Queen's Quarterly

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Queen's Quarterly


Anthony Purdy

Fall 2021 - Jigsaw


I finished the jigsaw in the late morning and went out for a walk in the rain before lunch. The painting used for the puzzle was William Dyce’s Pegwell Bay, Kent – A Recollection of October 5th, 1858, painted in 1858–59. It’s one I’ve known for years, and it always makes me think of Joggins, which is just up the road from where I live. Very Nova Scotia, even though it isn’t. It depicts a handful of lost souls, cut adrift in geological time on a desolate, rocky beach at low tide, where they are collecting fossils …


Anthony Purdy lives in Nova Scotia. His poems and stories have appeared in recent issues of Queen’s Quarterly, the Goose, the Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, and the Dalhousie Review. One of his fiction pieces, “The Annex,” was longlisted for the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize