Author Archives: Liz Hay

New Work

This summer our cherry tree was the goose that laid the golden egg, unceasing in its red fruitfulness at the foot of the garden. And Mark, unceasing in his eagerness to pick. In July, whenever I opened the freezer door, … Continue reading

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Landscape While It Lasts

It’s strange and wonderful when something out of the blue leads you to the very place you want to be, even if that place never lasts long. A week or so ago, I received a phone call from a university … Continue reading

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Lolita in a Dying Car

We limped to Boston and back recently in a dying car. For company we had Jeremy Irons reading Lolita. In other words, we were in two grips – the car’s torment and Humbert Humbert’s. In my twenties Lolita met me … Continue reading

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Don Draper’s Dante

I’ve been wondering which Dante translation Don Draper was reading on that beach in Hawaii. A well-thumbed paperback in the year 1968. “Midway in our life’s journey I went astray … and found myself alone in a dark wood.” I … Continue reading

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Pointing the Way

In the little notebook I carry around with me, I jotted down something my mother said about a year ago. “I’ve had a good life, all things consoled.” We’re coming up to the first anniversary of her death. April 19. … Continue reading

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Range Light Borden-Carleton PEI, 2010

Two days ago I stepped out at seven in the morning to pick up the paper on the porch and heard a cardinal singing its full-throated, succulent song. Spring! Puddles and melt and birdsong. Walking up to Bank Street later … Continue reading

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Answer to a question

Readers ask me questions. Most recently, “I am curious about the constant reference to berries – growing, picking, crushing, oozing etc. at various key points in Alone in the Classroom. If I had had the time, I would have charted … Continue reading

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Sussex Drive, Pinboy

I’ve been pressing two recent books upon everyone I know. Linda Svendsen’s Sussex Drive and George Bowering’s Pinboy. Sussex Drive is a pungent, brilliant, raucous political novel about the Ottawa of 2008, the notorious moment in Canada’s political life when … Continue reading

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AuthorsAloud

Trevor Cole’s excellent website has over one hundred author readings, recorded and framed by Trevor himself. The readings are blessedly short, five minutes or so in length. You can listen without having to trek to a public reading, you can … Continue reading

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Sickbed Reading

In the middle of the night, head stuffed and aching, I wandered down to the kitchen and there was the latest Brick magazine on the counter, containing at least two major thrills. First, the news that David Milne’s archive in … Continue reading

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