Last night @knifeforkbook hosted by @itsakirby (photo 3). Adam Katz and his super interesting collaborative chapbook (photo 2); Dale Smith (photo 1) gave a rollicking talk about Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, including excerpts from their letters to each other (photo 4). . . . . . . #reading #books #book #toronto #event #torontoevents #poetry #poem #poems #poets #poet
Thanks for this Aaron. And thanks to Adam, Dale, and all who took part in last night’s celebration/launch of these new works. knife | fork | book
Photos. Top: KIRBY Instagram: AARON TUCKER
k | f | b Subscription Series February|18 Selection: KAVEH AKBAR Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Penguin UK Edition)
We’ve opened up our k | f | b Subscription Series so you can now join any time of the year for a full year. Previous titles selected have been SAM SAX Madness (Penguin), CANISIA LUBRIN Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn), ANNE MICHAELS All We Saw (McClelland & Stewart), SINA QUEYRAS My Ariel (Coach House), GEORGE OPPEN 21 Poems (New Directions), and now KAVEH AKBAR‘s sensational debut, in it’s new Penguin UK Edition.
The beauty of the subscription series is you can always opt for an alternate title to the one selected (similiar price point) at the shop. This way, you get exactly what you want and commit to supporting knife | fork | book in the process.
You save money to boot! k | f | b Subscription is only $199/12 months/books (shipping not included). So, it’s the equivalent of getting TWO FREE BOOKS a year!
We’ll even sweeten the deal by revealing our March|18 Selection.
k | f | b FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY
ADAM KATZ [+ EMILIA JAGICA] START OVER (Delete Press, 2017) TORONTO LAUNCH
DALE SMITH [+ ROBERT J BERTHOLF] AN OPEN MAP: THE CORRESPONDENCE of ROBERT DUNCAN and CHARLES OLSON + IMAGINING PERSONS: ROBERT DUNCAN’S LECTURES ON CHARLES OLSON (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) TORONTO LAUNCH
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)
Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish Wear socks (we’re shoeless).
ADAM KATZ has published poetry in journals such as Abraham Lincoln, Aufgabe, and Blackbox Manifold, and articles in Buddhist-Christian Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. He is a doctoral candidate in the University at Buffalo’s Department of English. START Over is the first in his series of collaborations with visual artists. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
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.
NOTE: Robert J Bertholf and Emilia Jagica will not be present.
MATT FINNER, publisher of Permanent Sleep Press, with two of their new poetry titles, ALEXIS MARSHALL A Sea Above the Pains of Our Youth | DUSTY NEAL Rain Songs in store (and a fine piece of swag). knife | fork | book
True story. These beauties from GASPEREAU PRESS arrive yesterday (including new titles from SUE GOYETTE and GEORGE ELLIOT CLARKE) and poet ANNICK MACASKILL drops in from Hailfax who’s Book of Hours comes out this Spring from the mirthful g. Welcome, both. knife | fork | book
First of all, every publisher believes there’s is the best stuff out there this (or any) year. We’re no exception. Our first five, (one cleverly disguised as a ‘bon-bon’), all exceptional, stand alone. Good poetry in [very] pretty packaging with nods to our brilliant book designer, Norman Nehmetallah, and printer John De Jesus at Coach House. And, to poets, Elianna Lev, David Bradford, Jonathan Garfinkel, and Dale Smith, deep gratitude for your work. An extraordinary debut.
Then there are the bestsellers we can never have enough copies in stock (thank you for the trouble) Kaveh, Sam, Danez, Tommy, Morgan, Alex, Chen, CA, Hoa, anything at Wave, kicking it, all.
Which brings me to a list of books (and chapbooks) that remain cherished on my shelf this year, books I place in other reader’s hands. Poets that moved, brought me to a complete stop. Reading that delighted and surprised, poems, sentences, fragments, I read over and over again. What I call, ‘gems,’ (in no particular order). With thanks, Kirby
SARAH PINDER COMMON PLACE (Coach House Books, 2017)
CHELY LIMA (trans. Margaret Randall) LO QUE LES DIJO EL LICANTROPO | WHAT THE WEREWOLF TOLD THEM (The Operating System, 2017)
NIKKI WALLSCHLAEGER CRAWLSPACE (Bloof Books, 2017)
SHANNON BRAMER PRECIOUS ENERGY (BookThug, 2017)
TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUK WHATEVER, ICEBERG (Mansfield Press, 2017)
LYNN CROSBIE THE CORPSES OF THE FUTURE (Anansi, 2017)
ALEX DIMITROV TOGETHER AND BY OURSELVES (Copper Canyon, 2017)
JACK DAVIS FAUNICS (Pedlar Press, 2017)
CANISIA LUBRIN VOODOO HYPOTHESIS (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017)
TIMOTHY LIU KINGDOM COME (Talisman, 2017)
JENNIFER STILL COMMA (BookThug, 2017)
KATHRYN MOCKLER DAVID POOLMAN SOME THEORIES (ST Press, 2017)
ALLY FLEMING THE WORST SEASON (Anstruther Press, 2017)
SONNET L’ABBE ANIMA CANADENSIS (Junction Books, 2017)
JAKE BYRNE THE TIDE (Rahila’s Ghost, 2017)
HOLLY MELGARD CATCALL (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017)
GEORGE OPPEN 21 POEMS (New Directions, 2017)
MARCUS MCCANN SHUT UP SLOW DOWN LET GO BREATHE (Invisible, 2017)
AIDAN CHAFE RIGHT HAND HYMNS (Frog Hollow, 2017)
SENNAH YEE HOW DO I LOOK? (Metatron, 2017)
JACQUELYN ROSS MAYONNAISE (Blank Cheque, 2016)
RYAN ECKES (traduccion Carlos Soto Roman) PATRIOTISMO (Libros del Pez Espiral)
STACY SYZMASZEK Slow Poetry in America Issue 8
BEST BOOK OF POETRY I’VE READ THIS YEAR
ALICE NOTLEY THE DESCENT OF ALETTE (Penguin, 1992)
ERIN WUNKER NOTES FROM A FEMINIST KILLJOY (BookThug, 2017) not to mention LEE MARACLE’s ‘Conversations’ and THE VIDEOFAG BOOK (day-ym, Bookthug!)