Dorothy Livesay reading “The Unquiet Bed” – Sir George Williams University, January 14, 1971
October 3, 2019
Dorothy Livesay’s poem “The Unquiet Bed” has appeared on the pages of many Canadian poetry anthologies, but what cannot be heard fully on the page is the sound of this poem as a ballad. It is an “unquiet” poem. The refrain – “The woman I am / is not what you see” – suggests that both the speaker and the poem are not what you see, though perhaps they are what you hear.
Listen to the entire recording here.