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March 2016 Poetry & Music Salon @ Palmerston Library Theatre

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Our March 2016 Poetry and Music Salon at Palmerston Library Theatre was superb. What a line-up of talent and warmth, I am so lucky to receive such a gift every month!

The EMU men, Luciano Iacobelli and Robert Marra, were extraordinary, and crazy hilarious. Margaret Christakos brought her elegant, mellifluous speaking voice to her poems and writings, giving her fertile work resonances that you might not find reading on the page - always such a treat to hear her. And Tom Gannon Hamilton, breaking our hearts with his violin or making them sing, he's our Pied Piper, and you should follow him around the city wherever he plays, and he read poems of opening to Spring, love poems.

High quality on the open mic too - Stanley Fefferman's writing is amazing, wowed by Victoria Lidia Ilgacs, gentle and beautiful Daniela Chis' writing is like her, Kirk Felix recited a poem that became a song with his guitar, his very first poemsong, that he wrote in 1970, called, "Christine," a…

On the Edge of An Abstraction, a drawing

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Watching House of Cards (shivers! the ruthlessness of it all but the acting! Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are brilliant) and doodling - this is what it is. It seems like there might be a story in it. I was also thinking of a Muriel Rukeyser quote (which is, in fact, written in there and then blotted out), "If one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open." On the Edge of An Abstraction, 21cm x 29.7cm, 8.25" x 11.75", multi-media in Moleskine Sketchbook. © Brenda Clews 2016.

With thanks to Jean Morris for her comment on Facebook which led me to a title for this drawing.
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Sketch of poet John Oughton

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Little graphite sketch of poet John Oughton (done as part of a trade and at my place where I put on Chasing Ice for him to watch while I drew him). Drawing shown here, 6½" x 7", In a Moleskine Sketchbook, 21cm x 29.7cm, 8.25" x 11.75". © Brenda Clews 2016.
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Watercolour Sketch of my Cat

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...just a sketch. Watercolour and charcoal on watercolour paper. Did a little something that took an hour or so tonight for testing archival varnish sprays. Aria, my kitty. In a Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, A4, 12" x 8.5" © Brenda Clews 2016.
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Poetry & Music Salon at Palmerston Library Theatre Sat aft March 19th!

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Breaking News! My next Poetry and Music Salon will be held in the Palmerston Library Theatre! It will be on the last Saturday of March break, March 19th, from 2-4pm or so, at 560 Palmerston Ave (just north of Bloor near Bathurst Stn). A brilliant afternoon. Tom Gannon Hamilton will play violin for half an hour (so beautiful). Luciano Iacobelli and Robert Marra will wow us with an EMU reading (you should not miss this- it's like taking some kind of unknown drugs). And the lady of lyrical streaming poetry, Margaret Christakos is our special guest poet. It's FREE, with pass-the-hat for the features. Here is a photo I took of the theatre - it seats 120, so do come out if you can. I'll be making organic hot apple cider too!


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February Poetry & Music Salon at Charlotte Hale Art Gallery

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Our Poetry and Music Salon Sat Feb 27, 2016 at Charlotte Hale's gallery was beautiful! The gallery was packed. The poets and musicians superb. An amazing afternoon of the warmth and talent in the Toronto poetry and music communities in an exquisite gallery in Mirvish Village - what more could one ask? Feeling nothing but blessed. Thank you!

I would especially like to thank Charlotte Hale for her hospitality and sharing her gallery for an afternoon event. The features, Roger Greenwald, and Richie Weisdorf, truly a treat for the mind, ear, heart, spirit. Roger is a poet at his prime, and if you ever get a chance to see him read, go. Richie is an up and coming musician who sings jazz-inspired songs to a complexity of rhythms and chords. Keep him on your list. To my two Guest Features, Karen Shenfeld, wow, she is force of her own, terrific poetry, and Jim McCuaig, maestro on his guitar, many thanks. Open mic often brings energy to an event - all those who shared their poetry added imm…