KFB Closed This Week (Nov 15-18th)

WIN 2017 bpNichol Shortlist Bundle

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The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

DANA CLAXTON The Patient Storm above/ground press
DORIS FISZER The Binders Tree Press
STEVIE HOWELL Summer Desert Pets Press
SONNET L’ABBE  Anima Canadensis Junction Books
NANCI LEE Preparation FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
RENEE SAROJINI SAKLIKAR After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees above/ground press

Congrats to the poets & publishers. All six chapbooks are currently on display at knife | fork | book where you can enter our raffle to win the bundle! Enter in person at the shop or at our table at Meet the Presses November 18th where the winner/s will be announced. One entry per person, please.

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“It just makes me happy!”

September read 3/16, and 87/103 in my #readin2017 queue: Jonathan Garfinkel – Bociany (Storks). Purchased during the @knifeforkbook customer appreciation sale! Close-up of #poetry shelf 2 (Bi to La). Also of note: this is the fifth consecutive read/review featuring writers with a first name beginning with "J!" Not at all intentional, but pretty neat, right? This is the second @knifeforkbook chapbook I've read so far (and the fact that there are delicious fall releases I have yet to pick up is ITCHING my BRAIN, but that's beside the point), and I have to say, I really enjoy the way "Bociany (Storks)" presents a complementary aesthetic to @itsakirby's "She's Having A Doris Day." It just makes me happy! Shoutout to @itsakirby for the cover, and Norman Nemetallah for the book design, which is lovely overall. And now a few notes on the text! These poems were startling and engrossing; rich with scene and image and story and violence. The titular poem had me seeking out the referenced artist and artwork – a rewarding exercise itself! – and left me quietly amazed by its shifting execution. Possibly my favourite in the book? But I've marked too many to be able to say for sure. #books #rasiqrasreviews #jonathangarfinkel #bocianystorks #toronto #knifeforkbook #booklove #personallibrary #shelfie #augustreads #literarylatergram #inspiration #amwriting #research #fuckyeah #luvyourlife #shelflife #readallthebooks #customerappreciationsale #canadianpoetry #shoplocal #chapbook #rasiqrarecommends #bookdesign #jeffkirby #normannehmetallah #jozefchelmonski

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Us, too! Thanks, Rasiqra. *kisses*  knife | fork | book

JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) First Printing SOLD OUT. Available soon as an e-book at k | f | b  shop. JEFF KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY has legs. Find her, along with our latest chapbooks, online and at the shop.

KFB Bestsellers / This Week at KFB

CA CONRAD While Standing in Line for Death (Wave, 2017)

SAM SAX Madness (Penguin, 2017)

DANEZ SMITH Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf, 2017)

KAVEH AKBAR Calling a Wolf a Wolf Alice James, 2017)

JERAMY DODDS Drakkar Noir (Coach House, 2017)

SINA QUEYRAS My Ariel (Coach House, 2017)

KATHRYN MOCKLER Some Theories, (ST Press, 2017)

ELIANNA LEV Sex Made Me (kfb, 2017)

CEDAR SIGO [ed.]  JOANNE KYGER There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera (Wave, 2017)

ANNA MACLACHLAN Music of Sleep (Erin Robinsong, 2017)

Week ending 30 September 2017 (monthly list)
HOT: JAY RITCHIE Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie (Coach House) CANISIA LUBRIN Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn)  DAVID BRADFORD Call Out (kfb) DIVYA VICTOR Kith (BookThug) SUE LANDERS Franklinstein (Roof Books) NATALIE WEE Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines (Words Dance)
KFB PICKS: SHANNON BRAMER Precious Energy (BookThug) DALE SMITH Sons (kfb)  SENNAH YEE How Do I Look? (Metatron) PHIL HALL ERIN MOURE The Interrupted (Beautiful Outlaw Press) AIDAN CHAFE Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press)
ALSO: Check out our new Rarities and Signed Section

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k | f | b  OCTOBER SELECTION & FEATURED POET: CANISIA LUBRIN

Canisia Lubrin’s Voodoo Hypothesis is an interior in motion: a gorgeous, searching intelligence. It is a womb/tomb of luminous inquiry. A semi-permeable ship where your mind is in concert with Lubrin’s forward propagating lineation, a participatory dreamscape that leads you back to your own culpability. This is a work that reads you, too.” – Liz Howard, author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize
Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of “blackness” and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people as inferior, through constant parallel representations of “evil” and “savagery.” Pulling from pop culture, science, pseudo-science and contemporary news stories about race, Lubrin asks: What happens if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were actually applied to the contemporary “black experience”? With its irreverence toward colonialism, and the related obsession with post-colonialism and anti-colonialism, and her wide-ranging lines, deftly touched with an intermingling of Caribbean Creole, English patois and baroque language, Lubrin has created a book that holds up a torch to the narratives of the ruling class, and shows us the restorative possibilities that exist in language itself. (Wolsak & Wynn).
“To hear Lubrin read is an exercise in precision and grace. Razor sharp, with balm.” Kirby,  knife | fork | book

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13TH  SLO-PO with DAVID BRADFORD reads Voodoo Hypothesis aloud. 7:30- 9PM.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10TH CANISIA LUBRIN reads with LYNN CROSBIE Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

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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)

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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

STOTZ FLEMING TAKATSU COLE DI SAVERIO

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ANSTRUTHER PRESS LAUNCH

Krischan STOTZ*

Ally FLEMING

S. TAKATSU

Stewart COLE

+ INSPIRITUS PRESS LAUNCH

Marc DI SAVERIO

THURSDAY AUGUST 24TH

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at Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish

STEWART COLE is the author of Questions in Bed (Goose Lane, 2012). A Canadian expatriate, he lives in Wisconsin, where he teaches at the University of Oshkosh.
S. TAKATSU is a writer, designer, event coordinator, and the founder of Inspiritus Press, Bring the Noise Street Poetry, Crossroads Literary Festival and other community initiatives. His serialized work has surpasses 1 million reads online. He pioneered English cell phone novels in 2008, authored Secondhand MemoriesEspresso LoveOf Forests and Clocks and Dreams, and edited the 2017 poetry anthology, Apparatus. He has a forthcoming poem in PRISM International. He was the recipient of the 2016 Babs Burggraf Award, and lives in Toronto.
ALLY FLEMING is a poet, publicist, and emerging reviewer who lives in Toronto. Her work can be found in Carousel, Canadian Medical Association Journal‘s blog, New Recruits, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, This Magazine, and the chapbook What Happened Was: He Flew (serif of nottingham editions, 2011).
KRISCHAN STOTZ is a young gay Canadian writer who lives in Berlin as a freelancer.
MARC DI SAVERIO hails from Hamilton, Ontario. His poems and translations have appeared in such outfits as CNQ, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, and Partisan. In 2015, critic Shane Neilson wrote in CNQ Magazine that Di Saverio’s debut, Sanatorium Songs (Palimpsest Press), “is the greatest poetry debut from the past 25 years.” He was ranked in the top ten of the world’s finest English language haiku poets in 2011 by Simply Haiku Magazine, and awarded the City of Hamilton Arts Award For Best Emerging Writer in 2016. Forthcoming is his epic poem, Crito Di Volta (Biblioasis), and Ship of Gold: the Essential Poems of Emile Nelligan (Véhicule Press).
Hand model: JIM JOHNSTONE
*Not in attendance