Bustin’ a stitch

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JESSICA BEBENEK’s k2tog (“knit together”) at KFB’s Poetry Lab was filled with laughter, warmth, and “bitchin’ babe power.” Such fun!

k2tog now available at knife fork book.

Anstruther, The OS, &&&

KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI’s 2018 PICKS

1. “Chlorosis” by Michael Flatt and Derrick Mund (The Operating System)

As they describe the book themselves, “A break-up letter to the world.” The Echopoetics of “Chlorosis” forces us to face the bitter truths about our environment. through their rhetoric we sit down with 3D Glasses to watch nature crumble all around us. I highly recommend

2. “An Absence so Great and Spontaneous It Is Evidence Of Light” by Anne Gorrick (The Operating System)

Anne Gorrick’s quirky take on procedurally generated poetry made me question the agency of a poet in the age of internet and Artificial intelligence. this book is a document to the electronic zeitgeist of the timeline during which it was created. a book to be studied endlessly.

4. “ZUSE-80” by Lindsay Cahill (Inspiritus)

I gotta admit that throughout 2018, I often took refuge behind ZUSE-80 as my happy place. It is one of the most uniquely endearing and heartwarming books I came across this year. Its a book that I’ll infinitely revisit in times of sadness and discomfort.

5. “Slogan, Substance, Dream” by John Nyman  (Anstruther)

a strong, philosophical look into the substance of poetry. a book that simultaneously inspired and challenged me. I recommend it to anyone interested in the theoretical approach to poetics and writing in general. 

6. “Heart & Mouth & Deed & Life” by JM Francheteau (Anstruther)

a thrilling new collection by an introspective mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the micro-journeys the poems took me on. each poem is full of thought and reflection, loss and redemption, weakness and revival. one of my personal favorites this year.

7. “Weak Spot” by Fawn Parker (Anstruther)

a tale of grief told with brutal honesty. Fawn Parker’s latest poetry collection takes you on an emotional ride with bare-bone realism. 

8. “Let This Be The End Of Me” by JC Bouchard  (Bad Books)

I had always admired Bouchard’s work, but this collection cemented him as a truly unique voice in my mind. His minimalist poetry, along with his wonderful photography, tugged at my heart strings like no other book this year.

9. The Minola Review, edited by Robin Richardson  

probably one of the best anthologies I’ve ever encountered. the stupendous quality of the writing aside, Richardson’s gathering of the material was a task beyond my comprehension. the best collection of Women’s writing available right now. Highly recommend it for both literary value and cultural significance.

10. “Everyone In Your Dream Is You” by Lily Wang (Anstruther) 

the single most original collection of poetry I encountered this year. It made me laugh, made me tear up, made me feel complex emotions simultaneously. a truly remarkable debut by a truly brilliant emerging writer. Lily Wang is a name to look out for in the future!

KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI IS AN IRANIAN-BORN WRITER/TRANSLATOR BASED IN TORONTO, CURRENTLY AN EDITOR AT INSPIRITUS PRESS. THEIR MOST RECENT PUBLICATION IS MOE’S SKIN (ZED PRESS, 2018). DEAR KESTREL IS BEING PUBLISHED BY KNIFE | FORK | BOOK SPRING 2019.

KFB MONTHLY CHAPBOOK CLUB w/KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI LAUNCHES JAN 29TH

NEW MONTHLY KFB CHAPBOOK CLUB LAUNCHES JAN 29TH

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We love chapbooks. Tasty morsels of ephemera that opportune small presses, those marginalized, established and emerging writers alike, let their creative juices run on the page to a readership keen on encountering the new.

Through revisiting chapbooks by brilliant writers who lack the representation of more mainstream writers, we ruminate on the importance of their work, discuss the intricacies of their writing and through our effort their work will live on in our hearts for much longer than originally intended.

This club is for poets, lovers of poetry and small presses alike. It’s a way of helping both the writers and the presses, a way of marketing smaller voices and bringing them to the forefront. We’re excited to create a more fertile future for small publishing and we hope you’ll join us in this effort!

Yours 

-Khashayar Mohammadi (Kramer)

KFB POETRY LAB presents

KFB CHAPBOOK CLUB with KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI

Last Tuesday/s of the month BEGINNING JANUARY 29TH 4PM at the shop

FIRST CHAPBOOK SELECTION: ALLY FLEMING’S THE WORST SEASON (Anstruther Press)

Fee: Free with the purchase of the chapbook (cost varies upon selection)

KFB 2018 PICKS

Contrary to what cannot be found in a country’s major newspaper, it was a great year for poetry, Canadian and elsewhere.

