist and water-color painter, cyclist, pool-player, coffee-drinker, smoker...
Brian Purdy's Works:
Books: To Feed the Sun
Chapbook primer on poet-craft
Magazine publications during 1970s & 80s. New work to appear soon.
Brian Purdy Poems
A Poem Is
A poem is admission Of confusion And being what it is Excites derision;
Omnipresence Of Pets
Always at our feet these pets obtruding their glowing presence. When we would kiss
On Tin-Can Creek
On tin-can creek where I stayed long the woodsy mist made up for wrongs
City, I Have You
far from here, in country sleep houses and hay-ricks are deaf to street-car clamor innocent of thirty-foot signs scything neon shadows through this room
From Five Letters To A Married Woman (Ii...
he has a large nose or a small appetite a taste for tinned pears a gold watch a woman in chains both sides of the coin and you. he
All Are Welcome
All of these and more are here: the mad and sad, the badly nurtured those with a past, some without futures all of these and more are here.
Christmas Cabin Fever
Wear a brown hat like a snow-man Sleep with the dogs in the snow While the Northern Lights are turning And the moon tells all she knows.
While Waiting For Documents Needed To Ad...
You slugs, you sloths, you worse Than insensible things, Who will not do as is so Urgently needed - how
Calhoun, you died, some days ago Your cousin dropped by and told me so – But in last night’s dream you died again Differently named, on a different day.
Song At Sixty
Bring fire-flies to the wedding feast Cast your spell on the rough-coat beast In the quiet where the crickets sing One word changes everything.
we two are old pleated by cares but still can mount proud passion's stair
For Jim Purdy
A dog makes a difference. I know this by experience so am glad to hear my brother,
The Departure (After Max Beckmann)
in a barge whose prow is a lion's head, the king departs for byzantium. he wears
Six months of heavy eating & I haven’t gained a kilo I lie to my wife about it
All Are Welcome
All of these and more are here:
the mad and sad, the badly nurtured
those with a past, some without futures
all of these and more are here.
A health card gets you in at the door
wait two weeks, come back for more
apples potatoes sardines, tea
turnips squash and margarine.