'She was a leaf, a twig, a whirl of wind, the pink petal of a bee-pollinated flower.'
Fugue in Green Image

Brenda Clews' compelling book, Fugue in Green, is a gothic fairy tale that reminds one of Marie-Claire Blais' Mad Shadows or even Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Two teens struggle with a psychotic mother as they seek asylum with their father. In a mesh of resonant, echoing images where characters seem to psychically connect, a tale of abuse, madness, love and release emerges. Fugue in Green is sumptuously written, full of visions, psychological insights, and with a depth of understanding of the nascent creative mind in a nature that is alive, and indwelling.

The cover image is a detail of a 5' x 5' oil painting,
Charcoal Poems, by Brenda Clews.


'She was a leaf, a twig, a whirl of wind, the pink petal of a bee-pollinated flower.'

A few photos from my Birthday Bash/Book Launch March 7, 2018.

Birthday Bash/Book Launch, March 7, 2018
Reading
Book Table
Some of My Guests
Beautiful friends- Kaj, Tim & Heather
A beautiful friend & classical guitarist- William Beauvais

Photos from FIG Readings

Art Bar feature April 17, 2018
Launching Fugue in Green at the Quattro Books Launch Jan 31, 2018

'I was born from a cat, grew up in a moat, studied in a cloud, and speak the language of birds.'

'Some ghosts rise from those who have died; some are born of the imagination.'

Fugue in Green is available at all major booksellers:

Quattro Books | Amazon.ca |
Amazon.com | Amazon.UK |
Indigo Books | BookDepository
|
Goodreads |

If you would prefer to buy a signed book from me, send me an email.


Praise for 'Fugue in Green'

Erotic and sensual, extraordinarily vivid and imaginative, Fugue in Green is a magical treat indeed. -Lisa de Nikolits, author of No Fury Like That and 6 earlier novels
Fugue in Green…is a tale of monsters, imperfect sunsets and waifs who were born of cats and “speak the language of birds”. Its haunting prose, as sharp and perfect as a diamond and as delicate as a spider’s web, is a prayer cried out loud: a prayer for freedom. -Heather Babcock, author of Being Underground and Moving Backwards
This deceptively small book is a blockbuster. You start reading, slowly entering the mysterious pool of Clews' writing, unaware that its spell is creeping upon you and into your ears, eyes and nostrils until you are one with the liquid thoughts and dreams of these interwoven characters. I highly recommend this surreal - but very true - life's tale. -Stirling Davenport, an artist and author of The Nightwing's Quest, and two earlier books.
Fugue in Green is one of those mythic books that one feels compelled to read in one sitting. And if you buy only one book this year, make sure it is this one. -Charles Taylor, author of The Stupidity of Fuck
A gothic fairytale of spiritual connections, mystical protectors & escaping the clutches of a monster in Brenda Clews’ gripping, mesmerizing, magical Fugue in Green....Magical, sensuous and seductive, Clews’ words swirl around you and draw you in; mesmerizing with evocative colours and haunting, ethereal—and sometimes disturbing—images. A short, gripping modern fairy tale, it’s perfect for curling up for an afternoon or evening read, easily finished in one sitting. -Cate McKim, published short story and creative non-fiction writer, actor, singer, playwright, scenic artist, bartender, newsletter columnist, company blogger and editorial consultant.
This beautifully written story disturbed me with all the cruelty and grimness of a real-life totally believable 'fairy tale,' yet I felt uplifted by Steig's growing ability to find refuge and healing in both nature and her own creativity. I loved the strands of the different narratives woven into a fugue of luxuriant greenery, both dark and light. [Fugue in Green] was a gripping read! -Donna Langevin, author of The Laundress of Time and 5 earlier books.
Fugue in Green is largely about the creative process itself, which is skilfully woven into the narrative, blurring the boundaries between the creative imagination and the reality of everyday life. -Irena Nikolova, author of Complementary Modes of Representation in Keats, Novalis, and Shelley
Fugue in Green is a 'gothic fairy tale'… but also a story of intuition, of a sadly dysfunctional family and a mentally ill, abusive mother, an evocation of the power of creative thought, a ghost story and a voyage of recovery….The overall effect is a hallucinatory, highly poetic kind of fiction….I recommend you read it. -John Oughton, author of Mata Hari's Lost Words and 6 earlier books
What an amazing story! Very spiritual and at the same time mystical. It touched on good and evil, Heaven and Hell. -Marjorie Babcock
Fugue in Green courageously guides the reader through dark waters that many fear and few have successfully navigated. –Dr. Tom Gannon Hamilton, author of forthcoming chapbook, El Marillo, and 2 earlier poetry collections.
I was… impressed with… [Brenda's] ability to forge a very readable “down-to-earth” mix of prose and narrative, a hybrid of brilliantly flighty dreamscape imagery and gosh-darned-gut-gripping suspense. -Roman Romaniuk, author of Roman's Notes on DNA


Featured reader at Charles Taylor's book launch

Start Date:

2017-05-17T19:30:47EDT


End Time:

2017-05-17T22:00:47EDT


Location:

Bar Italia, 582 College St, Toronto, Canada


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Guest Poet at Linda Stitt's Words & Music Salon

Start Date:

2017-09-02T12:30:00EDT


End Time:

2016-09-09T15:30:00EDT


Location:

Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto


Event Description:

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New members reading at The League of Canadian Poets

Start Date:

2017-06-11T12:30:00EDT


End Time:

