Happy birthday, Doris

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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

 

Frivolity

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omg, her cocktail has finally arrived!”

Frivolity was in full force last night at Le Gala de l’Académie de la vie littéraire (La Sala Rossa, Montreal) with fantastical hosts Mathieu Arsenault and Catherine Cormier-Larose (congrats!), music by La Fièvre, spectacular trophies by Jonathan Lafleur, an impressive slate of Montreal-scene poets, including Jacob Wren, Elkahna Talbi, Jessica Bebenek, Kama La Mackerel, Marcella Huerta, Mirion Malle, Carl Bessette, with KFB publisher Kirby (see @notyrmuse ‘story’ on instagram), standing in for Jonathan Garfinkel, reading ‘Pansies’ from Bociany (Storks) one of the honourees. Smashing.
(O, and Lauren Turner has “A GODDAMN CHAPBOOK!” (Now available in Montreal at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly).
Photos: KIRBY

KFB NEWS MARCH 18

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ANNOUNCEMENT: KFB SET TO LAUNCH NEW ANNUAL—NOT YOUR BEST —PREMIERE ISSUE GUEST EDITED BY ERIC SCHMALTZ

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been selected as Guest Editor for the first installation of Not Your Best, an annual magazine published by knife|fork|book (Toronto). Intended as a magazine that eschews the idea of “best,” I understand this first issue as an exploratory forum that will focus on the work of no more than 6 writers. What better way to eschew the idea of best than to appeal first to that oft-overlooked poetic mode that honours exploration, visual poetry? For this installment, I seek new work by writers and artists whose work is situated at the juncture of visual art and poetry, a point of intersection frequently referred to as visual poetry as well as concrete poetry, text-art, borderblur, asemic writing, extreme writing, and intermedia. I invite work that interrogates the relationship between language and visuality; that responds to an ocular-centric culture that increasingly privileges image- and video-based content; that explores communication outside the circumscription of logocentricism; that interrogates the idea of a “post-text future;” that expresses dis/contentedness with new media, visualization tools, design trends, or contemporary visual culture at large. 
KFB Publisher, Kirby and I intend to launch the first issue of Not Your Best in Winter 2019. If interested, please send 5-6 high-res examples of your work as .jpegs or a single .pdf along with a 100-word biographical snippet to schmaltzeric [at] gmail [dot] com by 11:59pm on 31 May 2018.
– ERIC SCHMALTZ
Eric Schmaltz is an artist, writer, & educator living in Toronto. Eric works across a variety of media including print, sound, performance, and video with work featured in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His writing has been published in Jacket2The Capilano Review, Poetry is Dead, Lemon Hound, and Open Letter, with forthcoming work in Arc Poetry Magazine. His first book of poetry and text-art is entitled Surfaces (Invisible, 2018). More at ericschmaltz.com.
Photo Credit: BARSIN AGHAJAN

JONATHAN GARFINKEL’S BOCIANY (STORKS) (knife fork book, 2017) SELECTED TO BE HONOURED AT THIS YEAR’S Gala de l’Académie de la vie littéraire SUNDAY MARCH 18TH at LA SALA ROSSA, MONTREAL 

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NEW JOHN STINTZI (THE MACHETE TOURIST) POEM, C?O?M?M?U?N?I?T?YFEATURED IN CURRENT ISSUE OF THE PURITAN.


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KIRBY SET TO READ (with CHRIS COLOHAN) at the OPENING of PERMANENT SLEEP PRESS BOOKSHOP, CAPITAL ESPRESSO 1349 QUEEN ST W THIS SATURDAY MARCH 10TH MUSIC by DON PYLE.


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KFB SPRING CHAPBOOK LAUNCH FRIDAY MARCH 23RD ROXANNA BENNETT UNSEEN GARDEN JOHN STINTZI THE MACHETE TOURIST LAUREN TURNER WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME and NEW KFB BROADSIDE from DALE SMITH SONS printed at CUNEIFORM PRESS.

“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.

Good friends

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kb: [my fantasy] Can I get the two of  you in a bathtub?

jg: Actually, Jeramy helped me caulk the tiles in my bathroom.

Fellow poets, good friends. JERAMY DODDS (DRAKKAR NOIR, Coach House Books, 2017) + JONATHAN GARFINKEL (BOCIANY STORKS, knife fork book, 2017) allow us to be ‘a fly on the wall’ in conversation about their relationship and work.

JERAMY DODDS + JONATHAN GARFINKEL IN CONVERSATION

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH 8PM SHARP

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Pictured here at Bruno’s Sports Bar, Montreal.