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Where Sadness is Not Mute: A Review of Pablo Valdivia’s, ‘Breathing Underwater’
Pablo Valdivia, Breathing Underwater translated from the Spanish by Ross Woods Guernica Editions, Fall 2014 102 pages Trade Paperback ISBN13: 9781550718799 ISBN10: 1550718797> English Translated from the Spanish $20.00 Canada, $20.00 US Where Sadness is Not...
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May Poetry Salon this Saturday afternoon!
On Saturday afternoon, May 30th, 2:30-5pm, I am hosting another wonderful Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery, 400 Queen St E (just west of Parliament) in Toronto. This month features poet Kath MacLean and musician/song writer Joani Paige. There are 8-10 open mic...
On Saturday afternoon, May 30th, 2:30-5pm, I am hosting another wonderful Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery, 400 Queen St E (just west of Parliament) in Toronto. This month features poet Kath MacLean and musician/song writer Joani Paige. There are 8-10 open mic spots of 5 min each and all forms of ...
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Simple sketch to test Pitt oil-based pencils
A simple sketch to test some Pitt Faber Castell oil-based pencils, soft and hard black, sanguine and sepia. In my Moleskine poetry journal. Small, 4"x3". _  
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I made a new YouTube channel today with a G+ page for videos that are not videopoetry... poetry readings, cats and dogs, or, today I posted an iPhone clip taken in my neighbourhood,  'A Bee Drunk on Nectar Pollinates Wild Yellow Roses.' The 'new' G+ page is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105694332654793508552/105694332654793508552/about I'll post the bee video when it's ready. Lol!
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'Words on Water, the Humber River Poetry Walk'
This walk is part of the Lost Rivers exploration:  http://lostrivers.ca . These photos are from, 'Words on Water, the Humber River Poetry Walk.' Yah, poets on the Humber River! A perfect afternoon! We walked, and then stopped a pre-designated spots for poet...
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'Contrast,' ink painting in Bampot Bohemian Teahouse Group Show. Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", acrylic, permanent India and acrylic inks on gallery size canvas. Bampot Bohemian House of Tea, 201 Harbord St (at Bathurst), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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'Contrast,' ink painting in Bampot Bohemian Teahouse Group Show
Contrast . Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", acrylic, and permanent India and acrylic inks on gallery size canvas. $400. Bampot Bohemian House of Tea 201 Harbord St (at Bathurst) Toronto, Ontario
Contrast. Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", acrylic, and permanent India and acrylic inks on gallery size canvas. $400. Bampot Bohemian House of Tea 201 Harbord St (at Bathurst) Toronto, Ontario
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Where Sadness is Not Mute: A Review of Pablo Valdivia’s, ‘Breathing Underwater’
Pablo Valdivia, Breathing Underwater translated from the Spanish by Ross Woods Guernica Editions, Fall 2014 102 pages Trade Paperback ISBN13: 9781550718799 ISBN10: 1550718797> English Translated from the Spanish $20.00 Canada, $20.00 US Where Sadness is Not...
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Faber Castell makes a few oil-based pencils specifically for figurative drawing. I could only find 4 colours in Toronto: soft and hard black, sanguine and sepia. A white would be nice as well but I have not found a store that sells it here yet.
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I stopped at this giant wild yellow rosebush today and watched a bee, so busy, so, so busy... from flower to flower, maybe 3 seconds each... not the best footage, but what I managed to get.
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Solarized!  Self-portrait.
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'Contrast,' ink painting in Bampot Bohemian Teahouse Group Show
Contrast . Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", acrylic, permanent India and acrylic inks on gallery size canvas. Bampot Bohemian House of Tea 201 Harbord St (at Bathurst) Toronto, Ontario
"Very interesting compositions. The layers of texts is very professional. Is it music? Is it poetry? Is it art? It is a bit of everything in a very skillful and sensitive mixture. Jürgen Herrmann · an album of 11 poems (33min) · an album of 5 poems (16min) · or single poems ...
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Zimbabwe, Zambia, England, Canada - Sinoia, Zimbabwe; Lusaka, Zambia; Frinton-on-the-Sea and Barnet, England; Vancouver and Toronto in Canada - Barnet, England - Frinton-on-Sea, England - Vancouver, Canada
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BRENDA CLEWS is an African-Canadian poet, painter, videopoet and editor living in Toronto, Canada.
She has edited textbooks, written articles for newspapers, taught yoga, done temporary office work, and dog sitting, while maintaining a reclusive lifestyle of writing and painting. She has a degree in Fine Arts and abandoned a PhD in English Lit many years ago.

