“Tonight, like no other…”

 

Stew, my paddling companion, coughs, says:
“I didn’t think I’d miss the insects
as much as the potable water,
the blue sky, green.”*
A breeze makes me glad to be in my body.**

 

THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

AARON KREUTER
Arguments for Lawn Chairs

JIM NASON
Touch Anywhere to Begin

FEBRUARY 2ND

Doors 6:30PM  Poetry 7-ish

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

Aaron Kreuter is a writer of fiction and poetry. His first collection of poetry, Arguments For Lawn Chairs, is out now from Guernica Editions. You and Me, Belonging, a collection of short fiction, is forthcoming from Tightrope Books.
Jim Nason is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently, Music Garden.  He has also published two novels, The Housekeeping Journals and I Thought I Would Be Happy, as well as a collection of short fiction, The Girl on the Escalator.  His award-winning poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2010, and 2014.  He has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories.  Jim was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, and Syracuse.  He has degrees from York, Ryerson, and McGill Universities and presently lives in Toronto where he writes and teaches.  He is the owner and publisher of Tightrope Books.
Photos: KIRBY
*AARON KRUETER from Paddling the Nickel Tailings Near Sudbury **JIM NASON Touch Anywhere to Begin p.75

 

 

Get some

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“In Jim Nason‘s fifth collection of poetry, Touch Anywhere to Begin (Signature Editions, 2016), poems are set in a physical world where full-throttle desire commingles with love, loss and grief. Although death is ever present — death of a father, death of a friend — there is a life-affirming/mystical quality at the core of the book. Nason reminds us that the city is both real and surreal, a place of creatures and buildings, imagination and deep emotions.”

JIM NASON

DECEMBER 15TH

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

Doors open 6:30PM | Poetry 7-ish

Jim Nason is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently, Music Garden.  He has also published two novels, The Housekeeping Journals and I Thought I Would Be Happy, as well as a collection of short fiction, The Girl on the Escalator.  His award-winning poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2010, and 2014.  He has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories.  Jim was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, and Syracuse.  He has degrees from York, Ryerson, and McGill Universities and presently lives in Toronto where he writes and teaches.  He is the owner and publisher of Tightrope Books.

On the highwire

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A few of our favourite titles/poets from Tightrope Books, including their signature, THE BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2016 (in English) series*,  EMILY POHL-WEARY‘s Ghost Sick (recently shortlisted for the Fred Cogswell Award), and ROXANNA BENNETT’s The Uncertainty Principle, reading here, NOVEMBER 3RD (with KILBY SMITH-MCGREGOR).

*Launching at IFOA HARBOURFRONT, November 30th.

Full Throttle Vulnerability

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JIM NASON
DECEMBER 15TH*

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

Doors open 6:30PM | Reading 7PM
*Note date change.

What Queer Reading

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“I’ve stopped holding back.”

Poet JIM NASON‘s fifth collection, Touch Anywhere To Begin (Signature Editions, 2016), is hot. Not ‘trying to be hot’ on steroids, not ‘porn-talk.’ Hot. Real hot. A heat that only comes with a certain degree of risk, the unspoken communication between lovers pushing boundaries, attempting the new, paying attention to the point of entry. How one is entered.

Desire is a weed in the air as I walk today. p.16

As Carl Phillips describes in the book’s epigraph, “…the tension between how we behave and how we are expected to behave.”

Or, as a woman who came up to him at his recent Toronto launch at The Wickson Social (once the iconic Club Colby’s, then Five) said, “I was uncomfortable, but for all the right reasons.”

Tonight, like no other, sex. p.17

“I’m the one squirming,” says Jim, “but with each piece in this book I…

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Thursdays in October

 

 

October 6th | MARNIE WOODROW 

October 13th | THE POWER OF PORTRAITURE

October 20th  December 15th |  JIM NASON 

October 27th | HOA NGUYEN 

 

OPENING NIGHT: 10/62016 Toronto Book Award Finalist and Goldie Award winning novelist MARNIE WOODROW reads from her early collection of shorts, In the Spice House, set in Kensington Market.  10/13THE POWER OF PORTRAITURE opens, curated by TOM MAUNDER of GALLERY 1007  12/15 (Note date change) – Poet JIM NASON reads from his new collection Touch Anywhere To Begin (Signature Editions) and 10/27 TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH of the highly anticipated new collection by HOA NGUYEN, VIOLET ENERGY INGOTS (Wave Books).

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

Doors open at 6:30PM (check here for any updates)
Photo credits: 1,2,3 Jeff Kirby. Hoa Nguyen, PBS Newshour.