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AT THE LAB

INSTALLATION | EXHIBITION

DesignTO + knife | fork |book present

JESSICA JOY HIEMSTRA

THE SKY IS FALLING

JANUARY 17-26 2020

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at ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE

180 SHAW STREET

OPENING RECEPTION 16 JANUARY 6-8PM

Visual artist, designer and poet JESSICA HIEMSTRA creates an abstracted paper sky on the ceiling of Toronto’s only all-poetry bookstore, Knife Fork Book. Using watercolour paper, thread and washes of hand-made Genzah watercolour paint, Hiemstra’s sky is one that is torn and sewn back together. This sky has tangled stitching, punctures, long dangling threads, and fragments of poetry sewn into it. Independent bookstores and especially those that specialize in theatre, poetry, music and art are becoming rarer and rarer. Knife Fork Book is an ephemeral place. It continues to exist because its sky continues to be held together by delicate threads.


WORKSHOP

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

“It’s rare to learn with someone as attentive, encouraging and accomplished as Catherine. Prepare to get some solid writing done.” – KIRBY

KFB POETRY LAB presents

CATHERINE GRAHAM
THE SHORT POEM WORKSHOP

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1ST 2-5PM
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Compression, image, metaphor, voice—there are many routes to the short poem. How does it accomplish so much in a little arena?

In this workshop we’ll explore the elements behind the short poem. Through examples, exercises, discussion and reflection, we’ll explore the landscape of the small. The opportunity to read your drafts will be part of the process.

This workshop is suitable for all levels—from beginner to advanced.

Tuition: $95

Last workshop sold out quickly. Tuition guarantees your seat. Spaces limited. Register TODAY.

CATHERINE GRAHAM is a Toronto-based novelist and poet. Her sixth poetry collection The Celery Forest was nameda CBC Best Book of the Year, appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry list and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW competition, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the CAA’s Fred Kerner Book Award and 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her next book Aether: an Out-of-Body Lyric will be published in 2020. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @catgrahampoet.


LISTENING SERIES | NEW WORKS

KFB POETRY LAB presents

“Turning shadow into transient beauty”
always beginning as ashes begin
as objects end as objects
& no different disperse now & eventually

R. KOLEWE

THE ABSENCE OF ZERO

New poetry manuscript, read in its entirety, for poet revisions (slated for publication BOOK*HUG PRESS 2021)

Three consecutive TUESDAYS (and WEDS Feb 26th) 7PM

FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 26

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ENGAGEMENT

“Arranged in five chronological sections, theirs was an often recondite correspondence, by turns cryptic or dramatic, essentially small essays on poetics and exchanges of latest works or comments on their reading. The letters are also full of affectionate greetings (‘my dear Dunk’) and humor.”—The Times Literary Supplement

“In these two companion volumes [An Open Map and Imagining Persons] . . . the letters are complete, the lectures are beveled, and a nimble apparatus of introductions, notes, glossaries, bibliographies, and indices nearly half as long as the texts themselves collapses the distance between these documents’ moment and our own.”—Jacket2

“An essential correspondence between two [of] the most innovative and visionary poets in American literature. In these letters is contained the generative energies of some of the best poetry written in the twentieth century.”—Peter O’Leary, author of Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan and the Poetry of Illness

DALE SMITH

ON DUNCAN + OLSON

SATURDAY MARCH 7TH 3PM

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To celebrate the paperback launch of Smith/Bertholf’s two-volume set of correspondences, affections, and lectures, between Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, an informal talk on these 20th century giants.

DALE SMITH is a poet, critic, and scholar of poetry and rhetorical theory on the faculty of English at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the editor with Robert J. Bertholf of An Open Map: The Robert Duncan / Charles Olson Correspondence and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson. A critical study of poetry and public culture, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960, was published in 2012. His writing has appeared in The Baffler, Best American Poetry 2002, Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, The Walrus, and elsewhere. A recent book of poetry, Slow Poetry in America, was published by Cuneiform in 2014; other poetry includes American Rambler (2000); The Flood & the Garden (2002); Black Stone (2007); Susquehanna (2008); and most recently Sons (knife | fork | book, 2017). His reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Brick. Born in Dallas, Texas, Smith has resided in Ontario since 2011 with the poet Hoa Nguyen and their children, Keaton and Waylon.


TURN US ON

KFB POETRY LAB is now accepting proposals for poetry workshops, classes, reading/writing groups, publisher showcases, launches, special projects, both on site during shop hours and possible off site events.

This can be anything from a single one to three-hour time slot on a weekday or Saturday afternoon, to something monthly, bi-monthly or even weekly depending on the scope of your project, availability and approval.

We are especially interested in the ongoing growth/promotion of poetry readers and writers. Turn us on.

Proposals should include a clear [1 page] statement of: Course/Project. Ideal number of participants. How participants will engage. Half/Full day (2 hours or 4) Saturday or weekday (Tues- Sat 1-5:30PM) or off-site possibilities. Desired fees.

SUBMIT: knifeforkbook [at] gmail [dot] com  SUBJECT: Turn us on

PUBLISHERS If you’re a publisher who would like to launch or showcase your [poetry] titles/catalogue, there’s a number of ways we can do this. Please contact Kirby at knifeforkbook [at] gmail [dot] com.