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Here we are.

KFB exists because poets do. “POWERED BY POETS.” You, dear poets, readers of poetry, lovers of the book, are what keeps us here. Like you, we continue to re-imagine/find/create new ways to maneuver with/through these days of disquiet and uncertainty. Your ongoing support (through kindnesses, words of encouragement, and subscribing, online sales, patreon/membership) has made […]

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Fireflies + snowflakes

I always tell my students that a good poem is an act of discovery—and for that discovery to be emotionally and intellectually honest, then you need to surprise yourself, you need to live in that space of uncertainty—this is part of negative capability, part of duende, part of what Emily Jungmin Yoon describes as poetry’s […]

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Doubles

The music of thinking. The thinking of music. FRED WAH Music at the Heart of Thinking (Talonbooks) is a lifelong poem project that responds to readings in contemporary writing, art, and ideas from the past forty years. The text works through language as the true practice of thought, and improvisation as the tool that listens […]

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David

There is so much I can say about/in this poem—loss, memory, desire, grief, the struggle—every once in awhile, usually one in each collection, I come up with a good, signature “protest poem” my queer activist, liberationist intact. I place protest poem here in quotes, because they also tend to be elegies (a statement in and […]

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Staggerlee wonders

see also: On Language, Race and the Black Writer If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is? Staggerlee wonders On Being White and Other Lies

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CAVUTO SATURDAY NIGHT

MICHAEL CAVUTO COUNTRY POEMS reads with ROBIN BROX at DAVID HADBAWNIK’s HOUSE READING 2 30 MAY 2020 8:30PM ZOOM LINK HERE

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The table is set

The debut. The follow-up. The master. The host. ANANSI POETRY SPRING 2020 SHOWCASE 20 MAY 3PM Eastern IG LIVE @knifeforkbook

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TONIGHT HOA NGUYEN DALE MARTIN SMITH House Reading #1

KFB RECOMMENDS | TONIGHT 8PM HOA NGUYEN DALE MARTIN SMITH House Reading #1 25 APRIL 8PM ON ZOOM HOSTED BY DAVID HADBAWNIK No two people have been more influential in my life than HOA NGUYEN and DALE MARTIN SMITH. Nor could I imagine a KFB without them, their persistent love, guidance, friendship, and bedrock support. […]

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HEAR ALICE HERE

ALICE NOTLEY recorded live Small World Music Centre, Toronto 14/03/2020 KFB PATREON MEMBERS ENJOY DIRECT ACCESS. JOIN TODAY! Presented by knife | fork | book and Ryerson University English Department. Special thanks to Reza and Samira at Small World, Dale Smith, Hoa Nguyen, Kaplan Harris, Sara Nicholson, and Alice Notley. EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: KIRBY 

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KIRBY “BEDTIME POEMS”

19 |03 MARK STRAND The Buried Melancholy of the Poet from ALMOST INVISIBLE (Knopf, 2012) 20 |03 NORMA COLE Still Today from FATE NEWS (Omnidawn, 2018) 21|03 ROXANNA BENNETT Intake Questionnaire from UNMEANINGABLE (Gordon Hill Press, 2019) Take 2 22|03 CARL PHILLIPS Overheard, Under A Dark Enchantment from PALE COLORS IN A TALL FIELD (FSG, […]