25th Trillium Award

Blog Alert! Anita Lahey's Henrietta & Me

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Mary Louise Parker as Henrietta Stackpole in Portrait of a Lady (1996)

Anita Lahey, poet and former editor of Ottawa's Arc Poetry Magazine, has launched a new blog, Henrietta & me. Anita is the author of Spinning Side Kick and Out to Dry in Cape Breton (Signal Editions), a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

Anita writes that her blog "borrows the spirit of Henrietta Stackpole, a character — minor yet key — in Henry James’s novel The Portrait of a Lady. I read this book last winter, holed up, nursing my newborn son. I would sit in an armchair, lie baby Henry on a wide flat pillow, latch him on, and prop the book on the pillow behind him. It is a coincidence that James and the baby share a first name, I swear. And don’t worry: this is not a blog about all things Henry James. Nor is it about how reading saved me in the early days of motherhood (though, yeah, it did).

"And it ain’t no book review blog. More like a book report. Informal and wide-ranging. I hope to share ideas, reactions and thoughts on what I’ve been reading. Nothing fancy or grand or — what is that annoyingly popular concept? — innovative. But it seems to matter. I aim to muddle through that watery space between the lines where most good writing leaves you, paddling and spinning, trying to figure out how you got there, where the shore is, what’s lurking beneath your feet."

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