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ANNE BOYER  A HANDBOOK OF DISSAPOINTED FATE (UGLY DUCKLING) on order

ANNICK MACASKILL NO MEETING WITHOUT BODY (GASPEREAU) on order

KLARA DU PLESSIS  EKKE  (PALIMPSEST) in store

JIM JOHNSTONE ed. THE NEXT WAVE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF 21ST CENTURY CANADIAN POETRY (ANSTRUTHER) in store

AMANDA JERNIGAN YEARS, MONTHS, DAYS (BIBLIOASIS) in store

ERIC SCHMALTZ SURFACES (INVISIBLE) in store

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DANI COUTURE LIFE WITHOUT TRANSMISSION (WOLSAK & WYNN)  in store

ALEXIS MARSHALL A SEA ABOVE THE PAINS OF OUR YOUTH (PERMANENT SLEEP) in store

NEW & NOTEWORTHY: CHRISTOPHER SOTO ed. QUEER POETS OF COLOR (NIGHTBOAT). TERRENCE HAYES AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN (PENGUIN). AIDEN CHAFE SHORT HISTORIES OF LIGHT (MCGILL-QUEENS).

KIRBY’S PICKS: CACONRAD WHILE STANDING IN LINE FOR DEATH (WAVE). SIMONE WHITE DEAR ANGEL OF DEATH (UGLY DUCKLING) TANIS FRANCO QUARRY (UNIV CALGARY PRESS). HENRI COLE ORPHIC PARIS (NYRB). TONGO EISEN-MARTIN HEAVEN IS ALL GOODBYES (CITY LIGHTS). RICHARD SCOTT SOHO (FABER). JOELLE BARRON RITUAL LIGHTS (ICEHOUSE). (There’s more, ask.)

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“We answer with our lives.”

jj boyjj who lookjj him feetjj feet

 

jj I am black

I first came across June Jordan’s WHO LOOK AT ME, a book she wrote for her son, Christopher, on display at Poet’s House (NYC), later acquiring this discarded library copy, written in 1969, sadly out of print.

In describing how this book came to be, Miss Jordon wrote, “We do not see those we do not know. And, in a nation suffering fierce hatred the question, race to race, man to man, and child to child, is WHO LOOK AT ME. We answer with our lives. Let the human eye begin unlimited embrace of human life.”

JUNE JORDAN WHO LOOK AT ME  Thomas Y. Crowell : New York, 1969.

 

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Ardently edited by Anstruther Press’ JIM JOHNSTONE, I’d be hard-pressed to add to this essential list of the current, many who have graced us reading here at KFB. Highly recommended for every academic, school and public library worldwide. A new primer for poets and readers.  – KIRBY,  knife | fork | book

THE NEXT WAVE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF 21ST CENTURY CANADIAN POETRY (Anstruther Books)

The Next Wave contains over 150 poems from writers who have published exclusively in the new century.

Featuring poets:

 Jordan Abel • James Arthur • Billy-Ray Belcourt • Linda Besner • Shane Book • Suzanne Buffam • Mark Callanan • Chad Campbell • Dani Couture • Kayla Czaga • Sadiqa de Meijer • Joe Denham
Raoul Fernandes • Autumn Getty • Jason Guriel • Leah Horlick • Liz Howard • Stevie Howell • Amanda Jernigan • Aisha Sasha John • Evan Jones • Sonnet L’Abbé • Ben Ladoucer • Jeff Latosik
Canisia Lubrin • Nyla Matuk • Jacob McArthur Mooney • Sachiko Murakami • Alexandra Oliver • Soraya Peerbaye • James Pollock • Michael Prior • Damian Rogers • Johanna Skibsrud
Souvankham Thammavongsa • Nick Thran • Daniel Scott Tysdal • Sheryda Warrener • Ian Williams
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FRIDAY JULY 6TH CATHERINE & KATHLEEN CATHERINE GRAHAM | KATHLEEN MCCRACKEN

CATHERINE GRAHAM’s sixth poetry collection The Celery Forest (Wolsak & Wynn, Buckrider Books) is a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017 and appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry List.
KATHLEEN McCRACKEN is a Canadian poet and academic. She is the author of seven collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College (Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1992, A Geography of Souls (Thistledown Press, 2002), Moonclaves (Exile Editions, 2007) and Tattoo Land (Exile Editions, 2009).A bilingual English/Portuguese edition of her poetry entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems, and featuring a preface by Medbh McGuckian, was published by the distinguished Brazilian press Editora Ex Machina. Kathleen has lived in Ireland for many years and is currently Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

