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An Evening of Poetry with Jane Eaton Hamilton and Judith Krause

Friday Nov 28 2014 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove Event type: reading, signing

EVENT UPDATE Due to illness, Judith Krause is unable to travel to Saskatoon for this event. Please join us for a solo reading with acclaimed poet, artist and activist Jane Eaton Hamilton.

Dual reading and signing with Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of love will burst into a thousand shapes (Caitlin Press) and Judith Krause, author of Homage to Happiness (Hagios Press)

Art, children, marriage, breaking, rejoicing. Love is a many-branched tree and in Hamilton’s newest poetry collection, her third, it’s autumn or winter, the winds are kicking up and branches are flying everywhere—bursting into a thousand shapes. Or maybe it’s Hamilton’s heart that explodes into many dimensions. Tender, furious, grief-stricken, witty, urbane, elegiac, political, personal, erotic—these poems are all those things. Hamilton can’t stop loving big no matter how chancy it is.

Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of seven books of fiction and poetry. Her book July Nights was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize and her book Hunger was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award. Body Rain, her first book of poetry, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, and her chapbook, Going Santa Fe, won the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Chapbook Award. A pseudonymous memoir was on the Guardian’s Best of the Year list and was a Sunday Times bestseller. She has been included in the Journey Prize anthology and Best Canadian Short Stories, and has been cited in Best American Short Stories. She has won many prizes for her short fiction, including, twice, the Prism International short fiction contest, and first prize in the CBC Literary Awards. She has been published in the New York Times, Seventeen magazine, Salon, Numero Cinq, Macleans, the Globe and Mail, the Missouri Review, the Alaska Quarterly Review and many other places.

In Homage to Happiness, Judith Krause writes with extraordinary sympathy and a light touch of humour, as she probes the nuances of love and loss and how both must be experienced if there can be any hope for true happiness. The title sequence is a deft and moving poem on the life and work of Agnes Martin, an abstract expressionist born in Saskatchewan who gained prominence in New York art circles in the 60’s and 70’s. Contemplating the inescapable themes of lyric poetry—time, mortality, nature, and the contradictions of the human heart—Judith Krause turns them to provocative and unexpected ends.

Judith Krause is a Regina writer, editor and teacher whose work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as a BA and BEd from the University of Regina. She has edited a number of poetry collections and co-edited the anthology Out of Place with Ven Begamudre. Her earlier publications include four poetry collections: What We Bring Home (1986), Half the Sky (1994), Silk Routes of the Body (2001), and Mongrel Love (2008) and a collaborative chapbook, blue transport/ the insistence of green (2007). Krause is a two-time recipient of the City of Regina Writing Award, co-winner of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and has been awarded residencies and fellowships in the U.S. She is currently serving as the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.

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Love Will Burst Into a Thousand Shapes

- Jane Eaton Hamilton

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Art, children, marriage, breaking, rejoicing. Love is a many-branched tree and in Hamilton's newest poetry collection, her third, it's autumn or winter, the winds are kicking up and branches are flying everywhere - bursting into a thousand shapes. Or maybe it's Hamilton's heart that explodes into many dimensions. Tender, furious, grief-stricken, witty, urbane, elegiac, political, personal, erotic - these poems are all those things. Hamilton can't stop loving big no matter how chancy it is. All these shapes lend raw material for a poem: Mothers lose their babies. A boy loses his leg to war. A girl hides from serial killer Richard Speck. A virgin gets pregnant. A partner mourns a death at Walkerton. Women tumble into love, celebratory and foolhardy. Frank and elemental, LOVE WILL BURST INTO A THOUSAND SHAPES reminds us that life is worth everything we can throw at it.

"LOVE WILL BURST INTO A THOUSAND SHAPES is jazzy and engaging. Hamilton proves herself to be a real wordsmith, with a trickster's soul and a heart as big as New Mexico. The poems are enlightening, risky, rough, funny as hell, and ultimately very moving." -- Barry Dempster

Homage to Happiness

- Judith Krause

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Homage to Happiness, by Judith Krause of Regina, and Saskatchewan's newly appointed Poet Laureate writes in a subtle, yet rich, lyric architecture in these poems that house past loves, present loves, memory, and the favorite rooms of the heart. The title sequence is a deft and moving poem on the life and work of Agnes Martin, an abstract expressionist born in Saskatchewan and reknowned in New York art circles.