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Al Purdy


Two of Al Purdy’s poetry collections, Cariboo Horses and Collected Poems, won Governor General’s awards. Purdy died in Sidney, B.C. in 2001. An excerpt from Yours, Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy, edited by Sam Solecki and published by Harbour Publishing in 2004, is in Geist 55.

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Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

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