Jane Eaton Hamilton

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

Tag: Dancing

Pride 2019 on Salt Spring Island!

If you were gay, you’d realize that 99.99% of life is compulsory heterosexuality. By this I mean the art is straight, the stores are straight, the conversation in the supermarket is straight, the books on the shelves are straight, and straight people are everywhere you look. Everywhere you look, involved with themselves and not even noticing all the people they leave out. I don’t think straight people have a clue how exhausting their heterosexuality pressing, pressing, pressing against us is.

Next week is Pride week in the pokey little town where I live, and for a few days this year, not everything will be straight. People on the island will see gay people and gay symbols first, almost everywhere they go. We will even, finally, have our first, albeit temporary, pride crosswalk! (HUGE VOTE FOR A PERMANENT ONE. KEEP OUR QUEER CHILDREN SAFE!) Some will be revolted. Some will want to gawk. Some will be loud and proud allies. Loads will ignore the festivities altogether. But there you are. It’s a week of largely volunteer-run activities put on by DAISSI (Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island … more details on FB), and if you live near Salt Spring Island you can join in the fun. We have a queer art show, the launch of a new play, karaoke, a poetry open mic, some religious services, a parade, a party in the park, a dance starring Queer as Funk, a brunch, a hike, a reading by famous author Anne Fleming.

Sept 3-Sept 14, 2019. The parade and dance are Sept 7. Full information on DAISSI’s FB page.

Colour the world/What is art for?

Did you ever wonder where pigments came from?  This is a lovely resource for a peregrination into artists’ colours.

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Jane Eaton Hamilton, Paris, 2014

The world in pigments.

Here is a video by Alain de Botton which I love very much.  What is art for?

What is art for?

Dancing

B:  WordPress does away with my stanza breaks.  Stanza breaks are indicated thusly:  //)

 

I sizzle out, hot along your arm.

I roll the sides of my shoes,

hard heels blistering the floor,

peppery, leaving sparks.//

Swift-boned

blue-eyed

against the static, the insistence of

hipbones, you take me in a rumba of pleasure,

in fire.

-Jane Eaton Hamilton

 

 

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