Digital Archives | Jan 17, 1999 | 21:44

Al Purdy, the grand old man of Canadian poetry

Friends, family and associates describe the formidable grand old man of Canadian poetry.

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Digital Archives - Poet Leonard Cohen splashes on to world stage at 22Apr 22, 1958 | 3:12Digital Archives Poet Leonard Cohen splashes on to world stage at 22 Audio
Digital Archives Poet Leonard Cohen splashes on to world stage at 22 Apr 22, 1958 | 3:12Leonard Cohen wows critics with his first collection of poetry.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy's At the Quinte HotelJan 2, 1987 | 4:23Digital Archives Al Purdy's At the Quinte Hotel Video
Digital Archives Al Purdy's At the Quinte Hotel Jan 2, 1987 | 4:23Al Purdy discusses his work, including his "sensitive man" poem. Photographs courtesy of D'Arcy Glionna.
Digital Archives - Cadence Weapon becomes Edmonton's poet laureateMay 26, 2009 | 2:26Digital Archives Cadence Weapon becomes Edmonton's poet laureate Video
Digital Archives Cadence Weapon becomes Edmonton's poet laureate May 26, 2009 | 2:26In 2009, a young hip-hop star becomes the poet laureate for the City of Edmonton. Cadence Weapon music video: Upper Class Recordings
Digital Archives - Getting a read on Dennis LeeDec 16, 1977 | 9:59Digital Archives Getting a read on Dennis Lee Video
Digital Archives Getting a read on Dennis Lee Dec 16, 1977 | 9:59Beloved children's poet Dennis Lee reads <em>90 Minutes Live</em> a few bedtime poems. I Eat Kids Yum Yum, Being Five, and The Bratty Brother from Garbage Delight. Written by Dennis Lee. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld. Toronto: Macmillan, 1977. Kahshe or Chicoutimi, and Someday I'll Go to Winnipeg from Alligator Pie. Written by Dennis Lee. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld. Toronto: Macmillan, 1974.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy: 'Concerning Ms. Atwood'Jan 30, 1995 | 2:23Digital Archives Al Purdy: 'Concerning Ms. Atwood' Audio
Digital Archives Al Purdy: 'Concerning Ms. Atwood' Jan 30, 1995 | 2:23Purdy pokes fun at a formidable CanLit icon.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy quits his day jobOct 2, 1968 | 4:08Digital Archives Al Purdy quits his day job Audio
Digital Archives Al Purdy quits his day job Oct 2, 1968 | 4:08Poetry pays a pittance but Al Purdy manages to get by.
Digital Archives - Remembering Al PurdyApr 25, 2000 | 15:02Digital Archives Remembering Al Purdy Video
Digital Archives Remembering Al Purdy Apr 25, 2000 | 15:02At the age of 81, Purdy succumbs to cancer.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy on The New RomansSep 20, 1968 | 4:04Digital Archives Al Purdy on The New Romans Audio
Digital Archives Al Purdy on The New Romans Sep 20, 1968 | 4:04Al Purdy defends his new book and his anti-American sentiments.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy: A life in lettersDec 22, 2004 | 17:13Digital Archives Al Purdy: A life in letters Audio
Digital Archives Al Purdy: A life in letters Dec 22, 2004 | 17:13Purdy's correspondence with politicians, poets and personal heroes is published after his death. Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy (2004), Harbour Publishing.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy: A difficult beginningJul 24, 1972 | 15:31Digital Archives Al Purdy: A difficult beginning Video
Digital Archives Al Purdy: A difficult beginning Jul 24, 1972 | 15:31Al Purdy describes Ameliasburgh, his rocky start, riding the rails, failure.
Digital Archives - Gil Adamson, Canada Reads authorDec 11, 1991 | 8:35Digital Archives Gil Adamson, Canada Reads author Audio
Digital Archives Gil Adamson, Canada Reads author Dec 11, 1991 | 8:35Gil Adamson reads the title&nbsp;work from her book of poems called <em>Primitive</em>, and discusses her inspiration for the poems.
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Digital Archives Mohawk mentor: Buffy Sainte-Marie on Pauline Johnson Aug 25, 1984 | 11:48Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about writing, Pauline Johnson, spirituality, success and Sesame Street.
Digital Archives - Poet E.J. Pratt on turning 75Feb 4, 1958 | 5:36Digital Archives Poet E.J. Pratt on turning 75 Audio
Digital Archives Poet E.J. Pratt on turning 75 Feb 4, 1958 | 5:36On his 75th birthday, famed narrative poet E.J. Pratt chuckles at being called Canada's leading poet.
Digital Archives - Mourning Al PurdyApr 23, 2000 | 3:04Digital Archives Mourning Al Purdy Video
Digital Archives Mourning Al Purdy Apr 23, 2000 | 3:04Canadians remember the life of legendary poet Al Purdy.
Digital Archives - Al Purdy: Reaching for the Beaufort SeaFeb 26, 1994 | 8:20Digital Archives Al Purdy: Reaching for the Beaufort Sea Video
Digital Archives Al Purdy: Reaching for the Beaufort Sea Feb 26, 1994 | 8:20Purdy discusses his autobiography.

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