Al’s Outhouse

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A poem about Al Purdy’s outhouse by Seymour Mayne

July 22nd, 2011


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Guest post by Blair Eveleigh, senior associate editor.

I was supposed to put this up this yesterday, as my regularly scheduled Thursday guest blog post, but somehow didn’t get it done. I blame the heat. No, really: It was 37.5 degrees and the A/C for part of our building wasn’t working, the part that my office happens to be in. So let’s just say my brain wasn’t working all that well, was in fact melting, I swear. By 4:30 p.m., I had to escape to the cool confines of our reception area for a breather, and then I couldn’t go back in front of the computer in my sweltering cubicle.

First, congratulations to those who commented on my music at the cottage post from last week. Thanks for sending in your stories. I’ll be in touch directly for your mailing addresses to send you your CDs. And now on to the new post…

You might have read our story about Al and Eurithe Purdy’s Prince Edward County cottage in our May ’11 issue. As an addendum to that article, here’s a poem about the famous outhouse by Ottawa poet Seymour Mayne, who helped us out when we were putting our story together. Seymour has generously allowed us to post his poem here. Enjoy.




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