Eaton Hamilton

Has anyone considered the astonishing idea of blaming the abuse on the abuser?

Rogers Telecom

 

Goliath

 

This is a poem for Rogers Telecom

who would not delete the bill

refusing her till exhaustion

took her under. For no reason

other than a human hand

extended once will be grabbed

by other hands

(a community of hands)

pulled down by incomes and want

But Rogers

what if customers are the bottom line

sour, cranky, resentful, struggling customers

who could be turned in a lick

What if your simple act of possibility

turns bills to nill?

What if kindness begets kindness

and relief is measured in productivity

and gratitude instead of anger

in poems?

 

 

 

The antidote to cranky–photograph flowers

I made these impressionistic photographs of flowers this afternoon.

JEHforsythia1

forsythia

JEHforsythia2

forsythia

JEHhyacinth1

hyacinth

JEHcherryblossom3

cherry blossom

JEHcherryblossom2

cherry blossom

Excited by all the women!

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Griffin Prize

Such effusive congrats to all!

But there’s something here that ought to give women great pause in the Baileys announcement:

[Ms Fraser said]: “There’s very little domestic drama, and that clichéd idea of romantic fiction. There wasn’t much of that this year. These are big ambitious books that deal with war, grief and loss. They are not confined to the domestic arena.”

How long are women going to accept this critique of what makes literature important?  It used to be that men told us our fictions didn’t matter because they were small, interior, domestic, but now here is the same malarky coming from a woman:  if it’s personal, if it’s domestic, it’s unimportant.

Or goddamn it.  Could we maybe judge on merit regardless of subject matter?

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