She’s gotta pivot

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“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

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“THESE ARE POEMS THAT PROCLAIM A VICTORY THROUGH PERSEVERANCE, SURVIVAL AND A REFUSAL TO NOT EXIST LOUDLY AND JOYOUSLY…” @ROBMCLENNANBLOG

THIS WEDNESDAY

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PIVOT. FEB 7. KIRBY, MAH, SHELSTAD. TIKI ROOM. TRANZAC CLUB. 8PM

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.

OTTAWA TONIGHT

MONTREAL

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We love you.  knife | fork | book

PICTURED: k | f | b MONTREAL 2017 FALL CHAPBOOK LAUNCH featuring DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT ELIANNA LEV SEX MADE ME DALE SMITH SONS LAUREN TURNER WE’RE NOT GONG TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME Hosted by KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY at MONASTIRAKI (Thanks BILLY MAVREAS) and the vibrant writer’s community in Montreal for celebrating with us.
Photos: KIRBY

 

“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

Blusty & Doris

SUBSCRIBE to KFB’s 2017/18 Chapbook Series and receive a FREE COPY of Blusty and Poodle’s Pick, KIRBY’s SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY.

Poet Warrior Princess

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I’m her Poet Warrior Princess (and my pony’s name is Lavender).

What can authors and publishers specifically do to support your bookstore, either locally or from a distance?

It’s cheaper to order online. Cheaper. That’s all. It cheapens us all.

Everyone knows I’m not getting monetarily rich selling poetry. But Toronto is much richer with KFB being here. So, go ahead, be cheap, as we all must once and awhile. But, keep us on your radar and donate, buy poetry, from here. Reap the benefits.

BOOKSTORES WE LOVE: TORONTO; KNIFE | FORK | BOOK An interview with (Jeff) Kirby. LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON, The Operating System, Brooklyn.
INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: JEFF KIRBY. KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI, Lexical.ca
Photos: KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI