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Paul Vermeersch on Al Purdy

One of Paul Vermeersch's greatest regrets is that he never took Al up on his offer to visit the A-Frame while Al was still alive. Paul's first time in the house came after Al's funeral. Having written to Purdy as a young man to express his admiration for a recent collection, the two shared a correspondence that was essential in his development as a poet. Paul came to visit me this summer at the A-Frame to talk about Purdy's legacy. It was interesting to hear what a significant effect Al's work had on Paul, who is now an award-winning poet in his own right. Vermeersch's most recent collection is Don't Let it End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (which is one of my favourite collection titles ever) -- there's a copy of it now sitting on the bookshelf of the A-Frame; I think Al would be very happy about that.
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