The extraordinary new issue of MATRIX MAGAZINE, edited by poet ROXANNA BENNETT now in store alongside The Antigonish Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, BRICK, Broken Pencil, CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Four Poets, Grain, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Room, Vallum, and more. knife | fork | book
We’re salivating. See you there. knife | fork | book
And drop by our place after, we’re open until 9PM tonight @Rick’s Cafe 281 Augusta Avenue Kensington Market.
I’ll be at our current gallery show, The Power of Portraiture, at Rick’s Cafe (281 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market) and it’s lovely poetry bookshop, knife | fork | book, from 2-3PM this Sunday, November 13th to meet and answer any questions you may have regarding the work on display/sale. Drop by and introduce yourself. — Tom
THE POWER OF PORTRAITURE
Curated by THOMAS MAUNDER | gallery 1007
now through NOVEMBER 27TH
A poet is plunderphonics. Living in the surreal but grasping the environment by the neck to what exists. Then it’s translated to words and redefined universally. A poet is not just a stagnant identity itself, nor is it a made identity. Anyone can be a poet as long as one holds firm to expressing themselves. I feel there is no label.
Just as it is impossible to perform tasks such as making a shirt without a seam as stated in the ballad, the process of bringing the poet’s thoughts in unison with the poem can be, if not, just as impossible as the tasks stated in “Scarborough Fair”. My playing with the consciousness of the poem is the key feature of this collection. It often starts out with a rant of mine and like a seed sown beneath the soil, it will continue to grow and as it grows, I begin to manipulate the formation of words, the rhythm and musicality of the idea in which the play on of living words brings my naked poem into life. It’s almost like the phenomena of playing with fire.
Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10TH
knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market
Doors open 6:30PM | Reading 7PM
Stanford Cheung is a poet and musician from Toronto. He is the author of 2 chapbooks most recently “Any Seam or Needlework” published by The Operating System (2016) as part of their Of Sound::Mind Series. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his work appears in Ricepaper, Nomadic Journal, X-Peri Magazine, Zoomoozophone Review and elsewhere. A winner of numerous international piano competitions, he has performed throughout the US, Canada, and Asia at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Living Arts Centre with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and everything in between. Presently, he studies at University of Toronto.