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Al Was a Deflector: Phil Hall on Al Purdy

Phil Hall got to know Al Purdy after Al sent in a a revision of "On the Bearpaw Sea" to This Magazine, where Hall was Poetry Editor at the time. He then visited the A-Frame on a number of occasions, eating ham and cheese sandwiches, looking at Al's books, reminiscing about drunken adventures (neither drank any longer) and avoiding the topic of poetry because "if you take something this seriously, you're a little nervous about talking about it." Hall and I chatted about Al after the annual Purdy Picnic, which is held every July in the backyard of the A-Frame. This year Hall gave a jaw-dropping reading at the event, taking the audience from laughter to shock in one sitting. If you ever have the chance to see Hall read, make sure you take it.
HowPedestrian in The County: The Al and Eurithe Purdy A-Frame Residency

HowPedestrian in The County: The Al and Eurithe Purdy A-Frame Residency

CJ Evans: Elegy in Limestone

CJ Evans: Elegy in Limestone

Catherine Wing: The Darker Sooner

Catherine Wing: The Darker Sooner

David Lau: Jellyfish

David Lau: Jellyfish

Into the Mud: Painting Poems in Trinity Bellwoods

Into the Mud: Painting Poems in Trinity Bellwoods

Las Vegas: Gamblers All

Las Vegas: Gamblers All

Abandoned Ranch: Six Flags, New Orleans

Abandoned Ranch: Six Flags, New Orleans

Yukon Blonde Read Alan Gillis

Yukon Blonde Read Alan Gillis

Frederick Seidel on a Picnic Table

Frederick Seidel on a Picnic Table

Chinatown Super 8: Nick Vagnoni

Chinatown Super 8: Nick Vagnoni

401 Richmond: Patrick Lane

401 Richmond: Patrick Lane

The Scottish Graveyard: Carol Ann Duffy

The Scottish Graveyard: Carol Ann Duffy

Cacophony on the Beach: Robert Colman

Cacophony on the Beach: Robert Colman

How Pedestrian will no longer be posting a video once a day from Monday to Thursday. Don’t fret! We will continue to create new videos, simply on a less regular basis. We will aim for … more

A Note on Our Schedule

Little Havana: José Martì

Little Havana: José Martì

Libreri Mapou: Jan Mapou

Libreri Mapou: Jan Mapou

Lissette Mendez on the Bridge

Lissette Mendez on the Bridge

Scott Cunningham reads X.J. Kennedy

Scott Cunningham reads X.J. Kennedy

Bayfront Park: Timothy Schmand

Bayfront Park: Timothy Schmand

While in Miami, Florida Marlins Left Fielder Logan Morrison agreed to read a poem for How Pedestrian. He chose a poem written by a troop he met in Bahrain. To film the reading, I was … more

The Marlins: Logan Morrison

Dade County Courthouse: Wendy Cope

Dade County Courthouse: Wendy Cope

Marionettes: Pablo Cano & David Plumb

Marionettes: Pablo Cano & David Plumb

The Knight Foundation: T.S. Eliot

The Knight Foundation: T.S. Eliot

The Knight Foundation: ee cummings

The Knight Foundation: ee cummings

Little Havana: Versailles

Little Havana: Versailles

On the Track: Lucille Clifton

On the Track: Lucille Clifton

Frank Gehry New World Symphony: The Musician’s Haiku

Frank Gehry New World Symphony: The Musician’s Haiku

“Sweet God” by Jack Spicer

“Sweet God” by Jack Spicer

Matthew Rader: Freaks, Irregulars, Defects, Oddities.

Matthew Rader: Freaks, Irregulars, Defects, Oddities.

Matthew Rader at Tobacco Road

Matthew Rader at Tobacco Road

The Art District: Matthew Rader

The Art District: Matthew Rader

Virginia Key Beach: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Virginia Key Beach: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Miami International Airport: The Canadian

Miami International Airport: The Canadian

University of Miami: Donna E. Shalala

University of Miami: Donna E. Shalala

Little Haiti: Edwidge Danticat reads Madafi Pierre

Little Haiti: Edwidge Danticat reads Madafi Pierre

At the DMV: Ken Babstock

At the DMV: Ken Babstock

Downtown Miami: Two Cures for Love

Downtown Miami: Two Cures for Love

Downtown Miami: Hot Dogs & Damian Rogers

Downtown Miami: Hot Dogs & Damian Rogers

University of Miami: Boxers in the Key of M

University of Miami: Boxers in the Key of M

University of Miami: A Sorority Girl Reads Tracy K. Smith

University of Miami: A Sorority Girl Reads Tracy K. Smith

Miami Heart: Lincoln Road

Miami Heart: Lincoln Road

Totally Unnecessary Video of Miami to Make You Jealous

Totally Unnecessary Video of Miami to Make You Jealous

Miami Beach: Joan Murray

Miami Beach: Joan Murray

How Pedestrian is taking the week off in order to prepare for the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Oh yes—this Friday we will be escaping the frigid weather and heading down south for ten days of … more

The O,Miami Poetry Festival

The TTC: St. Andrew’s Station

The TTC: St. Andrew’s Station

The TTC: Museum Station

The TTC: Museum Station

The TTC: Spadina Station

The TTC: Spadina Station

The TTC: Queen Station

The TTC: Queen Station