Pretty in Violet


Listed in the Top Ten Poetry Collections— Fall 2016  Publishers Weekly

“Gather the firm clever thing / from the moment looking away”

In these new poems, Nguyen seems especially immersed in her own process and in the essence of writing, engaged with the “root of the words/ not the fucking use/ made purposed and stupid.” Publishers Weekly
Her poems often use carefully juxtaposed phrases—images, fragments of dialogue, puns—in order to reveal the power structures and ideologies embedded in the seemingly most innocuous of comments and objects. Accordingly, Nguyen’s poetics are attentive to what she calls “the constellations of influences and community.” Michael Prior, The Walrus
…because the self who is addressed in these poems is such a complete and complex entity—because the poet is exposing all of these areas of her life—our connection with her is accelerated. We quickly fall into a deep trust that whatever she says is earnest to the utmost, is a matter of personal importance. We might not be able to fully articulate exactly who this poet is, but we have an intuitive feeling that we know her well. This intuition affords us some comfort in what can otherwise be perplexing terrain. We feel freer to suspend our need for immediate understanding; we feel encouraged to accept uncertainty as a necessary aspect of both the self and poetry. Though at first glance her work may look too challenging to enjoy, these familiarizing and reassuring effects make Nguyen one of the best experimental poets a novice reader can pick up.
In the end these poems leave us with an abiding sense of affirmation, a sense that life—in its messy assemblage of frustrations and joys—is profoundly necessary. Ryo Yamaguchi, Boston Review




knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market

Doors open 6:30PM

Photo credits: Hoa Nguyen. PBS Newshour.


Get Into Trouble


“…think of it as a turbulence machine.” Mónica de la Torre

“Anna Moschovakis is a great abstract poet in the sense that she explores how formal procedures and found vocabularies and grammatical structures delimit what we can express at a given historical moment. But what makes her an indispensable writer is how she is able—and through her we are able—to experience questions of logical and linguistic relation as intensely lived, as sites not only of critical reflection, but of love. This book completes what I consider an essential poetic trilogy. It has expanded my sense of how I, you, they, we might address one another in the present tense of art.”Ben Lerner

“Deeply engaging […] Moschovakis sets philosophy, etymology, and memory in motion to show that “There are many ways to follow a thought.” Publishers Weekly




knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market

Doors open at 6:30PM

Anna Moschovakis is the author, most recently, of They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (Coffee House Press) and translator of Bresson on Bresson (NYRB Classics). She is an editor with Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn and a founding member of Bushel Collective in Delhi, NY. She teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Bard College (Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts).

Poets meet November 3rd


k|f|b is thrilled to announce that poets ROXANNA BENNETT The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope Books) & KILBY SMITH-McGREGOR Kids in Triage (Wolsak & Wynn) will grace our table Thursday, November 3rd. 

They’re plenty excited, too. It will be the first time these two actually meet following a brilliant two-part converstion they shared at The Puritan Magazine’s sister site, The Town Crier.

To be privy to such a meeting. Wondrous.


knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market
Doors open 6:30PM | Reading 7PM
Photo credit:  Laura Jane Petelko (Kilby Smith-McGregor)