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23 Reasons We Love to East

Cassidy. Annick. Michael. Matthew. Jennifer. Victoria. Ayaz. Tolu. Dale. Jim. Zane. Shane. Triny. Andrea. Anna. Chapbooks. Ephemera. Bardia. (Beside Bardia.) Margaret. Katya. Great Escape. Deck. Garden. Shed. Reading hammock. Readers welcome. Come. Browse. Shop. Find. Enjoy. The Great Escape Book Store. 957 Kingston Rd. Home of KFB EAST. & FERTILE FESTIVAL OF NEW & INVENTIVE […]

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Word on a back lane

Sunday afternoon. Readings. Doesn’t get any prettier than this. MINOLA REVIEW is a quarterly online literary journal founded in 2016 with the aim of giving space for women’s writing. Today, the journal publishes the work of all those who identify as women and non-binary writers, continuing the founding mission of providing a platform for underrepresented […]

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THE GIRLS FLIP’N GET IT

Here’s the headline: ONE OF KFB’s BIGGEST EVENTS EV-VAH! SCARBOROUGH COMES OUT & SUPPORTS THEIR OWN! Not only the biggest, but the FRESHEST BRIGHTEST NEW WORK HEARD IN A LONG TIME! So much to be celebrated here, poets, but what stands out most besides the work itself, is the gushing well-spring of genuine love and […]

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How beautiful can a day be?

[Finally] The first of our new Living Room Series, featuring ALEXANDRA OLIVER, SADIQA DE MEIJER & KIRBY. A lovely day. Thanks to Katya at The Great Escape Book Store & League of Canadian Poets for their support of this series.

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THE GIRLS WHO GET IT

GET IT No. You are not dreaming. Our next two weekends. Join us.

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Now Serving

“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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Firsts

“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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Finery

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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Escape hatch

RASIQRA REVULVA SAILOR, C’EST L’HEURE [The Blasted Tree] OUT NOW at KFB EAST Returned from a lovely visit at THE GREAT ESCAPE BOOKSTORE | KFB EAST… a glorious new window display featuring GE’s BOOK & FILM CLUB, the James Dickey [novel]/John Boorman [film] classic DELIVERANCE. Highly recommend. At our nook in back: the NEW MARK […]

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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 […]

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TAROT MAXIMUS

“Nguyen’s work is a poetics insistent on fragmentation and rupture as a mode of thinking and being in the world–one where, paradoxically, the very notion of fragmentation is, in itself, a whole. Her poems remind us that meaning, as we understand it, does not have to adhere to standard conventions of syntax–thereby faithfully echoing the […]

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We’re chuffed.

You’re gonna flip. A Globe & Mail Top 100 [SAM CHEUK]. Our first double chapbook, FLIP with two titles by VICTORIA MBABAZI. NEW JIM JOHNSTONE. LISA ROBERTSON. & AYAZ PIRANI. We’re chuffed. NEW KFB SELECTS SUBSCRIBERS receive a KFB BONUS GIFT BUNDLE [limited offer while supplies last] SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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2022

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did your father

KES did your father Based on the poem “Flow Chart” from JENNIFER LOVEGROVE The Tinder Sonnets knife | fork | book 2021. Vocals by the author. released December 14, 2021

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The Living Room Series

DEBUTS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2022 JESSICA HIEMSTRA & ANNE MICHAELS SADIQA DE MEIJER & KIRBY

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“as if anything can be certain again”

JENNY BERKEL Grease Dogs ARLEEN PARÉ Last ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED & PRATYUSHA Second Memory Karen, thanks for reminding me of this certainty… the beauty of the book in hand. Baseline Press

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Kirby wept.

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Home

knife | fork | book, Canada’s All-Poetry Destination, is looking for a new home. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege to create/co-create and inhabit some beautiful spaces. We’ve proven ourselves very adaptable in each, making things pretty, including our current online presence. We’re in no rush. We aimed to be a steady rudder throughout […]

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Returning

First in person poetry outing since 14 March 2020, and a grand re-entry at that, accompanied by poet/friends CONOR McDONNELL + JIM JOHNSTONE attending the beautiful laneway gallery space at THE GREAT ESCAPE BOOKSTORE where a group show of poetry broadsides are on display, extended to the end of this month, featuring work by VICTORIA […]

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Cover 2 Cover

A little over a year ago, KFB made a commitment to create settings to listen/hear a poet’s work in its entirety, whether workshopped as a work-in-progress, or a finished piece. Cover 2 Cover debuts here with a complete reading of poet, AARON TUCKER‘s long poem CATALOGUE D’OISEAUX, published by Book*hug Press, 2021, recorded 30 May […]

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Loaded

KFB SELECTS 2021 AIDAN CHAFE GOSPEL DRUNK Now at the Dispensary Hear AIDAN CHAFE here, celebrate the KFB launch of AMANDA EARL’s MATTHEW in conversation w/KIRBY. KFB SUNDAY SERVICE 20 JUN 2021 11AM ET Direct Link on our homepage morning of. Photo collage: Kirby

