A Cry From An Indian Wife

E. Pauline JOHNSON (1861 - 1913)

LibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of A Cry From an Indian Wife by E. Pauline Johnson,. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 29, 2012.

In 1892 the opportunity of a lifetime came to this young versifier, when Frank Yeigh, the president of the Young Liberals' Club, of Toronto, conceived the idea of having an evening of Canadian literature, at which all available Canadian authors should be guests and read from their own works.

Among the authors present on this occasion was Pauline Johnson, who contributed to the programme one of her compositions, entitled "A Cry from an Indian Wife"; and when she recited without text this much-discussed poem, which shows the Indian's side of the North-West Rebellion, she was greeted with tremendous applause from an audience which represented the best of Toronto's art, literature and culture. She was the only one on the programme who received an encore, and to this she replied with one of her favourite canoeing poems.

The following morning the entire press of Toronto asked why this young writer was not on the platform as a professional reader; while two of the dailies even contained editorials on the subject, inquiring why she had never published a volume of her poems, and insisted so strongly that the public should hear more of her, that Mr. Frank Yeigh arranged for her to give an entire evening in Association Hall within two weeks from the date of her first appearance. It was for this first recital that she wrote the poem by which she is best known, "The Song my Paddle Sings."
( Summary from the Biographical Sketch included in Flint And Feather, collected verse by E. Pauline Johnson )

Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by CC Chris Caron
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Play 02 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by DL David Lawrence
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Play 03 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by FS fshort
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Play 04 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by JCM Jason Mills
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Play 05 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by KG Kristin Gjerløw
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Play 06 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by LAH Lee Ann Howlett
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Play 07 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by LLW Leonard Wilson
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Play 08 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by LRS Liberty Stump
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Play 09 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by PY Peter Yearsley
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Play 10 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by REF Rhonda Federman
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Play 11 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by RN ravenotation
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Play 12 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by TK Tasleem Khan
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Play 13 A Cry From an Indian Wife - Read by WS Kevin Chang
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