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That Old Drunk’s Place: Beyond Forgetting: Celebrating 100 Years of Al Purdy edited by Howard White and Emma Skagen

When I was in my early 20s, I took a day trip from my hometown of Belleville, ON to Ameliasburg, where Al Purdy once lived on Roblin Lake in his now-famous A-frame. He built the cabin with his wife, Eurithe, as James Arthur writes in “Al Purdy’s House,” “by hand / with no experience of carpentry / using salvaged lumber and whatever materials you (Purdy) could find.” Unable to find the house, I stopped to ask a local man who was leaning against his pickup, smoking a cigarette. Flicking the butt over his shoulder, he replied, “Why the fuck would you want to get to that old drunk’s place?”