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Asian Heritage: Art and Haiku in the Time of COVID-19

Poet Patria Rivera and artist Joe Rivera share their art through poetry and paintings. Patria Rivera will read from haiku written before the COVID-19 pandemic and revised during the months of lockdown, while Joe Rivera will share the artwork that he has created to counter months of self-quarantine. Their hope is that transcendent sketching from life can bring heightened awareness or capture the sublime even in uncertain times.
As Patria Rivera notes: “The haiku in this collection aim to bring old forms with new aesthetics, to limn from ordinary life moments that pierce and captivate, that probe and question the self against forces–living and nonliving, both visible and invisible–that surround us.”
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This event is part of the Asian Heritage Virtual Sessions at Toronto Public Library. It is presented by the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. in partnership with the Toronto Public Library and with the support of many organizations, include the York Centre for Asian Research. The series is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Sep 02 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Hosted online by the Toronto Public Library
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