It’s exactly one year ago that KFB’s first little chapbook launched, KIRBY’s SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY, cleverly disguised as a pink bon bon with legs that kick. Four printings later, nearly 400 copies sold, fellow KFB poet JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) and myself invite you to celebrate with us this TUESDAY MAY 1ST reading at SPOONBILL BOOKS in Brooklyn. She’ll be having one, reading from Doris and mostly new material from my forthcoming full-length, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF. Starts at 7PM. See you there.
KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) TUESDAY MAY 1ST 7PM SPOONBILL BOOKS 99 MONTROSE AV BROOKLYN
Here’s the real ‘deal.’ We’re a poetry-only bookshop with one of the most vibrant reading schedules on the face of the earth. In Toronto. You can’t get that online. We’re worth the actual retail cost of a book. And a little more.
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It’s National Poetry Month! I know @itsakirby has big plans at @knifeforkbook which I am excited for. But, Kirby is also a great poet! Here is She’s Having a Doris Day (with poem when you swipe through) – can’t wait for the new full manuscript! * * * * * * #poem #poetry #poems #nationalpoetrymonth #toronto #book #books#bookstore #poet #poets #pink #dorisday
A lovely thing to wake up to. Thanks Aaron. – Kirby
DORIS is now in her 4th printing, preparing to hit the road starting TUESDAY MAY 1ST in Brooklyn at SPOONBILL with fellow k | f | b poet JONATHAN GARFINKEL and dates in Oakville (June 10th) Hamilton, Detroit, Toledo, + more TBA. Booking inquiries ATTN: DORIS email@example.com More info jeffkirby.ca
“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.
"The simplicity and grace of the design of this small title is quite striking … these are poems that proclaim a victory through perseverance, survival and a refusal to not exist loudly and joyously…" @robmclennanblog https://t.co/76WRTqUnVm
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She's bringing it. #bonafide
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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.