These days I am fallen under the spell of Al Purdy - his poetry, his life, his influence, his A-frame mouldering in Ameliasburgh, the passionate efforts of good folk to save this place I am so drawn to. I hear Pinsent's wonderful voice declaiming the boozy lines. Purdy caught the spirit of this area. I can't think of anyone who drew the hard land north of 7, as we say here, so clearly and showed its beauty so defiantly.
My Queensborough friend Katherine has done a fine job of capturing Purdy's work and his spirit in her blog-post. http://atthemanse.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/al-purdy-and-the-country-north-of-belleville/. A must-read. As is Purdy.