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Clare Best: Self Portrait Without Breasts

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Clare Best

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:00pm


Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre
111 Gerrard Street East
top floor
Toronto, ON
GER 354


British poet Clare Best experienced the trauma of breast cancer as a teenager, nursing her mother through two radical mastectomies. Later, in her forties, facing a high risk of cancer herself, she decided to undergo her own preventive bilateral mastectomy. Opting against reconstruction, she turned to art instead, evolving her experience into a major creative project.

Coinciding with the Canadian Cancer Society's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre presents Clare Best's illustrated talk Self Portrait without Breasts on October 10.

In collaboration with photographer Laura Stevens, this evocative series of self-portraits in poetry and photography raises haunting questions about beauty, identity, loss and creativity. Best will share her experiences and new poetry collection, Excisions, followed by a discussion and book signing.

Free of charge, all welcome, refreshments served. There will even be a draw for a free copy of the book!

More information.

RSVP to: admin[at]mlc[dot]ryerson[dot]ca


Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre
111 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON GER 354 43° 39' 36.7056" N, 79° 22' 35.6988" W

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