Naked with Summer in Your Mouth

A poetry collection by the legendary Al Purdy, published in 1994.

Al Purdy

Canadian poet Al Purdy published over 30 collections, a novel, two memoirs and four books of letters — including one between him and Margaret Laurence — over five decades of writing. Born in Wooler, Ont. in 1918 and raised during the Depression, Purdy served in the RCAF in the Second World War. As a writer, he received two Governor General's Awards for Poetry and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1982. He died in North Saanich, B.C. on April 21, 2000.

Naked with Summer in Your Mouth is one of his celebrated poetry collections. It was published by McClelland & Stewart in 1994.

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Purdy's correspondence with politicians, poets and personal heroes is published after his death. Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy (2004), Harbour Publishing. 17:13