Much to admire. Here.

It may just be my hearing, but sometimes I hear the word ‘admire,’ a perfectly good word, as somehow dimunative a descriptor in what increasingly is trending as not ‘readings,’ but ‘events.’ Like referring to something as merely ‘interesting,’ when it is indeed just that.

I am intensely interested in hearing three poets I greatly admire (and enjoy) in what promises to be an eventful reading this Thursday evening at knife | fork | book  Join us. – Kirby

I marvel at that stranger, so confident of body, of future.



knife | fork | book
at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish
SUE CHENETTE, classical pianist, poet, is the author of two collections of poetry with Guernica: The Bones of his Being (2012) and Slender Human Weight (2009.) She is one of five co-authors of the renga Weathering (Silver Maple Press, 2008), as well as three chapbooks: Solitude in Cloud and Sun, A Transport of Grief, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001.
RUTH ROACH PIERSON has published four poetry collections: Where No Window Was, 2002, Aide-Mémoire, which was a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry finalist in 2008, CONTRARY in 2011, and Realignment (Palimpsest, 2015). In 2014 Guernica Editions published an anthology of film poems she edited entitled I Found It at the Movies. Aperture, her chapbook of poems written in response to the photography of Josef Sudek, was also released in 2014. Her most recent chapbook is Untranslatable Thought (Anstruther, 2016).
JACLYN PIUDIK Ph.D poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Crosscurrents,Barrow Street, The New Quarterly, Garden Variety Anthology,and Crave It, among others, and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautful Outlaw, 2013) The Tao of Loathliness  (fooliar press 2005). Jaclyn is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Photos: Kirby. Art Bar. Palimpsest Press.

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Pearl. Poet.


Love me some Pearl.

I first heard poet PEARL PIRIE at a showcase of Canadian poets reading in Bryant Park (NYC) a few summers ago. A hellacious thunderstorm just stopped, wetness hanging everywhere, and there was Pearl, reading from her delightful ‘radish.’ I was completely taken with her love of the word, and wanted more.

Hear @pesbo TONIGHT opening for word (on) pages   knife | fork | book

Pearl 7PM  words(on)pages 7:30PM
Photos: KIRBY

The sweat

The poem that does not eliminate the effort or labour from the writing. The poem that makes difficulty visible. The untidy poem. The apparently struggling poem. The Sick Woman poem. The poem that does not hide its poet because that poet is always there, just behind the curtain. The poems that risk being a try-hard, a killjoy, a slow learner, an angry [whatever]. Poems that risk needing a shower. The poem that has struggled into being, sweating, shaking. The poem that lets us see—forces us to see—the sweat.

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“Let Them See You Sweat” – the latest issue of Poetry Is Dead, is almost here! Join co-guest-editors Sachiko Murakami and Sonnet L’Abbé as they introduce some of the wonderful writers who appear in the issue.


knife | fork | book
at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30  Poetry 7-ish

Two presses


* it IS possible. you have value. you have permission * | ** raging against the dying of the light ** LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON @OnlyWhatICan

BROOKLYN. Home of two remarkable small presses we carry here at the shop, UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE and Lynne Desilva-Johnson’s THE OPERATING SYSTEM. Visits to both proved not only ‘inspired,’ but revelatory. Thanks to Anna Moschovakis, Dan and the talented team at UDP and to Lynne and Ruby for their kindnesses and the tireless, creative, radically beautiful work they produce.

Photos: KIRBY

Group Huddle at TOPOS


A sparkling occasion from start to finish, host PARKER MENZIMER‘s GROUP HUDDLE Reading Series at TOPOS BOOKSTORE & CAFE this past Wednesday included an exquisitely hand-folded chapbook of the evening’s readers gifted to all in attendence. Such a pleasure to share the stage with poets DAVID BRADFORD and ANDREW DURBIN (who treated us with an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released MacArthur Park). Thanks to Parker and Anny from TOPOS (a haven in Ridgewood) for the delights. (Also pictured: Spoonbill)
Photos: KIRBY