Tuesday, March 06, 2012

News at Eleven: Nobody would call it an architectural

masterpiece. But it's redolent of literary history. The young Michael Ondaatje, an aspiring writer new to Canada, went to stay there; [Al] Purdy welcomed him, as he did so many others. His poem "House Guest" describes an earlier, longer visit by the Communist writer Milton Acorn; for two months the pair quarrelled about politics, drank, wrote poems, and listened to "how the new house built with salvaged old lumber/bent a little in the wind and dreamt of the trees it came from."

from The Gazette: Where Al Purdy found his voice


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