One of several delightful encounters this year, ANDREW MCEWAN’S If Pressed (BookThug, 2017) More Kirby’s Picks for 2017 out next week. knife | fork | book
Pictured: An excerpt from the poem, ‘Review’ in ANDREW MCEWAN’s If Pressed (BookThug, 2017)

Tidal wave

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Toronto. Kensington Market. Saturday night. Not a bar. No liquor sales. Full house. 7:30PM Lights dim. Poetry.
Pink perfect.
Four fresh powerhouses. PAMELA DUNGAO. MIGUEL LEANDRO GAMBOA. TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUK. And the poet in pink ballcap and pleather.
Last night’s Toronto launch of THE TIDE (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2017), JAKE BYRNE is deserving of every accolade tossed his way, and more. It’s rare to witness the ‘beginnings’ of a major new talent. Such brilliance, such direct flame. Bearing awe.
I was asked earlier this week, “Why am I doing [any of] this?” and, of the numerous reasons, I used to have to travel (at times still do) for nights like these. Now, here.
Thanks poets, friends, family, lovers of poets/poetry. The entire evening, magic. I will never forget.
Photos: KIRBY





I am no lady. I will rise and rise again out of the burning air. You can eat my genius,




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

Doors 7:30 Poetry 8-ish
k | f | b  2017-18 Subscription Series December Selection: SINA QUEYRAS MY ARIEL (Coach House Books, 2017)
SINA QUEYRAS is the author of the poetry collections, MxTExpressway, Lemon Hound and My Ariel. Her work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, the Pat Lowther Award, a Pushcart Prize and Gold in the National Magazine Award. Her first novel, Autobiography of Childhood was nominated for the First Novel Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is founding editor of Lemon Hound. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.

The night, she just got bigger

JUDITH GOLDMAN is the author of agon (The Operating System, 2017), Vocoder (Roof, 2001), DeathStar/rico-chet (O Books, 2006), and l.b.; or, catenaries (Krupskaya, 2011). She teaches in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo, focusing on contemporary North American poetry and poetics, ecological studies, biopolitics, affect theory, and media theory. Alongside agon, she is at work on ______ Mt. [blank mount], a project that writes through Shelley’s “Mont Blanc” in the context of past futures and future histories of ecological catastrophe.