What do I read/look for? Did the work accomplish what it set out to do? Does it surprise/delight? Stay with me? As a publisher/programmer the measure is “if this is the one thing we did, well done.”

KFB published four beautiful chapbooks and a stunning broadside (from Dale Smith’s SONS, 2017). Our spring bouquet of ROXANNA BENNETT, JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI, and LAUREN TURNER were nothing shy of inspired, and KATE SUTHERLAND’s glorious BEASTS of the SEA. A very good year.

In chapbooks, nothing has delighted me more than discovering the creative work coming from Calgary publisher KYLE FLEMMER, and Anstruther has more titles I’ve enjoyed then can be mentioned here, EVAN JONES’ Cavafy poems, JM FRANCHETEAU’s HEART & MOUTH & DEED & LIFE and their Manifesto Series (edited by SHANE NEILSON) with terrific offerings by JOHN NYMAN and JOHN BARTON. Well done.*

Here’s a few that kicked ass, with a decided slant towards Canadian. If there was one poem that tore me a new one, it’s CACONRAD’s Glitter In My Wounds. And Dominique, your debut will stay with me forever. Thank you.

KFB KIRBY’S PICKS
TERRENCE HAYES TO FLOAT IN THE SPACE BETWEEN WAVE
DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER CORRESPONDENT ICEHOUSE POETRY
ERIC SCHMALTZ SURFACES INVISIBLE BOOKS
ANNICK MACASKILL NO MEETING WITHOUT BODY GASPEREAU
RICHARD SCOTT SOHO FABER & FABER
AIDAN CHAFE SHORT HISTORIES OF LIGHT MQUP
NORMA COLE FATE NEWS OMNIDAWN
RYAN ECKES GENERAL MOTORS SPLIT LIP PRESS
HOA NGUYEN (GUEST EDITOR) BEST CANADIAN POETRY IN ENGLISH 2018 TIGHTROPE BOOKS + JIM JOHNSTONE (EDITOR) THE NEXT WAVE: AN ANTHOLGY OF 21ST CENTURY CANADIAN POETRY ANSTRUTHER
LINDA FRANK DIVIDED WOLSAK AND WYNN
KLARA DU PLESSIS EKKE PALIMPSEST
CACONRAD WHILE STANDING IN LINE FOR DEATH WAVE
ALSO NOTABLE: NEIL SURKAN ON HIGH MQUP MARK TRUSCOTT BRANCHES BOOK*HUG A.F. MORITZ THE SPARROW ANANSI KAREN MAC CORMACK RECHELESSE PRATTICQUE CHAX DIONNE BRAND THE BLUE CLERK M&S CATHERINE LALONDE (trans OANA AVASILICHIOAEI) THE FAERIE DEVOURING BOOK*HUG AMANDA JERNIGAN YEARS, MONTHS, DAYS BIBLIOASIS NASSAR HUSSAIN SKY WRI TEI NGS COACH HOUSE GARRY THOMAS MORSE SAFETY SAND TALONBOOKS TANIS FRANCO QUARRY UNIV CALGARY PRESS DAVID JAMES BROCK TEN-HEADED ALIEN WOLSAK AND WYNN CHRIS BAILEY WHAT YOUR HANDS HAVE DONE NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS
CHAPBOOKS
SACHA ARCHER TSK OOMPH INSPIRITUS PRESS
CECILIA STUART ADRIAN KIVA MUDROOM ANCHORAGE PRESS
KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI MOE’S SKIN ZED PRESS
SARETTA MORGAN FEELING UPON ARRIVAL UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE
TRAVIS SHARP SINISTER QUEER AGENDA ABOVE/GROUND
S. BROOK CORFMAN METEORITES DOUBLECROSS PRESS
RASIQRA REVULVA IF YOU FORGET THE WHIPPED CREAM, YOU’RE NO GOOD AS A WOMAN GAP RIOT
SHELLY HARDER REMNANTS BASELINE PRESS
VAISHALI PALIWAL LION’S TOOTH ON MIGRATING CHESTS THE SOAP BOX
AMANDA EARL JOHN THE BLASTED TREE
PAOLA FERRANTE THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF BUFFALO BILL ANSTRUTHER

*I must also note, some recent Brick Book titles just came out that I’ve haven’t gotten to, but will, with relish.

