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Brenda Clews
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February Poetry Salon @ Urban Gallery tomorrow, the 28th!
Tomorrow! FUNtastic and brilliant afternoon! Come and warm your poetic souls at Urban Gallery , 400 Queen St E, doors 2:45pm, readings 3-5pm.
Two poets whose poetry intermeshes styles, spoken word, slam, literary poetry, love poetry, cultural events and ico...
Tomorrow! FUNtastic and brilliant afternoon! Come and warm your poetic souls at Urban Gallery, 400 Queen St E, doors 2:45pm, readings 3-5pm. Two poets whose poetry intermeshes styles, spoken word, slam, literary poetry, love poetry, cultural events and icons, you name it, these guys, ...
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A Drawing of Tara
A drawing of Tara, February 17, 2015, 11" x 14", graphite and Derwent InkTense blocks on Strathmore 80lb cream acid-free drawing paper.
"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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A small art journal for quick Journal Entries... mixed media, and on a prepared surface. Because I've been blocked, this is a way to gently move into the stream. 

The theme that's shaping seems to be Mind Maps. Each one is a picture of the inside of my mind at that moment.
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Basquiat at the AGO: An Untitled Portrait
Basquiat at the AGO: An Untitled Portrait When asked about his frequent use of "carbon" (tar, asbestos), Basquiat shot back, "How black do you think I have to be?" 1  Basquiat, quintessential black artist, brilliant rebel whose astronomical rise in the inte...
Basquiat at the AGO: An Untitled Portrait When asked about his frequent use of "carbon" (tar, asbestos), Basquiat shot back, "How black do you think I have to be?"1 Basquiat, quintessential black artist, brilliant rebel whose astronomical rise in the international art market in his 20s, ...
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The Minions perform ‘Iceland,’ a Pong, and Brenda Clews dances
direct link: Iceland The Minions ( Michael Oesch and Saskia van Tetering ) perform, ‘Iceland,’ a Pong (poem song) and Brenda Clews dances in her Split Mask at the January 2015 Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery in Toronto. It was a fun Poetry Salon! While there ...

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An accidental part of the filters I used, and I like your comment very much. So much could be done with that Pong and dance, +james kalin. When I heard they were in Iceland on vacation, and knew Michael had bought a theramin last Fall, I thought... I have a split mask and... hmnnn. So I asked if we could collaborate on a piece. No rehearsal - I saw them perform it the night before at a cafe (they had just made it up that morning) - lol. Impromptu rules!
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Sketch from Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night)
A little sketch of Dionne Samuels, aka The Bird of Paradise, while she was performing last night (Jan 27th) at Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night). Fabulous performance; fabulous evening! ©Brenda Clews, 21cm x 29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2015, Moleskine folio Sketchbook, gra...
A little sketch of Dionne Samuels, aka The Bird of Paradise, while she was performing last night (Jan 27th) at Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night). Fabulous performance; fabulous evening! ©Brenda Clews, 21cm x 29cm, 8" x 11.5", 2015, Moleskine folio Sketchbook, graphite.
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February Poetry Salon tomorrow, the 28th!
Come and listen to the part spoken word, slam and literary poetry of Kevin Fortnum and Stedmond Pardy and the Quantum jazz of Amoeba Starfish! Some poems will have projected video images too! Feb 28th at the Urban Gallery, 400 Queen St E, 2:30pm(doors open)...
Come and listen to the part spoken word, slam and literary poetry of Kevin Fortnum and Stedmond Pardy and the Quantum jazz of Amoeba Starfish! Some poems will have projected video images too! Feb 28th at the Urban Gallery, 400 Queen St E, 2:30pm(doors open) readings 3pm-5pm. Open mic.
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Journal Entries, 1-4
            A small art journal for quick Journal Entries... mixed media, and on a prepared surface. Because I've been blocked, this is a way to gently move into the stream. The theme that's shaping seems to be Mind Maps. Each one is a picture of the inside...
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Matt Mullins: Ten Notable Single-author Videopoems
Matt Mullins writes : "I really enjoy all forms of videopoetry, and collaborations have certainly led to some of the most groundbreaking and vital work out there, but I also have tremendous admiration for those people who work primarily as singular “videopo...
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January 2015 Poetry Salon: Photos and Videos
At last, here are the photos and video from my Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery on January 31, 2015. It was another wonderful, warm, talented, supportive afternoon of poetry and music! The rich imagery of the poems and the warmth of the Salon remain with me. M...
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Struggling with my Basquiat review
I'm really struggling with my Basquiat article. While I knew this would happen - there are too many tangents, too many things that need further explanation, and I do have a tendency to give too much background, and any more writing will weigh it down into t...
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The Minions perform ‘Iceland,’ a Pong, and Brenda Clews dances
direct link: Iceland The Minions ( Michael Oesch and Saskia van Tetering ) perform, ‘Iceland,’ a Pong (poem song) and Brenda Clews dances in her Split Mask at the January 2015 Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery in Toronto.
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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?"

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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

Hyperallergic
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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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Theo Willemse. Search this site. Home. Sculptures. Sculptures II. The Art of Form. Notes. Echo. Bio. Contact. Home. Sculpture of Theo Willem