The Brightest Thing in Ontario

This is one of my favourite photos taken of me in 2019 (you’d be right to guess that all my other favourites also feature Henry and/or his big sister Rose), and as this decade comes to a close I thought I’d share it. This is me wearing Henry (then 6 months old) onstage the main event on November 2 at the Words Aloud Festival in Durham, Ontario. I’m performing poems from my book The Brightest Thing, and Henry is napping. Typical.

I hope the next year, the next decade, will offer me more moments like these ones, and I hope, too, to share them with you.

Thanks to Greg Santos for the photo. (Please read Greg’s poetry. It’s phenomenal.)

Published by Ruth Daniell

Ruth Daniell is a writer and the editor of Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts (Caitlin Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Arc, CV2, Event, and Grain. Most recently, she was awarded first prize in the 2016 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest with The New Quarterly.

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