Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

Tag: 2016

Best Canadian Poetry

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This arrived today, editors Helen Humphreys, Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey, and I look forward to reading this year’s crop of “best” poems. I already know some of the poems in the anthology … Rachel Rose’s affecting “Good Measure,” Sally Ito’s soul-weathered “Idle” and Maureen Hynes’ “Wing On.” Lucky me, to get to explore further.

I can quite often roll my eyes when I read my own work (I mostly hate reading it because I would never stop editing and once you see where you can take a piece the piece as it stands seems murderously bad), but this poem I found quite funny. I love when humour manages to seep through the cracks of my work–which reflects my life, too, how laughter finds its way in, a magic dust sprinkled over the bad or humdrum. “Wish You Were Here” first appeared in CVII.

PS Someone asked and I found a link to a shorter version of the poem here on the blog:

Wish You Were Here

 

Lydia Davis in acrylic

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JEH Aug 2016sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton 2016

I didn’t bring painting supplies with me on my summer trip, but I have acrylic delivered via squeeze bottle, my fingers and cheap but acid-free paper from the hardware store. So I doodle in bed sometimes at night when I’m half paying attention to an author on You Tube or a movie on Netflix. (Last night the cat walked right through Lydia Davis in black acrylic and onto my white duvet cover.)

Pride: the must-reads for 2016

Jane and Susan Safyan June 2016

Pride 8 Must-Read LBGT Books Summer 2016

Dyke March 2016, Toronto

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10,000 deep, we marched.

The Sick Boy

 

The Sick Boy

Jane Eaton Hamilton

from Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes, 2014

 

The spot inside the sick boy’s brain was

invisible, it burrowed there pale as a tuber,

stubborn and engorged. His hair lifted

from his scalp like angel fuzz; his eyes

gleamed and struck us. Dumb and

wanting, we watched him teeter to the lip of the

nest, his skin traced blue with veins. Fledgling,

we thought, and gathered our children closer, under

shivering arms. The sick boy wanted Christmas

cards and he got thousands, maybe millions,

a Guiness record in any case, cards enough

to fill warehouses, from everywhere

in the world. There was his father, his mother,

his sister and brother, and there were all those cards,

and there was his brain cancer, growing like

a nightmare’s garden, spreading like a bleach spot

into September and death. We almost

knew something dangerous that glowed

the way an umbilicus will; we almost

saw reflections of silver in the mirror, but then

we didn’t. We only saw ourselves, lustrous

as poster paints, our terrible good luck.

Weekend trailer

The folks at Big Creature Media do it again! Thanks, Big Creature with magic fingertips!

 

 

 

 

Weekend: I think it might actually be coming out!

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49th Shelf

Autostraddling the heck out of spring

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15 Queer/ Feminist Books To Read In Early 2016

My novel “Weekend” would be one of them, joining Roxane Gay with “Hunger” and Tig Notaro with “I’m Just A Person,” and many more.

Where to Submit in January 2016

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Angela Carr has put together a list of poetry competitions and submissions for January 2016 here.

Commonweath writers of first books can try their hands at the Deborah Rogers Foundation award here.

Aerogramme’s list is here.

Canadian authors of mysteries and thrillers can apply for the Vancouver Public Library 2016 residency here.

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