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“Happiest of New Years and everything”

Thank you Elisabeth (& Jonathan, too!)  Warmly received. knife | fork | book

What keeps me here


Anansi. Anthuser. Apt.9. Arsenal Pulp. Baseline. BookThug. Brick. Canadian Magazines. Coach House. Coffee House. Copper Canyon. Desert Pets Press. Dumagrad. Fellow independent booksellers. Frog Hollow. Gaspereau. Gesture. Goose Lane. Guernica Editions. Invisible. Krupskaya. Mansfield. Metatron. The Operating System. Palimpsest. Pedlar. Porcupine’s Quill. Puddles of Sky. Self-publishers. Signature Editions. The Song Cave. Sunny Outside. Thee Hell Box. Tightrope. Ugly Duckling. VéhiculeWave. Wolsak and Wynn. words (on) pages. Publishers of poetry, all.

Thank you.

The love of good poetry. knife | fork | book


My favorite self-descriptor is still “reader.” And don’t you find “curator” is so overused these days that it almost demands air quotation marks. I see myself more as the old KoolAid pitcher who busts through the walls championing poets and poetry. (“O YEAH!!!”).

knife fork book‘s JEFF KIRBY interviewed by LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON of The Operating System (Brooklyn) in the current issue of Boog City (East Village, NYC).

Read entire interview here >

Present time


“I’m intoxicated by fire, light traveling through color, integrity of materials and making something where there was nothing… I love the overpowering silence involved.” LISSA WOLSAK (Vert Magazine)
Wolsak in Of Beings Alone interjects into her poetry the disappointment of our present time, compelled as it is by capitalism’s bottom line and the “mean” face it has acquired. Refusing to sentimentalize alienation or delineate dystopia, Wolsak creates a poetry of words that glow and create heat:  “some numbness of presence / an unutterable virtuosity/ spectacularized our being.” – Jeanne Heuving, author of The Transmutation of Love in Avant-Garde Poetics and Transducer

2015 Winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award in a glorious reprint by TinFish Press.

Of Beings Alone : The Eigenface

We have a few copies in store. $27 CDN
Lissa Wolsak ~  Poet, goldsmith and practitioner of Energy Psychology in Vancouver, B.C., Lissa is the author of The Garcia Family Co-MercyPen Chants, or nth or 12 Spirit-like Impermanences; A Defence of Being; An Heuristic Prolusion; Squeezed Light: Collected Works 1995– 2004, and forthcoming long-poems Thrall; and LIGHTSAIL.

“I’d go.”


Why? (because you already know.)

3-Day Boxing Week Sale on all poetry books in stock, (some exceptions on signed/numbered editions).

$10 OFF (every $50 purchase) 

TUES WEDS THURS 1-6PM  knife | fork | book

The poets

Yes, there’s plenty of things to say goodbye to 2016. But, we have dozens, (if not hundreds), of reasons to be thankful.

The real story? Since we’ve opened in early October, there hasn’t been a single day without a poet, an aspiring poet, a reader/lover of poetry coming in to browse, introduce themselves, drop off copies of their books, uncover a find, hear/read poetry aloud, purchase a treasure.

“A new poetry bookshop has opened in Toronto.”

To Rick, and Rick’s Cafe, Bri-Bri, Drew, Isobel, Dylan, Nathan, Bernard, the boys Leo & Joseph, my older brother Rick, Hoa, the extraordinary people and merchants in Kensington Market, our ‘regs.’ Thank you.

To 2017. Not a single day without. knife | fork | book

Photos: KIRBY