Learn what you need and more importantly, what you don’t. – Ariel Gordon
There was much to be gleaned from last night’s illuminating, powerfully intimate, moving conversation between poets TANIS MACDONALD and JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY at the Toronto launch of OUT OF LINE: Daring To Be An Artist Outside the Big City (Wolsak & Wynn) MacDonald’s essential essays on being a creative. What does an artist actually need, let alone need to be, to practice and live? For many of us from smaller, rural areas, concerns regarding class, education, social abilities, often go unspoken and all pervasive. What can be painful obstacles/terrain for many can also become a process to “deepen your practice (life will thank you)” honing in on what’s essential and essentially yours wherever you create.
I wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to invite them both back for more. Read this book.
Every once in a while, an event occurs that brings home simply, fully, exactly what it is you have set out to do, seeing it fully realized in an evening, unexpected, unforgettable. The launch of STANFORD CHEUNG‘s full-length debut, STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL (Akinoga Press, Baltimore) with JC BOUCHARD (Let This Be the End of Me. Hybrid Heaven, Montreal) was such a night. Thank you, poets. knife | fork | book
STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL, the debut full-length poetry collection of Stanford Cheung, is an imperative to recall and forge an internal landscape bound by kites, transmission towers, and the shifting sky — where seemingly unrelated subjects become the very acts of narrative and perception.
KFB FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY
FRIDAY AUGUST 10th
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.
STANFORD CHUENG is a poet and musician from Toronto. He is the author of the chapbooks Comfort of Malice (Inspiritus, 2018), Kite Extension (Words(on)Pages, 2017), and Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016). Structures from the Still is his first book. He resides in Montreal.
JC BOUCHARD’s collection of poetry and photographs, Let This Be The End Of Me, was published by Hybrid Heaven Press in spring 2018. His poetry is forthcoming in CAROUSEL and has appeared in carte blanche, PRISM international, Arc, The Puritan, and more. He lives in Toronto.
LAST NIGHT’s wQr WHAT QUEER READING event with BRANDY RYAN, THOM GILL, KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI, ALEXA WINSTANLEY-SMITH, hosted by FAN WU. knife | fork | book