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Pen & ink drawing of Luciano Iacobelli
A rather raw pen and ink sketch of Luciano Iacobelli in preparation for a portrait painting.  ©Brenda Clews, 9"x12", pen and ink on Strathmore 140lb watercolour paper. Luciano, Rocco and I are doing a triple book launch on Wednesday, January 18th: A literar...
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subtle and electric at once.
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Which one is the real one?
Which one is the real one? A too-fast sketch of Geraldine James in Jewel of India (1984), though she looks obliquely Frida somehow. With the somewhat crude tool I am using, a $2.75 bamboo reed that I love that blots and dabs, the attempt at, approach to, di...
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Dahlings! Happy New Year!
Dahlings! Wishing you an extraordinary 2017 in all ways, creative, spiritual, financial and in your relationships. Overcome oppressions with true tidal fury! (costume I patched together to perform Tidal Fury, a book about overcoming oppression) _   |  Gue...
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Wishing you the best of the Festive Season
Wishing everyone a wonderful festivity of giving, love and feasting! Happy Christmas, Hannukah, Shab-e Yalda, Yule, however you celebrate the birth of the light! <3 br=""> (The most perfect tree ever - it is real, yes!) _  
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Kitty is Improving
Some tentative good news - my kitty, Aria, is lightly using her paw again when she walks. Not every time, but definitely last night and this morning a little bit. Which implies that it was a bad sprain (the vet's original diagnosis when I took her in a week...
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+Brenda Hand -it is! And thank you
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Simple sketch of Aria
I thought my pussy cat had broken her leg, but it turns out there is no fracture and it may have been an embolism. She's only 4 years old. Here's a simple little sketch because I would like to paint her. No idea what the final prognosis will be, or what's c...
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Video of 'Tidal Fury' Guernica Launch!
|  Guernica Editions  |  Amazon.ca  |  Amazon.com  |  Amazon.UK  |  Indigo Books  |  Goodreads  | direct link:  Tidal Fury Guernica Launch 2016 Here is a video of my set for my book, Tidal Fury , at the Guernica Editions launch Dec 4th. The talented and lov...
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'The Child is Father of the Man' (Wordsworth)
'The Child is Father of the Man,' (Wordsworth), ©Brenda Clews, 9"x12", pen and ink on Strathmore 140lb watercolour paper. Last night's drawing. _     |  Guernica Editions  |  Amazon.ca  |  Amazon.com  |  Amazon.UK  |  Indigo Books  |  Goodreads  |
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In both faces, I see the eyes, swim in the void, but at the same time they determine the depth of this void. It is the same principle that give meaning to the infinite, or to the eternal. Something like a past without beginning, and an endless future.
I like a drawing that exceeds his status of mood, and comes up with an idea.
This mysterious expression of "Wordsworth", here is a part, if one may say, of the "organic structure" of this drawing.
Your art is very special Brenda ..
From the same category of " William Blake " ... Something between ' manierism ' and ' specialism ' .
Have a nice time +Brenda Clews 
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'the attraction' - pen & ink sketch
'the attraction seems not so much at the heart of it but wheeling outside it' (Larkin), ©Brenda Clews, 9"x12", pen and ink on Fabriano 140lb 100% cotton watercolour paper. Original note at 1am a few nights ago: Loosely drawn. The sketch, fairly quick. The f...
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Dahlings! Wishing you an extraordinary 2017 in all ways, creative, spiritual, financial and in your relationships. Overcome oppressions with true tidal fury!

(costume I patched together to perform Tidal Fury, a book about overcoming oppression)

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+Patsy Priebe Happy New Year dahlin'! Wishing you an incredibly wonderful 2017.
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Wishing You a Brilliant Solstice
Happy Solstice! When the sun is furthest, the night darkest, the return begins. Immanence, beginnings. (I don't mean to sound sappy but seriously): Be the shining light you are. _  
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'Tidal Fury' @ Guernica Launch!
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Introduction
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!'
Education
  • York University
    Fine Arts, English Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies
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Birthday
March 7
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poet, painter, videopoet, editor
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Toronto, Canada
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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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Rubies In Crystal: 2nd Wash of Oils on Three Close-ups of Women Portraits
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Three Close-Up Portraits of Women, work-in-process, 2nd wash of oils, which, when they are dried a bit, will be stretched back onto their ca

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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The World's Greatest New York Art Blogazine

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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