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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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
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. […]
“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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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“You need a best friend in poetry to survive.” – Henri Cole
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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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 […]
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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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 […]
Above and beyond. Smart, incisive mini-reviews by poet AARON TUCKER posted on their Instagram. Thanks, love!
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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 […]
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
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 […]
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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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 […]
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, […]
Thanks for stating it clearly, Jónína, Audre. All I want. Kirby
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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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