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Irene Marques at The Common Monday, September 15th


At 8pm Monday, September 15th, Irene Marques will be at The Common, reading from her latest poetry collection, The Circular Incantation.

She will be reading alongside poets Laurie D. Graham and Harry Giles in an evening that promises captivating and evocative poetry (and a glass or two of wine).

Irene MarquesIrene Marques is a bilingual writer who emigrated from Portugal to Canada at the age of twenty. She has published works in both English and Portuguese and is the author of three English poetry collections: Wearing Glasses of Water; The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit; and The Circular Incantation: An Exercise in Loss and Findings. She has also published a short story collection in Portuguese titled Habitando na Metáfora do Tempo (‘Dwelling in the Metaphor of Time’). Currently, she teaches at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

Marques’ creative writing explores issues of personal and collective identity, mystical and mythical understandings of self, world and universe, gender, race, class, cultural syncretism, the Portuguese colonial wars in Africa and the Portuguese fascist regime. Her narratives abound in metaphorical, lyrical and magic-realist ways.

Her poetry collection, The Circular Incantation, is multifaceted and complex: the intimate personal, the familial and the local appear effortlessly intertwined with the collective socio-political, the mystical, the mythical, the religious, the ecological, the tribal and the cosmic. The often obvious references to specific countries like Portugal, Canada, or South Africa transit into countless other locales, memories and contexts, real or fictionalized, conscious or unconscious, read about and reworked, felt, thought, imagined, re-imagined, pondered upon … One incantation leads to another and another and ass you read it, you become engulfed, expanded, larger than you thought you were.

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