Brenda has had solo art shows at York University (2000), Q Space (2013) and Urban Gallery (2014), and been in a number of group art shows including 'Birthtales' (1992) at A Space, 'Birth2' (2004) at Ayer Lofts in the US, '5 By 5' (2013) at The Gladstone Hotel, and forthcoming at Bampot and Yellow House Gallery (2014). Her artwork has appeared in 'Addiction to Perfection' and as two journal covers and in a poster for ‘ARM Magazine.’

Her poetry has been published in print journals, 'Tessera,' 'ARM Journal' and 'Labour of Love,' and on-line at 'SaucyVox,' 'Qarrtsiluni,' 'Mothers Movement Online,' and 'The Browsing Corner.' She presented papers yearly at conferences at York University and OISE on the maternal body from 2001-2006. Her video poetry has been featured at 'Moving Poems.'

LyricalMyrical Press published her chapbook, 'the luminist poems' in 2013. She has a full-length collection of poetry, 'Tidal Fury,' forthcoming with Guernica Editions. She hosts monthly Poetry Salons with 2-3 featured poets and open mic at Urban Gallery in Toronto.

She cites her early years spent barefoot, living in a compound of mud huts, with many wild animals and the wonderful Ndembu people, in the jungle of Kafue National Park in Zambia, for her deep resonance with the beauty, strangeness and brilliance of the tribal mind and the natural world.

She is a multi-media artist whose approach to a topic may include poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings, and video. Brenda's oeuvre focuses on the plethora, the multiple callings, the obsessive muse, the prism rather than the spotlight, or on multiple spotlights. She writes, "Where else do you flee? How do you combine yourself?"

Bragging rights
I met a lion in a jungle in Zambia (Africa) when I was 4 years old. I was alone. I shook my finger at him, 'Stop roaring at night! Nobody can sleep!' When asked later by my incredulous parents what 'Mr Lion looked like,' I said, "Blonde!'
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    Fine Arts, English Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies
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Rubies In Crystal: Vampires and Stuff (Halloween open mic @ The Beautifu...
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direct link: Vampires and stuff. Story by moi, Brenda Clews (who forgot one of the main punch lines of her own story, sheesh). A story about

Rubies In Crystal: Figure Sculpture, Week 5
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Forgot my 'art glasses' - blended tri-focals that enable me to see the model clearly and up close. So I used some off-the-shelf readers that

Rubies In Crystal: Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar
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Alex Boyd @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper. ___. brendaclews.com. Posted by

Rubies In Crystal: Poet Sketch Series: Art Bar
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Roger Greenwald @The Art Bar @Black Swan Tavern 22 OCT 2013, 11" x 8.5", graphite, charcoal, conte on 130lb paper. ___. brendaclews.com. Pos

Rubies In Crystal: Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The ...
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Installing Our '5 By 5' Art Show @ the Art Bar @ The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Greg Nordoff's, Jennifer Hosein's, Brenda Clews's paintings

Camarillo Fire births Phoenix
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Camarillo Phoenix photo by Terry deWolfe Several days after the recent devastating Camarillo Fire, a friend spotted this miraculous flower.

Rubies In Crystal: Pics from Art Bar feature last night
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Some pics taken at Q Space last night during my feature at The Art Bar. The first, with thanks to Jennifer Hosein for taking it, and the sec

Digested Sucks Notes And Highlights From iBooks And Spits Them Out In Ev...
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It seems like just yesterday that I was complaining about the lack of sharing and export in iOS reading apps… Maybe that’s because it was on

editorial: Why the Griffin Award is so important |
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KJ Mullins-Toronto: Since 2000 the Griffin Trust has been funding the Griffin Prize, a celebration of poetry and the world's best poets. Thi

"An Evolution of Toys" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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In this surreal digital art piece, I worked to reflect how the interests and pursuits of our minds mature slowly over time. The poem is an e

"The Memory Pool" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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This surreal digital art piece seeks to exemplify certain functions and attributes of experiencing memories. Metaphor, symbolism and a bit o

"Sunrise On My Crooked Little Island" -- Surreal Digital Art and Poetry
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This surreal digital art piece was crafted to express certain perspectives I have used to cope with scoliosis. The image is based on a recen

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Steven Pinker on Thinking About Our Society
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Steven Pinker on Thinking About Our Society: Why Violence Has Declined.

Writings of 'Who'
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A videopoem performance piece: I seek who allows me to write. In the sunlit corridor, perhaps. An encounter with my eclipsed twin, who answe

3-D printing of unmanned aerial vehicle that flies - CIOL News Reports
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The idea of 3-D printing works extremely well because it cuts down on very complex, high precision manufacturing methods that may not be ame

A First Time #NaNoWriMo Winner!
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Today is the last day of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Some writers still crunching the last of their 50,000 words before the l

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