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Draft Reading Series Making their 2015 Debut with Readings by Irene Marques and Many More

Draft is kicking off  again at The Paint Box Bistro January 25, 2015. The series will be starting their 2015 line-up with readings by Julia Campbell-Such, Leesa Deane, Cherie Dimaline, Nora Gold, and Guernica’s own Irene Marques.

Irene MarquesIrene Marques has taught African and Caribbean literatures, comparative and world literature, literary theory, and writing and rhetoric at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the University of Toronto for over 10 years. She has also worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for 14 years. Aside from academic publications, she is the author of two other English-language poetry collections –Wearing Glasses of Water and The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit – and the Portuguese short story collection, Habitando na Metáfora do Tempo: Crónicas Desejadas (Dwelling in the Metaphor of Time: Desired Chronicles).

The poems in The Circular Incantation are  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 you become engulfed, expanded, larger than you thought you were.

When: 2:30 p.m. January 25, 2015
Where: The Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St. E.

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