Audio of the Week

Dorothy Livesay reading “The Unquiet Bed”

Posted | By Katherine McLeod

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.


Camlot, Jason and Christine Mitchell, eds. “The Poetry Series,” Amodern 4 (2015).

Camlot, Jason and Deanna Fong, Katherine McLeod. “Clipping the Poetry Series: Selections form the Sir George Williams Poetry Series, 1965-1974.” Jacket2 (24 October 2018).

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