Gems

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)


CHAPBOOKS

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)


EPHEMERA

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)

NON-POETRY

ERIN WUNKER NOTES FROM A FEMINIST KILLJOY (BookThug, 2017) not to mention LEE MARACLE’s ‘Conversations’ and THE VIDEOFAG BOOK (day-ym, Bookthug!)

Realness

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k | f | b FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY
PEDLAR PRESS BOOK LAUNCH

CONCETTA PRINCIPE THIS REAL JACK DAVIS FAUNICS w/ MARTHA BAILLIE

FRIDAY DECEMBER 15TH

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).

CONCETTA PRINCIPE writes poetry and fiction, and has published four previous works including Hiroshima: A Love Story (2016), walking (2013), Interference (1999) and Stained Glass (1997). She received a PhD in Humanities in 2014; a scholarly work came out with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. She is a sessional professor of literature / creative writing at York and Trent Universities, and lives in Toronto. She has published in online journals such as Lemon Hound and The Rusty Toque, and in print journals such as The Malahat Review, Grain, and Matrix.
JACK DAVIS was born in northern Ontario and lives in Parry Sound. For the past ten summers he has lived and worked at a remote fire lookout in the woods of northernmost northern Alberta. Faunics is his groundbreaking debut.
MARTHA BAILLIE was born in Toronto, and educated in a French-English bilingual school. She studied history and modern languages (French and Russian) at the University of Edinburgh. She completed her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Toronto. While at university, she became involved in theatre. In 1981, she took an extended trip through parts of Asia including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Burma, Nepal and India. This experience inspired her to switch her focus from acting to writing. Today, she works part-time for the Toronto Public Library. Cannoing and hiking are two of her principal passions.

 

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PICTURED: k | f | b MONTREAL 2017 FALL CHAPBOOK LAUNCH featuring DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT ELIANNA LEV SEX MADE ME DALE SMITH SONS LAUREN TURNER WE’RE NOT GONG TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME Hosted by KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY at MONASTIRAKI (Thanks BILLY MAVREAS) and the vibrant writer’s community in Montreal for celebrating with us.
Photos: KIRBY