LIT LIVE HAMILTON last night was indeed live, with a stellar line-up of poets, GARY BARWIN, BEN ROBINSON, CORNELIA HOOGLAND, DAVID PETER CLARK, (along with DANILA BOTHA and DANIEL COLEMAN, not pictured) at THE STAIRCASE (a haven). Seeing March’s slate, we may have to return. knife | fork | book
Last night @knifeforkbook hosted by @itsakirby (photo 3). Adam Katz and his super interesting collaborative chapbook (photo 2); Dale Smith (photo 1) gave a rollicking talk about Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, including excerpts from their letters to each other (photo 4). . . . . . . #reading #books #book #toronto #event #torontoevents #poetry #poem #poems #poets #poet
Thanks for this Aaron. And thanks to Adam, Dale, and all who took part in last night’s celebration/launch of these new works. knife | fork | book
Photos. Top: KIRBY Instagram: AARON TUCKER
“IN [KIRBY’S] SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY, THERE ARE JUXTAPOSITIONS BETWEEN WHITE MIDDLE CLASS POLITESSE AND WHAT’S HIDDEN BENEATH THE SURFACE, SUCH AS COCKROACHES IN “WHITE SALE”, A PRISTINE BED THAT IS NEVER USED FOR SEX. I LIKE THE WAY GENDER IS HANDLED IN AN ALMOST CASUAL WAY IN THIS POEM. IN “ADAM’S FEET” WE HAVE THE IMAGE OF FRAGILITY AND VOLATILITY: LILIES IN A GLASS VASE IN A CHURCH AT THE FUNERAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE FLORIDA SHOOTING AND WANTING TO KISS THE FEET OF A STRAIGHT MAN WHO WOULD KILL THE SPEAKER IF HE KNEW. THESE JUXTAPOSITIONS BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE, APPEARANCES AND REALITY CREATE POWERFUL POEMS…SO FUCKING IRREVERENT, JOYOUS AND SAD ALL AT THE SAME TIME.” – AMANDA EARL, KIKI
“THESE ARE POEMS THAT PROCLAIM A VICTORY THROUGH PERSEVERANCE, SURVIVAL AND A REFUSAL TO NOT EXIST LOUDLY AND JOYOUSLY…” @ROBMCLENNANBLOG
KIRBY’s newest is She’s Having a Doris Day (Knife From Book, 2017). Earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. Their work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at The Rusty Toque (nominated for The Pushcart Prize), Matrix Magazine and bandcamp. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.
k | f | b Subscription Series February|18 Selection: KAVEH AKBAR Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Penguin UK Edition)
We’ve opened up our k | f | b Subscription Series so you can now join any time of the year for a full year. Previous titles selected have been SAM SAX Madness (Penguin), CANISIA LUBRIN Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn), ANNE MICHAELS All We Saw (McClelland & Stewart), SINA QUEYRAS My Ariel (Coach House), GEORGE OPPEN 21 Poems (New Directions), and now KAVEH AKBAR‘s sensational debut, in it’s new Penguin UK Edition.
The beauty of the subscription series is you can always opt for an alternate title to the one selected (similiar price point) at the shop. This way, you get exactly what you want and commit to supporting knife | fork | book in the process.
You save money to boot! k | f | b Subscription is only $199/12 months/books (shipping not included). So, it’s the equivalent of getting TWO FREE BOOKS a year!
We’ll even sweeten the deal by revealing our March|18 Selection.
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ADAM KATZ [+ EMILIA JAGICA] START OVER (Delete Press, 2017) TORONTO LAUNCH
DALE SMITH [+ ROBERT J BERTHOLF] AN OPEN MAP: THE CORRESPONDENCE of ROBERT DUNCAN and CHARLES OLSON + IMAGINING PERSONS: ROBERT DUNCAN’S LECTURES ON CHARLES OLSON (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) TORONTO LAUNCH
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2ND
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 Wear socks (we’re shoeless).
ADAM KATZ has published poetry in journals such as Abraham Lincoln, Aufgabe, and Blackbox Manifold, and articles in Buddhist-Christian Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. He is a doctoral candidate in the University at Buffalo’s Department of English. START Over is the first in his series of collaborations with visual artists. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
DALE SMITH is a poet, critic, and scholar of poetry and rhetorical theory on the faculty of English at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the editor with Robert J. Bertholf of An Open Map: The Robert Duncan / Charles Olson Correspondence and Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan’s Lectures on Charles Olson. A critical study of poetry and public culture, Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960, was published in 2012. His writing has appeared in The Baffler, Best American Poetry 2002, Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, The Walrus, and elsewhere. A recent book of poetry, Slow Poetry in America, was published by Cuneiform in 2014; other poetry includes American Rambler (2000); The Flood & the Garden (2002); Black Stone (2007); Susquehanna (2008); and most recently Sons (knife | fork | book, 2017). His reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Brick. Born in Dallas, Texas, Smith has resided in Ontario since 2011 with the poet Hoa Nguyen and their children, Keaton and Waylon.
NOTE: Robert J Bertholf and Emilia Jagica will not be present.
Lauren Turner | John Stintzi | Roxanna Bennett
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(okay, she’s literally pissing herself. PREORDER HERE)
your inane orators and their rhetoric / that flows with the blood of others / beyond our frigid roads and rivers / your bedraggled buffoons who speak truth / Beings the colours of butterflies / slurping up the disturbing sweat / and elbow grease of my alchemy / extracting the quintessence of everything / Yes, I have made the most of your muck