Poems for All the Annettes
Written by Al Purdy
Introduction by Steven Heighton
Publication Date October 13, 2012
Originally published by Contact Press in 1962, then later by House of Anansi in 1967, and again in a revised, expanded edition in 1972, Poems for All the Annettes stands as one of the essential documents of the great Al Purdy’s career. So many beloved poems are here—"At Roblin Lake," "At the Quinte Hotel"—but also so many undiscovered gems and treasures. It is at once the perfect introduction to this remarkable poet’s work and a collection rich and deep enough to satisfy even the experienced Purdy fan. This edition reproduces the final, expanded text of the 1972 edition, and features a brilliant new introduction by poet and novelist Steven Heighton, who knew Purdy well.
Al Purdy (1918-2000) was twice the winner of the Governor General's Award, a member of the Order of Ontario, and a member of the order of Canada. He published thirty-three books of poetry, along with a novel, an autobiography, and nine collections of essays and correspondence. Among his classic collections are many of Canada's best loved books, including The Cariboo Horses, Wild Grape Wine, North of Summer, and Piling Blood.
STEVEN HEIGHTON is a critically acclaimed novelist and poet. His novels include Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and The Shadow Boxer, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His collections of poetry include Stalin’s Carnival, winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry; The Ecstasy of Skeptics, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, poems from which won a gold National Magazine Award and the Petra Kenney Prize; The Address Book; and Patient Frame, poems from which won the P. K. Page Award a National Magazine Award. His fiction and poetry have been translated into nine languages, and have appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Agni, Tin House, The Walrus and other publications. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.