CBC Literary Prizes

Godot by Siobhan Jamison

Siobhan Jamison has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Godot.

2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist

Siobhan Jamison is a Toronto-based poet and professor at Seneca College. (Alice Dutrut)

Siobhan Jamison has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Godot.

About Siobhan

Siobhan Jamison is writing a semi-autobiographical novel called Maternity and Other Corsets, about 10 years in Europe with a French alcoholic painter and the daughter she later raises on her own. Last spring, she received a certificate for creative writing from the University of Toronto. She teaches at Seneca College and lives in Toronto.

Entry in five-ish words

Childhood intuitions — love, loneliness, sex?

The poem's source of inspiration

"The charcoal sketch that hung in my childhood home and discussions had with it pertaining to the fragility of childhood and confusions between parental and sexual love."

First lines

The face on the book is handsome
seen upside down from the foot of the bed
Daddy reads aloud.

Beckett comes from Northern Ireland like us
barbed wire and lines
but Beckett lives in France now. We in East York.
"No one buys you a drink here."

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