Jane Eaton Hamilton

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” – Lillian Hellman

Category: readings

Every Wednesday, a new virtual reading at Event Magazine!

Folks, there’s a new reading every Wednesday for the next month posted at Event Magazine for your listening enjoyment. Join John Elizabeth Stintz, Rose Cullis, Tawahum Rice and me! Honoured to have been chosen and to be in such great company.

Readings Tonight and Tomorrow Night!

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Folks, I’m reading in Peterborough at The Garnet tonight Jul 3 and in Ottawa at Venus Envy Jul 4. Check my events page for time and details.

The Drowning

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photo: Jane Eaton Hamilton, Musée de L’Orangerie, Paris 2014

Another poem from “Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes.”

The Drowning

In the month before they find your son’s body

downstream, you wake imagining

his fist clutching the spent elastic

of his pyjama bottoms, the pair with sailboats riding them

He’s swimming past your room towards milk and Cheerios

his cowlick alive on his small head, swimming

towards cartoons and baseballs, towards his skateboard

paddling his feet like flippers. You’re surprised

by how light he is, how his lips shimmer like water

how his eyes glow green as algae

He amazes you again and again, how he breathes

through water. Every morning you almost drown

fighting the undertow, the wild summer runoff

coughing into air exhausted, but your son is happy

He’s learning the language of gills and fins

Of minnows and fry. That’s what he says

when you try to pull him to safety; he says he’s a stuntman

riding the waterfall down its awful lengths

to the log jam at the bottom pool

He’s cool to the touch; his beauty has you by the throat

He’s translucent, you can see his heart under

his young boy’s ribs, beating

as it once beat under the stretched skin of your belly

blue as airlessness, primed for the vertical dive

Eudora Welty reads Why I Live at the P.O.

 

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One of my favourite Welty stories. You can’t watch this one with its You Tube florid green screen, but you can listen to the master’s delicious voice:

Eudora Welty reads Why I live at the P.O.

Eudora Welty reads A Worn Path

Here she is talking to Gore Vidal:

Eudora Welty interviewed by Gore Vidal

Here is information about her photography career:

Eudora Welty, photographer

Bravest Writer in the World/Bravest Audiences in the World

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I am awarding myself the Bravest Writer in the World Award, and my audiences the last week the Bravest Audiences in the World Award, after what has been a highly difficult two weeks for me medically, resulting in a dodgy quality of readings.

I limped through my readings for Douglas College’s LitFest and Swoon, neither of which I could, in the end, prep for: just showing up and reading took all my juice.  I am usually impecable with timing with readings, but at Douglas I went over, and apologize to the audience, my hosts and co-reader.  On Wed night, at Fanny Bay, I needed to sit while reading and read far too long.  On Thursday, reading on Hornby, I was full on sick.

“If I’d had more time, it would have been shorter.”  –Winston Churchill

 

 

 

Fanny Bay Flyer reviews

 

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Even though quite unwell, I was delighted to read four places last week: Douglas College’s LitFest, Swoon, Fat Oyster Reading Series in Fanny Bay and on Hornby Island. Thank you to my generous hosts and my accomplished co-readers. And of course to the audiences–we couldn’t do it without you. Lovely to see a turn-out of 60 plus listeners at Fanny Bay!

Here is the Fanny Bay Flyer with generous reviews of my work:

Fanny Bay Flyer

Fat Oyster Reading Series April 29!

Come out and hear us read if you’re near Fanny Bay, tomorrow April 29!  So excited to be reading with the excellent and raging Maleea Acker, Patricia Smekal and David Fraser.  And the next evening on Hornby Island!

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Swoon, baby, swoon.

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Sex and swoon. How could an evening be better? Come join us, y’all.

Reading! Let’s launch Sassafrass Lowry

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Come help me launch “Lost Boi” by Sassafrass Lowry with Leah Horlick, author of “For Your Own Good” and Amber Dawn!

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The Writer’s Studio at SFU reading series

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Come here me read poetry at Cottage Bistro, Vancouver, March 5, 8-10 pm.  I am the featured reader, up last.  If lots of peeps from the community come, I promise I will read sexy bits.

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Smiley

It won’t get you through the rub of the season, darlings, but here, allow me to purr at you a little.  A reading of “Smiley” the 2014 CBC Literary Award winner, as recorded by Anne Malcolm, Montreal, 2014:

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Reading with Judith Krause in Saskatoon

Saskatoon reading!  I hope you’ll tell your queer friends and come on out.

 

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Reading, this coming Sunday, Sept 21

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Hey, y’all.  Come on out for Poetic Justice this coming Sunday at the Heritage Grill in New West from 3-5 pm.  An afternoon of poetic delights.

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