Dad would have called Al "rough" and "shiftless". Al would likely have found the proud hard-working tee-total farmer a bit stuffy. Both men, despite limited success in school, were pretty smart in life.
|Seymour Mayne immortalized Can-lit Kilroys|
at Al's Outhouse
David W. McFadden described a visit to the A-frame in his essay From a Trip around Lake Ontario. Don't think I would have fit in, though maybe I could have helped in the kitchen.
Somehow I expected that frisson I experience when I visit the cemetery below the empty mill site. I tried to be in touch with the poet, the life and times, the poetry. They weren't there ...just a tired house sagging under the weight of all the stories it knows and wasn't telling me.
Who was I again?, the A-frame asked, bored and distracted.
A poet? No...no... just a fan. But sincere.
Just another Can-lit Kilroy.
Incidentally, David McFadden's essay about a visit to a thinly disguised Al Purdy, and and Seymour Mayne's poem about Canada's most literary outhouse can be enjoyed in The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology.