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Brenda Clews
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Drawing at PRIDE
        Trasharella (Philip Cairns in drag), 9" x 12", ©BrendaClews, A Divine Afternoon @ Urban Gallery in Honour of PRIDE, 27 June 2015, graphite and other media on Strathmore 400 Series acid free drawing paper. My drawing of Trasharella yesterday @ A Divi...
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Trailer for an Upcoming Videopoetry Performance
direct link: Trailer for Upcoming Videopoem Performance A short trailer for my upcoming feature! I'm presenting and performing three of my videopoems at Shab-e She'r next Tuesday evening, June 30th. As a multi-media artist, I am very excited to be showing m...
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Before Conceptualism
Before Conceptualism . Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", oils on gallery size canvas. $1,000. range when completed and varnished. Almost finished . What I'm considering: toning down the blue lady on the right with a patina of white when she is dry; toni...
Before Conceptualism. Brenda Clews, 2015. 16" x 20" x 1.5", oils on gallery size canvas. $1,000. range when completed and varnished. Almost finished. What I'm considering: toning down the blue lady on the right with a patina ...
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More sketches of poets at readings around the city
Lorraine Gane @ The Art Bar Margaret Christakos @ The Art Bar Gianna Patriarca @ Vino Rosso Gene Wong @ The Art Bar About the only life drawing I am doing these days - I do enjoy sketching poets and musicians, if they're relatively still, that is! I've thro...
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More photos from my upcoming videopoetry live performance on June 30th
        Especially for those of you working in video or considering video for your writing, you might try to make it to this presentation because you will find it interesting and it will spark so many ideas for your own work! Here are more images from my 'I...
Especially for those of you working in video or considering video for your writing, you might try to make it to this presentation because you will find it interesting and it will spark so many ideas for your own work! Here are more images from my 'Ink Ocean' videopoem that I will be showing ...
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Small quick drawings done on the subway.
"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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+CŒDES Pierre-Marie, gosh, you are sooo very wonderful. Thank you, my friend. And I haven't as yet responded to your latest concertos, though I have listened at length, ahhhh.... such heaven, your music.

These pieces are not on the Internet. I have made special performance versions that either have never been public or I have built on what was done earlier on-line so they are not the same anymore. I think what I need to do is find a publisher for the poems and then can embed the urls of the videopoems in the book and I could release the videopoems at that point. Trying to figure out my options, and had a great dream that helped me to think in this new direction.

For you, though, perhaps I could privately share.

Again, many thanks!
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Trailer for an Upcoming Videopoetry Performance
direct link: Trailer for Upcoming Videopoem Performance A short trailer for my upcoming feature! I'm presenting and performing three of my videopoems at Shab-e She'r next Tuesday evening, June 30th. As a multi-media artist, I am very excited to be showing m...
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She is still Untitled, but almost finished....
Untitled, work-in-progress, ©Brenda Clews 2015, 16" x 20", oil on canvas. What I'm considering: toning down the blue lady on the right with a patina of white when she is dry; toning down that knee-shaped pillow (that echoes the saron lady's bent knee) or ad...
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Poems that Offer a Mythic Feast: A Review of Clara Blackwood's, 'Forecast'
Forecast by Clara Blackwood Guernica Editions, Spring 2014 108 pages Trade Paperback ISBN13: 9781550718195 ISBN10: 1550718193 English $20.00 Canada, $20.00 US Poems that Offer a Mythic Feast: A Review of Clara Blackwood's, 'Forecast' by Brenda Clews Clara B...
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Preparing for an upcoming feature performance...
A photo from one of the performance videos I am working on for my poetry feature at Shab-e S'her on June 30th, a Tuesday, at Beit Zatoum 612 Markham St (near Bloor and Bathurst). Been busy preparing for this upcoming feature - I will be doing about half an ...
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Attended the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings
The  2015 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist  Readings last night at Koerner Hall (each writer gets $10,000. for being shortlisted, the books translated share the money) – Shane Book, Eleanor Goodman and Wang Xiaoni, Marek Kazmierski and Wioletta Greg, Michael ...
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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: 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

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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

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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

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

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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

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