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Such times

NEW AT THE DISPENSARY “…demonstrating (as if that were needed) that poetry transposes into bodies and languages, imposing its luminous presence that no technology can diminish.” – ALEXANDRE PATEAU “A monumental testament to our times.” – KIRBY In 2020, the poetry translation project VERSschmuggel / reVERSible brought together six German poets, and twelve Canadian poets (six writing in English […]

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ASJ + UDP @ KFB

I repeat, yes, it’s true. We have the NEW AISHA SASHA JOHN from our good friends ASJ & Ugly Duckling Presse at the Dispensary. AISHA SASHA JOHN TO STAND AT THE PRECIPICE ALONE AND REPEAT WHAT IS WHISPERED

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There’s this crazy thing that happens when you open a book and see perfection. Poet, CAMERON ANSTEE, has a knack for this. A huge fan of his Invisible debut, Book of Annotations, along with the consistently beautiful work he produces at Apt. 9. Then, these two new chapbooks he penned, Lines and Baseline Variations [St. […]

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Before

“Good evening and welcome to KFB.” The KFB Warm-Up Welcome. Stephen Collis & Bardia Sinaee meeting for the first time earlier tonight at knife | fork | book.

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So fine

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO DAMN PRETTY?! NEW from THE BLASTED TREE Kevin Stebner’s The Enfolding is the prettiest thing my eyes have beheld this season. Then there’s Lee’s SAINTLYLIMB and a new broadside for my fridge. Scoop these while you can.

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New Dedora

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DOUGLAS KEARNEY SHO

Come here. Come here. Come here. Come here. Kearney’s prosody is miraculous. Explosive double beats launch the lines or hit the break like a hi-hat. Slant rhymes suggest infinite puns, but Kearney sometimes downshifts from complexity and just cruises around the neighborhood. Formalism as syncopation and signification: I can’t think of another writer as gifted as […]

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Set list

Set list from last night’s brilliant launch/reading of TRAVIS SHARP’s YES, I AM A CORPSE FLOWER with Special Guest SARAH DOWLING. Thanks to all who attended/celebrated.

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“We’re here for the poetry.”

KFB has not only one subscription series, but two: KFB SELECTS MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION SERIES Twelve monthly titles of the latest and best in contemporary poetry selected by knife | fork | book. Our roster speaks for itself: KFB SELECTS 2021 MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JULY | AUG AARON TUCKER CATALOGUE D’OISEAUX (Book*hug) HOA […]

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KFB is a place.

It was exactly one year ago today our glorious physical shop/cafe at Artscape Youngplace was shutdown by COVID 19. Then, months into it, it became apparent we wouldn’t be returning there. We haven’t spoken much to the pain of this loss during the pandemic. It simply didn’t lend itself to the more immediate focus of […]

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The Fangirl Issue

“When is the last time you’ve been giddy?” PURCHASE ANYTHING FROM OUR NEW ONLINE SHOP knifeforkbook.shop & RECEIVE A FREE COPY* OF GUEST 16 THE FANGIRL ISSUE EDITED BY KIRBY [above/ground press] *while supplies last

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Best friends.

“You need a best friend in poetry to survive.” – Henri Cole

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“hell yes we’re bent.”

a thousand tones of grief, the need for contact… / i’m on a ledge. teetering. trying not to fall. trying to see. / in our garden in our city in our country that will/will not defend us. i stand and listen and cry. / there are so many lights. a thousand flashes against the night’s […]

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“The exact book I needed:”

HEAR PHIL HALL HERE BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW PRESS LAUNCH w/SPECIAL GUEST MARK GOLDSTEIN 02 MARCH 2021 KFB KFB SELECTS Twelve monthly selections of the latest and best in contemporary poetry selected by knife | fork | book SUBSCRIBE

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Merrill

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Winter dreams

Ushering in the new. JIM JOHNSTONE THE OUROBOROS R. KOLEWE THE WILD FOX SHANE NEILSON WALT ICONIC K F B 2 FEBRUARY 7PM EST Purchase all three at Shop KFB

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Biblical

Without Form is a meticulous erasure of the Holy Bible, only its chapter and verse notation spared by repeat Blasted Tree contributor Ben Robinson. This ambitious visual poetry project encompasses all sixty-six books of the Bible—over one thousand pages—published in print in its entirety and animated for easy online viewing. The Blasted Tree has made […]

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The [year]

How? Much has fallen through the cracks. Many titles not given their due. My heart to all poets and publishers who continue to maneuver stay afloat these precarious days. Dreams lessened, deferred or lost. One night, we’re welcoming Alice Notley, the next we’re in lockdown. A cherished space of our own, only now to begin […]

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Radiant

Find this radiant beauty here.

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Fitterman x 2

New broadside from our friends at Ugly Duckling Presse

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“Who am I?”

2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR POETRY DON MEE CHOI DMZ COLONY [WAVE BOOKS 083]

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HOA/WAH

This winter, poet HOA NGUYEN returns to FRED WAH with a pair of writing workshops in support of knife | fork | book “Verse, prose, verse-prose: multi-referential yet playful. It is a book of poetics as poem as reality-expanding creative possibility. In a sequence written across books and forty years, MHT is a poetics of […]