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“The sun has loved us the most / So loved by fire / We couldn’t hide it” VICTORIA MBABAZI FLIP We’ve been referring to this as a ‘chapbook,’ when in actuality it’s two chapbooks in a 52 page book called FLIP, She Doesn’t Come Back & Send My Love to Ivy by The VMB, Victoria […]

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How Beautiful People Are

At the party I’d like to be a person of interest / but will end up a person of colour – AYAZ PIRANI, “POC RSVP” Poets, readers, and listeners who graced our space yesterday at the Gordon Hill Press Showcase KFB EAST at The Great Escape Book Store, were rewarded/met in kind. The beauty of […]

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“Our aim is to serve the book, with an eye towards the beauty of the book in hand.” – KIRBY, Publisher, knife | fork | book The first Bradford. The first Stintzi. The first Turner. The first Cody. Early Khashayar & Prathna. The full-length debuts of Cavuto & Sharp. The pairings of Truscott & Lindsay, […]

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Come. Ruin yourself.

“Whatever girl dares to read just one page is a lost girl / but she can’t blame it on this book / she was already ruined – LISA ROBERTSON, Boat (Coach House Books). Come. Ruin yourself. KFB EAST at The Great Escape Book Store 957 Kingston Rd Tues-Sun 10-5 KFB WEST at Capital Espresso 1349 […]

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Cactus flower

“And I have a new chapbook in the back for ten bucks.” Poets pushing their new chapbooks. Music to my ears. Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of “open mics,” largely because they’re often insular/clique-ish (the very same reading at each and every event) and messy (as in disrespectful, as in “too many” with most […]

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Western stars

Meanwhile. The West is sitting pretty. KFB WEST at CAPITAL ESPRESSO 1349 Queen St W Parkdale. Daily.

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JIM JOHNSTONE & SHANE NEILSON LAUNCH LIVE at KFB WEST Our “poetry month” officially started this past Sunday with these two titans launching their newest, live at KFB WEST. Congrats Jim & Shane, to publishers, Vehicule & Goose Lane, & all braved the cold to celebrate, with special thanks to Emily and Alex at our […]

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[Very] Pretty Sunday

KATE SIKLOSI & ERIC SCHMALTZ celebrate the launch of their glorious Timglaset releases at KFB WEST this first day of Spring. Thanks to Alex & Emily at Capitol Espresso and all who attended. NEXT: 27 MARCH 3PM KFB WEST JIM JOHNSTONE + SHANE NEILSON | 08-24 APRIL KFB EAST JESSICA HIEMSTRA: THE THINKING HEART

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“yellow stars and crocuses”

This April, National Poetry Month, knife | fork | book at The Great Escape Book Store [KFB EAST] has collaborated with poet/artist Jessica Hiemstra to welcome the launch of The Thinking Heart: The Etty Drawings (1983-1984) Claire Wilks, printed and bound by Baseline Press for Exile Editions. This will include an installation of broadsides, panels, […]

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Rain, the lake, the day [light flurries] the poetry

Poets JAMES LINDSAY & MARK TRUSCOTT launch their KFB chapbook/pamphlet — each read in their entirety — at our first live event of 2022. Thanks to all who celebrated in attendance. MARK TRUSCOTT RAIN & JAMES LINDSAY THE LAKE OUT NOW KFB EAST at The Great Escape Bookstore 957 Kingston Rd KFB WEST at Capital […]