Corrections: It’s Shelly Harder (not Sally, forgive!) and I’ve added Chris Bailey’s powerful debut. Kb

 

BERNICKY PALIWAL SUURKOIVU

KFB | THIS SATURDAY 7PM

soap box chapbook launch

With these three striking, extraordinary new chapbooks, all we can say is, “Welcome, The Soap Box.” – Kirby

The Soap Box: 2018 Chapbook Series Launch

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH

knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.

DECEMBERFUL!

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Dear KFB’rs

I’m happy to say, this December is our biggest, most festive month ever at the shop!

Offerings from our new KFB Poetry Lab continue with Montreal-based poet JESSICA BEBENEK launching her newest k2tog (knit together) with a Knitting Circle Sat Dec 15th, followed by HOA NGUYEN celebrating the 40th Anniversary of BERNADETTE MAYER’s Midwinter Day with a writing workshop on the very same day, Sat Dec 22nd, both occuring in our salon space at the back of the shop.

The evening before, (FRI DEC 21st), we’ll be enjoying the Solstice at Kensington Market’s Festival of Lights, with a perfect bird’s eye view from our windows overlooking the festivities with live music and our famous CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE 5-8PM (you know she loves to play Santa)!

Our Signature KFBFRIDAYS include Brooklyn-based ROBERT SIEK’s Canadian Launch of WE GO SEASONAL (Sibling Rivalry Press) with the iconic LYNN CROSBIE NOV 30th. Also from New York MICHAEL FLATT and TRAVIS SHARP DEC 7th, and SONIA DI PLACIDO, CAROL BARBOUR, and DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER DEC 14th.

Our NEW IN STORE SERIES begins SAT DEC 1 with JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL, RYAN FITZPATRICK AND CAROLINE SZPAK, SAT DEC 8TH MICHAEL NARDONE, SHIV KOTECHA | TIZIANA LA MELIA 3PM These very same two dates are double-billed with JONATHAN PAPPO & APRIL ALIERMO (DEC 1 7PM) and THE SOAP BOX PRESS LAUNCH (DEC 8TH 7PM).

and finally, our SHOP HOURS continue TUES-SAT 1-5:30PM

Don’t forget to wear festive socks!

Her festive self,
KIRBELA and everyone on the KFB TEAM 

This December. Our biggest month. Ever.  knife | fork | book 

Thanks to Shelley at TOWN

UPCOMING #KFBFWW KFB FUCK WINTER WEEK JAN 25-FEB 2 

1 DEC 18

KFB | THIS SATURDAY 3PM MATINEE

 

JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL | RYAN FITZPATRICK | CAROLINE SZPAK


KFB | THIS SATURDAY 7PM (Doors 6:30)

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JONATHAN PAPPO CONTEXT, NA COLLAPSE LAUNCH w/Special Guest APRIL ALIERMO

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knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is a doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program. Her writing has been published in B.C. StudiesFeminist SpacesTripwireFermenting Feminisms (a project of the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, curated by Lauren Fournier), The Avant Canada Anthology (WLU Press, forthcoming 2018), and other places. She has published two chapbooks, Everything will be taken away (2018) and femme (2016), both with above/ground press. juliapolyckoneill.com
ryan fitzpatrick is the author of two books of poetry: Fortified Castles (Talon, 2014) and Fake Math (Snare, 2007). He is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
CAROLINE SZPAK was born in Turkey and is a writer of Polish ancestry based in Toronto. She studied writing at the University of Victoria and her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals across Canada. Slinky Naive (Anvil Press, 2018) is her debut collection. The title is a conjunctive reference to the term treatment naive, and the helical toy that slinks, entrancing and entranced down stairs, inclines, and inclinations.  
JONATHAN PAPPO hello –
this is a release of works for the project “context, na”.

this includes:
an album / small book – “collapse”;
an unveiling of a “band” performing the work “live”.

APRIL ALIERMO is the co-creative director, the bassist and the co-lyricist of Hooded Fang, a band known for making propulsive, hypnotic rock music reminiscent of industrialized dissonance. She is also in genre-bending, avant-pop electronic duo Phèdre, where she writes music and lyrics, as well as makes anamorphic collages and directs fantastical music videos. She often thinks about destroying the status quo and about alternative ways of living and working.