CA CONRAD While Standing in Line for Death (Wave, 2017)
SAM SAX Madness (Penguin, 2017)
DANEZ SMITH Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf, 2017)
KAVEH AKBAR Calling a Wolf a Wolf Alice James, 2017)
JERAMY DODDS Drakkar Noir (Coach House, 2017)
SINA QUEYRAS My Ariel (Coach House, 2017)
KATHRYN MOCKLER Some Theories, (ST Press, 2017)
ELIANNA LEV Sex Made Me (kfb, 2017)
CEDAR SIGO [ed.] JOANNE KYGER There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera (Wave, 2017)
ANNA MACLACHLAN Music of Sleep (Erin Robinsong, 2017)
Week ending 30 September 2017 (monthly list)
HOT: JAY RITCHIE Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie (Coach House) CANISIA LUBRIN Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn) DAVID BRADFORD Call Out (kfb) DIVYA VICTOR Kith (BookThug) SUE LANDERS Franklinstein (Roof Books) NATALIE WEE Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines (Words Dance)
KFB PICKS: SHANNON BRAMER Precious Energy (BookThug) DALE SMITH Sons (kfb) SENNAH YEE How Do I Look? (Metatron) PHIL HALL ERIN MOURE The Interrupted (Beautiful Outlaw Press) AIDAN CHAFE Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press)
ALSO: Check out our new Rarities and Signed Section
k | f | b OCTOBER SELECTION & FEATURED POET: CANISIA LUBRIN
Canisia Lubrin’s Voodoo Hypothesis is an interior in motion: a gorgeous, searching intelligence. It is a womb/tomb of luminous inquiry. A semi-permeable ship where your mind is in concert with Lubrin’s forward propagating lineation, a participatory dreamscape that leads you back to your own culpability. This is a work that reads you, too.” – Liz Howard, author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize
Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of “blackness” and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people as inferior, through constant parallel representations of “evil” and “savagery.” Pulling from pop culture, science, pseudo-science and contemporary news stories about race, Lubrin asks: What happens if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were actually applied to the contemporary “black experience”? With its irreverence toward colonialism, and the related obsession with post-colonialism and anti-colonialism, and her wide-ranging lines, deftly touched with an intermingling of Caribbean Creole, English patois and baroque language, Lubrin has created a book that holds up a torch to the narratives of the ruling class, and shows us the restorative possibilities that exist in language itself. (Wolsak & Wynn).
“To hear Lubrin read is an exercise in precision and grace. Razor sharp, with balm.” Kirby, knife | fork | book
FRIDAY OCTOBER 13TH SLO-PO with DAVID BRADFORD reads Voodoo Hypothesis aloud. 7:30- 9PM.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10TH CANISIA LUBRIN reads with LYNN CROSBIE Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
First anniversary. First launch. First reading in our spacious, intimate new digs. Three new k | f | b chapbooks, ELIANNA LEV (Sex Made Me) DAVID BRADFORD (Call Out) DALE SMITH (Sons). Last night. knife | fork | book
Special thanks to book designer, NORMAN NEMETALLAH, printer JOHN DE JESUS at Coach House, editor DAVID BRADFORD, poetry ambassador HOA NGUYEN, and creator of The Dark Side Studio, AUDRA SIMMONS.
And thanks to all who warmed the hearth welcoming our new home.
Closing night poetry lovefest at Rick’s Cafe filled the Kensington Market sidewalk with poets AARON TUCKER, ANDREW MCEWAN, AND JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL reading from the shop window. All were invited to a surprise preview of our new digs across the street at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Ave 2nd Floor, which opens today, 1-5:30PM.
“Voodoo Hypothesis is an interior in motion: a gorgeous, searching intelligence. It is a womb/tomb of luminous inquiry. A semi-permeable ship where your mind is in concert with Lubrin’s forward propagating lineation, a participatory dreamscape that leads you back to your own culpability. This is a work that reads you, too.” – Liz Howard, author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize