AT THE LAB
BEGINS JAN 16
THE POET OF LONGING: READING CAVAFY
At beauty I’ve gazed so much
that my vision is filled with it.
The body’s lines. Red lips. Limbs made for pleasure.
Hair as if it were taken from Greek statues:
always lovely, even when it’s uncombed,
and falls, a bit, upon the gleaming brow.
Faces of love, exactly as
my poetry wanted it . . . in the nights of my youth,
secretly encountered in my nights. . . .*
SYNOPSIS. Six Wednesday nights this winter, at Kirby’s home, reading/relishing CONSTANTINE P. CAVAFY (and contemporaries) from numerous translations as fodder to your own poetic imaginations.
BEGINS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16 7-8:30PM DATES (JAN 16, 23 FEB 6, 13, 20, 27)
KIRBY. Poet. Owner/publisher knife | fork | book. Chapbooks. Simple Enough. Cock & Soul. Bob’s boy. The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. She’s Having a Doris Day (knife | fork | book, 2017). A Cocksucker’s Prayer (bandcamp). Recently in Matrix Magazine. The Rusty Toque Issue 13 (Pushcart Prize Nominee), National Poetry Month 2018. UPCOMING This Is Where I Get Off (Permanent Sleep Press, Spring 2019). White Christian Daze.
*C. P. CAVAFY, I’ve Gazed So Much— , from Collected Poems translated, with introduction and commentary, by Daniel Mendelsohn. New York : Knopf, 2009. Recommended: DUANE MICHALS Homage to Cavafy. EVAN JONES The Drawing, the Ship, the Afternoon. Toronto : Anstruther, 2018.
BEGINS JAN 29TH
KFB CHAPBOOK CLUB with KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI
We love chapbooks. Tasty morsels of ephemera that opportune small presses, those marginalized, established and emerging writers alike, let their creative juices run on the page to a readership keen on encountering the new.
Through revisiting chapbooks by brilliant writers who lack the representation of more mainstream writers, we ruminate on the importance of their work, discuss the intricacies of their writing and through our effort their work will live on in our hearts for much longer than originally intended.
This club is for poets, lovers of poetry and small presses alike. It’s a way of helping both the writers and the presses, a way of marketing smaller voices and bringing them to the forefront. We’re excited to create a more fertile future for small publishing and we hope you’ll join us in this effort!
-Khashayar Mohammadi (Kramer)
Last Tuesday/s of the month BEGINNING JANUARY 29TH 4PM at the shop
FIRST CHAPBOOK SELECTION: ALLY FLEMING’S THE WORST SEASON (Anstruther Press)
Fee: Free with the purchase of the chapbook (cost varies upon selection)
“You don’t read women authors, do you?”
NEW BI-MONTHLY READING SERIES w/ JESSICA JOY HIEMSTRA
+ Special Guest Poets TBA beginning Spring 2019
What is it? Bi-monthly reading series where the writing of a Canadian poet who identifies as a woman is read in its entirety by another Canadian writer – of any gender! Why is it? I’ve got a little guess men are still reading more men than women (This very important statistical data is gathered only from on-line dating profiles – but I think CWILA has a few cents to offer on this…). I wanna make a ‘penis-friendly’ event for reading women poets at KFB. I think an event where an entire collection is read will be powerful, resonate with many of us. I want people to settle in and soak in a whole book, creating a space for us to actively engage/listen. The act of writing and reading is an act of hope! We want people to read women… men… humans! (and dogs, if they start writing, of course!)
JESSICA JOY HIEMSTRA has three full-length books of poems Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane), Self-Portrait Without a Bicycle (Biblioasis), The Holy Nothing (Pedlar Press) and is widely published in literary journals. She edits, illustrates and is working on a novel she hopes to finish before she dies.
KFB POETRY LAB | NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS for poetry workshops, classes, reading/writing groups, publisher showcases, launches, special projects DETAILS HERE