2017-05-01T13:30:00EDT


Location:

CSI Building meeting room, 192 Spadina Avenue


Event Description:

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Poetry & Music Salon Fundraiser

Start Date:

2017-05-27T13:45:00EDT


End Time:

2017-05-27T16:00:00EDT


Location:

Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, M6G 2P7


Event Description:

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Final Poetry & Music Salon (monthly series ends)

Start Date:

2017-06-24T13:45:00EDT


End Time:

2017-06-24T16:00:00EDT


Location:

Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, M6G 2P7


Event Description:

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Feature at 100,000 Poets for Change Toronto 2017

Start Date:

2017-09-16T18:00:00EDT


End Time:

2017-06-11T22:00:00EDT


Location:

Mây, 876 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J1W1


Event Description:

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Feature at Wild Writers

Start Date:

2017-11-01T19:00:00EDT


End Time:

2017-11-01T21:30:00EDT


Location:

Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave, Toronto


Event Description:

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Feature @ Words & Music Salon

Start Date:

2018-01-06T12:30:00EST


End Time:

2018-01-06T15:30:00EST


Location:

Tranzac Club in the Tiki Room, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto


Event Description:

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'Fugue in Green' @ Quattro Book Launch

Start Date:

2018-01-31T19:00:00EST


End Time:

2018-01-31T22:00:00EST


Location:

The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto


Event Description:

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Feature @ the Urban Folk Art Salon

Start Date:

2018-01-25T18:30:00EST


End Time:

2018-01-25T20:30:00EST


Location:

Mount Pleasant Public Library, 599 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M5


Event Description:

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Fugue in Green Book Launch/Birthday Bash

Start Date:

2018-03-07T19:00:00EST


End Time:

2018-03-07T21:00:00EST


Location:

Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON


Event Description:

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Feature @ Word Up Barrie

Start Date:

2018-10-11T19:00:00EDT


Location:

Unity Market Cafe & Studios, 25 Toronto St, Barrie, ON L4N 1T8


Event Description:

Feature @ The Art Bar Poetry Series

Start Date:

2018-04-17T20:00:00EDT


End Time:

2018-03-28T22:30:00EDT


Location:

Free Times Café, 320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3


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Reviews

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Charles Taylor

Heather Babcock


"Fugue in Green…is a tale of monsters, imperfect sunsets and waifs who were born of cats and “speak the language of birds”. Its haunting prose, as sharp and perfect as a diamond and as delicate as a spider’s web, is a prayer cried out loud: a prayer for freedom."

Charles Taylor

John Oughton


"Fugue in Green is a 'gothic fairy tale'… but also a story of intuition, of a sadly dysfunctional family and a mentally ill, abusive mother, an evocation of the power of creative thought, a ghost story and a voyage of recovery….The overall effect is a hallucinatory, highly poetic kind of fiction….I recommend you read it."

Charles Taylor

Cate McKim


"Magical, sensuous and seductive, Clews’ words swirl around you and draw you in; mesmerizing with evocative colours and haunting, ethereal—and sometimes disturbing—images. A short, gripping modern fairy tale, it’s perfect for curling up for an afternoon or evening read, easily finished in one sitting."

Charles Taylor

Lisa de Nikolits


"Fugue in Green is a marvellous, magical treat! Exquisite writing takes you by the hand and leads you into this secret, surreal garden of wonder and delight."

Charles Taylor

Tom Gannon Hamilton


[Clews is] an artist with boundless imagination and a knack for gravitating toward the right medium for each creative expression. Nobody familiar with her scope will be surprised that she has penned a brilliant novel.

Charles Taylor

Irena Nikolova


Fugue in Green is largely about the creative process itself, which is skilfully woven into the narrative, blurring the boundaries between the creative imagination and the reality of everyday life….Brenda Clews has created a narrative, which is highly poetic, gliding effortlessly from one scene to the next, driven by the relentless power of the creative mind.

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor


"Fugue in Green is one of those mythic books that one feels compelled to read in one sitting. And if you buy only one book this year, make sure it is this one."

Charles Taylor

Roman Romaniuk


A Personal Response


"I was… impressed with… [Brenda's] ability to forge a very readable “down-to-earth” mix of prose and narrative, a hybrid of brilliantly flighty dreamscape imagery and gosh-darned-gut-gripping suspense."

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Reading from Fugue in Green at Tom's Salon, Jan 25, 2018. Photo by Lisa de Nikolits.

Fugue in Green is available at all major booksellers:

Quattro Books | Amazon.ca |
Amazon.com | Amazon.UK |
Indigo Books | BookDepository
|
Goodreads |

If you would prefer to buy a signed book from me, send me an email.

Fugue in Green - reading at a feature at Words & Music Salon in January 2018.

Fugue in Green - reading at a feature at Words & Music Salon in January 2018.


A video of my reading when I featured at the Art Bar Poetry Series on April 17, 2018. Fugue in Green, while it has a narrative, is a prose poetry novella. I begin this reading with a section on how poetry is the vector between the concrete world and the world of the imagination, and end with the beginnings of a lovemaking scene, and what could be more poetic than that? Carl Jung would say to his mistress, 'Let's go and make poetry.'

I hope you enjoy the selections I chose.

First videoed reading of my new novella, Fugue in Green. It has received great reviews. This novella was written during NaNoWriMo 2012! It kind of wrote itself. I am happy with this little book. The Quattro Launch was fabulous - crowded, a great line-up of authors and their books, a fun night.


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