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k | f | b  THIS FRIDAY | NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS SHOWCASE

DAVID ALEXANDER SPENCER GORDON OWAIN NICHOLSON

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH

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
DAVID ALEXANDER is a vegan poet parent person. After the Hatching Oven is forthcoming from  (2018).
SPENCER GORDON‘s debut poetry collection is Cruise Missile Liberals (Nightwood Editions, 2017).  He is also the author of the poetry chapbooks Anno Zombie Dance (Emergency Response Unit, 2016), Conservative Majority (Apt. 9, 2013) and Feel Good! Look Great! Have a Blast! (Ferno House, 2011, shortlisted for the 2012 bpNichol Chapbook Award). He is one of CBC Books’ Writers to Watch and the winner of a CBC Book Award for Cosmo. Spencer is co-founder and a senior editor of the ten-year-old magazine The Puritan.
OWAIN NICHOLSON grew up in Winnipeg and studied both creative writing and archaeology at the University of Victoria. A working archaeologist, Nicholson sees history, ancestry, nature and people at the centre of both practices, and his poems often use the digsite as a source of image and metaphor. Digsite is Nicholson’s debut collection of poetry. He currently lives in Toronto.
Photos: Poet’s websites/twitter. Prism International.

“It just makes me happy!”

September read 3/16, and 87/103 in my #readin2017 queue: Jonathan Garfinkel – Bociany (Storks). Purchased during the @knifeforkbook customer appreciation sale! Close-up of #poetry shelf 2 (Bi to La). Also of note: this is the fifth consecutive read/review featuring writers with a first name beginning with "J!" Not at all intentional, but pretty neat, right? This is the second @knifeforkbook chapbook I've read so far (and the fact that there are delicious fall releases I have yet to pick up is ITCHING my BRAIN, but that's beside the point), and I have to say, I really enjoy the way "Bociany (Storks)" presents a complementary aesthetic to @itsakirby's "She's Having A Doris Day." It just makes me happy! Shoutout to @itsakirby for the cover, and Norman Nemetallah for the book design, which is lovely overall. And now a few notes on the text! These poems were startling and engrossing; rich with scene and image and story and violence. The titular poem had me seeking out the referenced artist and artwork – a rewarding exercise itself! – and left me quietly amazed by its shifting execution. Possibly my favourite in the book? But I've marked too many to be able to say for sure. #books #rasiqrasreviews #jonathangarfinkel #bocianystorks #toronto #knifeforkbook #booklove #personallibrary #shelfie #augustreads #literarylatergram #inspiration #amwriting #research #fuckyeah #luvyourlife #shelflife #readallthebooks #customerappreciationsale #canadianpoetry #shoplocal #chapbook #rasiqrarecommends #bookdesign #jeffkirby #normannehmetallah #jozefchelmonski

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Us, too! Thanks, Rasiqra. *kisses*  knife | fork | book

JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) First Printing SOLD OUT. Available soon as an e-book at k | f | b  shop. JEFF KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY has legs. Find her, along with our latest chapbooks, online and at the shop.

We

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First SLO-PO with DAVID BRADFORD (CALL OUT kfb, 2017) in our intimate, beautiful new reading room/salon space at The Dark Side Studio (created by artist/dancer AUDRA SIMMONS), reading CANISIA LUBRIN’s remarkable debut, VOODOO HYPOTHESIS (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017) with the poet among poets in house. A gift of an evening.

KFB UPCOMING: OCT 20 NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS SHOWCASE  SPENCER GORDON | OWAIN NICHOLSON | DAVID ALEXANDER OCT 22 GUILLAUME MORISSETTE THE ORIGINAL FACE (VEHICULE PRESS)LAUNCH OCT 27  ROCCO DE GIACOMO | MARGO LAPIERRE | PHILLIP CRYMBLE   OCT 28  (Sat 7:30PM) JAN CONN | SUSAN GILLIS | MARY DI MICHELE | JANE MUNRO | YOKO’S DOGS  NOV 10  LYNN CROSBIE | CANISIA LUBRIN NOV 26 SHIRLEY CAMIA Children Shouldn’t Use Knives LAUNCH 7 DEC  JIM JOHNSTONE  | SHANE NEILSON | CORNELIA HOOGLAND | CHRIS BANKS at ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY 275 AUGUSTA AVE DEC 15  SORAYA PEERBAYE | CONCETTA PRINCIPE | JACK DAVIS
Photos: KIRBY

‘there is only bliss’

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k | f | b recommends

ANDRE BAGOO PITCH LAKE

Peepal Tree Press, 2017.
ANDRE BAGOO is a Trinidadian poet and writer. He is the author of Trick Vessels (Shearsman Books, 2012) and BURN (Shearsman Books, 2015) which was longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. His poetry has appeared at journals such as Almost IslandBoston ReviewCaribbean Review of BooksDraconian SwitchSt Petersburg ReviewThe Poetry Review and elsewhere. Pitch Lake is his third book.

 

KFB Bestsellers / This Week at KFB

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

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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

This is Good Good

 

Grand.  knife | fork | book

A F MORITZ  A ZACHARY  EMILY IZSAK  GARY BARWIN HOA NGUYEN HUGH THOMAS  JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY  JAMES G SOUTHCOTT  JAMES LINDSAY  JIMMY MCINNES  JULIE CAMERON GRAY  KIRBY  MICHELLE BROWN  MOEZ SURANI  R KOLEWE  RASIQRA REVULVA  RYAN ECKES  SUE LANDERS  SUPARNA GHOSH  VINCENT COLISTRO  EVERYONE WHO CAME
Photos: KIRBY

 

Debut

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.
TODAY 4-7PM: THIS IS ‘GOOD GOOD’ w/RYAN ECKES SUE LANDERS  JIMMY MCINNES JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY GARY BARWIN HUGH THOMAS R. KOLEWE EMILY ISZAK RASIQRA REVULVA  JULIE CAMERON GRAY JAMES G SOUTHCOTT A ZACHARY +++ SPECIAL GUESTS 
TONIGHT 8PM: IN CONVERSATION JERAMY DODDS & JONATHAN GARFINKEL 
Photos: KIRBY