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Zachariah Wells on R.G. Everson's "He Loved in all Directions"

(How Poems Work, December 2003)
Al Purdy said of R.G. Everson that he had “one foot in the nineteenth century and the other in the twentieth.” Born in 1903, he was raised on a farm outside Oshawa, obtained a law degree, spent five years writing in an isolated log cabin, and became the president of a Montreal PR firm, just two years out of the woods. This unique position vis-a-vis multiple ages and worlds is ingrained in the language and structure of “He Loved in All Directions,” a poem at once classic and modern, laidback and letter-perfect.