Poems for all the Annettes

Al Purdy

Poems for all the Annettes

Poems for all the Annettes

  • Title: Poems for all the Annettes
  • Author: Al Purdy
  • ISBN: 9780887841071
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Unknown Binding


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Its not you Book, It's me.I feel I'm not old enough to appreciate you yet; I shall come back to you in a few years.

At the Quinte HotelI am drinkingI am drinking yellow flowersin underground sunlightand you can see that I am a sensitive manand I notice that the bartender is a sensitive manso I tell him the beer he drawsis half fart and half horse pissand all wonderful yellow flowersBut the bartender is not quiteso sensitive as I supposed he wasthe way he looks at me nowand does not appreciate my exquisite analogyOver in one corner two guysare quietly making lovein the brief prelude to infinityOpposite them a [...]

This book is more Freudian than anything I've ever read. And I don't buy Freudian psychology one whit. There's a reoccurring theme of competition with Purdy's son, and mention of Freudian incest. This is the white male in his purest form, and I have no sympathy. Don't like his treatment of women in these poems: object before human.

Eh. Purdy's style does little for me--don't like his clunky, pieced-together images, or his faux "get a load'a me, bein' a poet, eh?" hoserism. But I like him even less when he's trying to be profound by being obscure. Then every once in a while he writes a poem I absolutely love, like "At the Quinte Hotel," so it's complicated.

A loving reissue of a seminal collection of poems. Steven Heighton's accompanying essay is also very fine.

Took a few poems to find Al's voice. Then the poems flowed wonderfully. A great collection from a great Canadian poet.


A collection of poems first published in 1962 and then reworked with deletions and additions for a new edition in 1968. The poems are very much of the 1950s and 1960s (he thankfully appends the year that each was written to the end of each poem). Also, very much a Canadian work, traveling as it does from British Columbia through Ontario and to Montreal. The first half dozen or so poems are all on women: one who has been abandoned, one who has gone a long time without an orgasm, one picked up at [...]

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