“Poetry is what we serve.”

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Poetry is an event. Poetry read aloud is a vital, courageous, extraordinary act. It’s my refresh button. Sustenance. What keeps us here. Pockets of vibrant, responsive, living communities in support of one another. Challenging, raising the bar. Hearing what we haven’t, repeatedly the same, repeatedly new. To etch out identities and form. Find resonance and dischord. Celebrate differences. Exercise clean anger. Get messy. Weep with those who weep. Rejoice with those who rejoice.

k | f | b is the setting, the stage, where that occurs several times weekly. If poetry doesn’t move, what good is it?

And poets seek to read here, because, where there’s movement, it’s a happening.

KIRBY Field Trip: knife | fork | book in Toronto’s Kensington Market October 3, 2017, All Lit Up.

Photo: ROBERT FREDE KENTER, Beautiful Outlaw Press Launch 30 September 2017, k | f | b

We’re one

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k | f | b  2017 FALL CHAPBOOK LAUNCH

DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT ELIANNA LEV SEX MADE ME DALE SMITH SONS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6TH

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

To celebrate our 1st Anniversary, the first reading event in our new home. Three new chapbooks. Two compelling new poets and the first Canadian publication of poet Dale Smith.

OR How do you strike / if you have to strike / a loved one?

In Call Out, DAVID BRADFORD grapples with call-out culture as he turns a necessary call on one of his own, exploring the complications inherent in the nuance at play where the target is a friend, loved, known. Bradford’s long poem takes the shape of slow, fugal false starts set on 18 cards, and invites the reader to reorder, omit and emphasize its parts as they construct a different poem. In doing so, the cardholder is coerced into shifting the tone and ethics of the poem as they rebuild it—interrogating the biases of their Call Out as they take shape.

I’m not known for my discretion.

ELIANNA LEV’S Sex Made Me chronicles “how sex influenced my entire being, ” says Lev, adding,  ” From exploring the ways sexual corruption shaped me after being molested before my neural pathways were fully developed to detailing the time a team of medical practitioners of varying degrees of social graces huddled around my butthole to clumsily perform a confining STI-relayed anal probe … it’s all in there.”

His hand on you / Asleep and darkness / Where no moon tonight / Breathe him in

DALE SMITH’s SONS depicts masculine love as it is observed and passed between sons and father, father and sons.

LAUNCH NIGHT ONLY  k | f | b 2017 Fall Chapbook Bundle $40 (save $8)

Good friends

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kb: [my fantasy] Can I get the two of  you in a bathtub?

jg: Actually, Jeramy helped me caulk the tiles in my bathroom.

Fellow poets, good friends. JERAMY DODDS (DRAKKAR NOIR, Coach House Books, 2017) + JONATHAN GARFINKEL (BOCIANY STORKS, knife fork book, 2017) allow us to be ‘a fly on the wall’ in conversation about their relationship and work.

JERAMY DODDS + JONATHAN GARFINKEL IN CONVERSATION

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH 8PM SHARP

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Pictured here at Bruno’s Sports Bar, Montreal.

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I would be hard pressed to imagine a more perfect union (or evening). Absorbing. Transfixed. Full. Remarkable.

MARK GOLDSTEIN, PHIL HALL, ERIN MOURE at their BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW PRESS LAUNCH last night.

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SPECIAL THANKS to JOSEPH REID & LEO SCOPACASA of ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY for welcoming us into their beautiful, accessible space in Kensington Market (275 Augusta) now celebrating their 20th year. And to AUDRA SIMMONS for our new home at THE DARK SIDE STUDIO 244 Augusta, 2nd Floor.
UPCOMING k | f | b 1ST ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND BASH OCT 6 KFB CHAPBOOK LAUNCH  DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT | ELIANNA LEVSEX MADE ME  | DALE SMITH SONS OCT 7  THIS IS ‘GOOD GOOD’ w/RYAN ECKES SUE LANDERS ALISON LASORDA JIMMY MCINNES LIZ HOWARD JACOB MCARTHUR MOONEY GARY BARWIN HUGH THOMAS R. KOLEWE EMILY ISZAK RASIQRA REVULVA  JULIE CAMERON GRAY JAMES G SOUTHCOTT A ZACHARY +++ SPECIAL GUESTS 4-7PM | IN CONVERSATION: JERAMY DODDS & JONATHAN GARFINKEL 8PM OCT 8  OPEN HOUSE 1-5PM OCT 13 SLO-PO Reading Group w/DAVID BRADFORD OCT 20  NIGHTWOOD EDITIONS SHOWCASE SPENCER GORDON | REBECCA PAPUCARU | OWAIN NICHOLSON | DAVID ALEXANDER OCT 27  ROCCO DE GIACOMO | MARGO LAPIERRE | PHILLIP CRYMBLE  OCT 28 (Sat 7:30PM) JAN CONN | SUSAN GILLIS | MARY DI MICHELE | JANE MUNRO | YOKO’S DOGS
Photos: KIRBY

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“Where are we Toto?”

“We’ve landed. Softly. On hardwood.”

WE’VE MOVED

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery). 

NEW SHOP HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday 1 – 5:30 PM  

NEW MAILING ADDRESS:  knife | fork | book c/o The Dark Side Studio  244 Augusta Ave. Second Floor Toronto, ON M5T 2L7
Bookseller:  JEFF KIRBY
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Beautiful outlaws

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BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW PRESS CHAPBOOK LAUNCH

MARK GOLDSTEIN THE WHIPPER

PHIL HALL + ERIN MOURE THE INTERRUPTED

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH  Doors 7 Readings 7:30

k | f | b offsite at  ORBITAL ARTS GALLERY 275 AUGUSTA AVE KENSINGTON MARKET

ACCESS: StopGap ramp into shop. No public washrooms.
Photo: MARK GOLDSTEIN