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NYB no 2

What do I mean by queer?* Resilient. Tenacious. Creative. Out there. Joyous. Playful. Catty. Fun. Non-conforming. Fleshy. SparklePony. Baton-twirling. Activist. Sick of rainbows. Pride. Butch. Kween. Friend of Dorothy. Pro-sexual. Unrankled. Big fan of pretty. Plays well in the dark. Reads. Can bend when willing. Loves Mom. Cher. Pink. Warriors. Dancers. Anything flamboyant. Flies in […]

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TQT + KFB =

If we can’t turn this tanker in the canal / and it’s locks from here to the rising sea, / who wants to blow me as the world drowns? NEIL SURKAN “Scratched in a Stall on the Seasong” from THEIR QUEER TENDERNESS

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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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Franz, Frank, + Chen Chen

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“I need more of you.”

Bodies. Moves. Poetry. Such joy. Move darlin’s, move. Hoping these last days of summer are a welcome reprieve. Much love, Kirby

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The pleasure of the text

The definitive survey of an essential feminist poet. Edited by SINA QUEYRAS, GENEVIEVE ROBICHAUD, and ERIN WUNKER from COACH HOUSE BOOKS PURCHASE >>> Be sure to attend Coach House’s [Virtual] WAYZGOOSE 2020 SEPT 3RD!

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ORANGE [2]

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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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“BEHOLD A MAN!”

I’m not interested / in anything less / than grace KFB SELECTS is proud to offer the debut publication of Auric Press KFB SELECTS SEPTEMBER 2020 CODY-ROSE CLEVIDENCE “BEHOLD A MAN!” recently I’m writing this stuff that’s super god, and grace, and mercy. And I’m like, “Is that because I live in the rural south, […]

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“This is what I want.”

Thanks for stating it clearly, Jónína, Audre. All I want. Kirby

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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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KFB SAL/ONline DEBUTS

and we’re back. Darlin’s, in the grand tradition of Stein, Matisse, and Capote, we’ve officially entered our “Salon Phase.” We couldn’t be more chuffed. And to debut with these stunning new ANSTRUTHER PRESS chapbooks, this line-up of poets, made it all the more. Thanks to all who joined SAMUEL STRATHMAN, SÍLE ENGLERT, AYAZ PIRANI, SHANE […]

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SHIRLEY CAMIA | N O V E N A

On this, the last evening of Filipino Heritage Month 2020, SHIRLEY CAMIA graces us with her new short, NOVENA. Poet/Director SHIRLEY CAMIA on NOVENA: This short film, inspired by videos created by Filipinx artists of the diaspora who integrate their cultural heritage into their work, transforms one of my written poems into a multimedia artistic […]

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“I am shook.”

“This felt true to me. It felt timely. And I had no idea how to even begin.” “Your voice will never die. / That is to say I’ll hear it” Both of these new collections, by poets I already hold dear, have shook me to my core and will stay with me forever. – KIRBY, […]

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HOME DELIVERY: KFB SELECTS MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION SERIES

Join KFB SELECTS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES any time of the year for a full year. Twelve monthly titles of the latest and best in contemporary poetry selected by knife | fork | book. KFB SELECTS Subscription Series relaunches with our MARCH 2020 Selection: ALICE NOTLEY FOR THE RIDE (Penguin Poets, 2020) KFB SELECTS APRIL 2020: JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI JUNEBAT (Anansi Poetry, […]

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PRIDE 2020 | KFB QUEER PAKS

QUEER QUEERER QUEEREST KFB/wQr QUEER CHAPBOOK PAK HOA NGUYEN ASK ABOUT LANGUAGE AS IF IT FORGETS BRANDY RYAN + KERRY MANDERS AFTER PULSE CODY CAETANO PLEASURE DOME POEMS PRATHNA LOR 7,2 KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (eBook Download) $50 KFB LAVENDER TRIO DAVID LY MYTHICAL MAN ANNICK MACASKILL MURMURATIONS JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI JUNEBAT $60 […]

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KFB in the Village

As a result of the current pandemic, KFB is operating entirely online until further notice. NEW! KIRBSERV CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE IN THE VILLAGE HOME DELIVERY: KFB SELECTS SUBSCRIPTION SERIES SHOP ONLINE WE SHIP/DELIVER DAILY ON ALL TITLES IN STOCK ASK/INQUIRE info@knifeforkbook.com PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING HERE and/or BECOMING A KFB PATREON MEMBER HERE Thank You. Subject […]

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Orange

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