 

FRIDAY JULY 13TH DAVID HADBAWNIK DANIEL C. REMEIN KATHARINE JAGER DALE SMITH

DAVID HADBAWNIK is a poet, translator, and medieval scholar. His Aeneid Books 1-6 was published by Shearsman Books in 2015. In 2012, he edited Thomas Meyer’s Beowulf (Punctum Books), and in 2011 he co-edited selections from Jack Spicer’s Beowulf for CUNY’s Lost and Found Document Series. He is the editor and publisher of Habenicht Press and the journal kadar koli and a co-editor of eth press, which focuses on creative interactions with medieval texts, and Assistant Professor of English at American University of Kuwait. His latest book, Holy Sonnets to Orpheus and Other Poems, was published by Delete Press in June 2018.
DANIEL C. REMEIN is the author of A Treatise on the Marvelous for Prestigious Museums, recently released by punctum books, and the chapbooks Picket Songs and Pearl. He co-founded the Organism for Poetic Research, in New York, and he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  
KATHARINE JAGER is a poet and a medieval scholar.  She has an MFA in poetry from New York University, where her advisor was Marie Ponsot.  Her poetry has appeared in Found, The gettysburg Review, Commonweal, Canteen, Friends Journal and in the Yale anthology, Before the Door of God, among other places.  Essays on medieval masculinity and poetics have appeared in Medieval Feminist Forum, SoundingOut, and Medieval Perspectives.  She is the editor of Vernacular Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary volume forthcoming with Palgrave’s New Middle Ages series.
DALE SMITH is a poet, critic, and scholar of poetry and rhetorical theory on the faculty of English at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the editor with Robert J. Bertholf of An Open Map: The Robert Duncan / Charles Olson Correspondence and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson. A critical study of poetry and public culture, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960, was published in 2012. His writing has appeared in The Baffler, Best American Poetry 2002, Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, The Walrus, and elsewhere. A recent book of poetry, Slow Poetry in America, was published by Cuneiform in 2014; other poetry includes American Rambler (2000); The Flood & the Garden (2002); Black Stone (2007); Susquehanna (2008); and most recently Sons (knife | fork | book, 2017). His reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Brick. Born in Dallas, Texas, Smith has resided in Ontario since 2011 with the poet Hoa Nguyen and their children, Keaton and Waylon.

 

FRIDAY JULY 20TH ANSTRUTHER PRESS SUMMER CHAPBOOK LAUNCH  JAMES ARTHUR | EVAN JONES | PAOLA FERRANTE | FAWN PARKER

JAMES ARTHUR was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, A Stegner Fellowship, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland. His debut collection, Charms Against Nature, available from Copper Canyon Press.
PAOLA FERRANTE is a Toronto based writer who majored in creative writing at York University.   Her work has previously appeared in Tart.  Her current projects include writing her first novel, conquering rock walls and making craft beer.
EVAN JONES was born in Toronto. A dual citizen of Canada and Greece, he has lived in Britain since 2005. He has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Manchester and has taught at York University in Toronto, and in Britain at the University of Bolton and Liverpool John Moores University. His first collection, Nothing Fell Today But Rain (2003), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. He is co-editor of the anthology Modern Canadian Poets (Carcanet, 2010).
FAWN PARKER is a writer and editor based in Montreal. A graduate of Concordia University’s Honours English and Creative Writing program, Fawn was awarded the Irving Layton Award for Fiction in 2017. She is co-founder of BAD NUDES Magazine and poetry editor at Hybrid Heaven and is the author of Looking Good and Having a Good Time (Metatron, 2015) and Weak Spot (Anstruther, 2018).

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A delight to welcome MAWENZI HOUSE and publisher NURJEHAN AZIZ to celebrate their latest, ARCHNA SAHNI ANOTHER NIRVANA, and AHILAN THEN THERE WERE NO WITNESSES read in Tamil with English translation by GEETHA SUKUMARAN, last night.  knife | fork | book