Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books, and two poetry chapbooks, Here Come the Waterworks and Microphone Lessons for Poets, both published by BookThug. She lives in Toronto, where she is working on a book of lyric essays.
Total facts known about Al Purdy: There is a statue of him in Queen’s Park in Toronto. He was called the “People’s Poet.” The statue is called the “Voice of the Land.” I’ve read maybe twelve of his poems. I . . .