"Dear Al - Thank Gawd for your letter! It arrived like a rain in a dry season, and I do mean dry, as I shall explain presently. So if this turns out to be about 10 airletters long, it is only because I feel a decided need to communicate with someone who knows what I am talking about."
(Elm Cottage, January 10, 1969.
In 'Margaret Laurence - Al Purdy: A Friendship in Letters, 1993, M&S. page 118)
|Portait by Helen McLean|
|Laurence pilgrim in Neepawa|
|Al's workroom depleted of its vast book collection|
Postmark: Ameliasburg, Ontario
"Greeting! And the letter to OntArts is fine. If the bastards turn me down this time I'll ----try again. I have all sorts of plans and projects in my mind, including a visit to Hiroshima. What about that one, eh? There are some places that breed poems, as I was sure of writing the Indian rock painting poem.Hiroshima is the same, and there would be several poems there, a real mother lode. Now go ahead and tell me one shouldn't look for poems, they should just catch one unawares....."
(Ameliasburg, 27 August, 1970. Ibid. p. 182)
|Relief sculpture by Ann McDonald|
|Ameliasburgh, spring 2013|
|photo by John Reeves|