BARBOUR DI PLACIDO BERNIER-CORMIER

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KFB FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY 

Divided from, tucked into. / A part of the whole, / yet severed from the body // that gave her life. / The headless woman floats / in a Cartesian equation. — CAROL BARBOUR “Headless Woman” from Infrangible

Di Placido’s plumb line reaches for impossible depths, a sign of extraordinary resilience, artistic dream, and curiosity for the contradictory realities apposing our world now—Dale M. Smith, Author of Slow Poetry in America

Dominque, your debut will stay with me forever.—KIRBY, KFB BEST OF 2018

CAROL BARBOUR  SONIA DI PLACIDO DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER

FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH

knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
SONIA DI PLACIDO is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, The Writer’s Union of Canada, Canadian Women in The Literary Arts and The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. An Associate Editor of Juniper Poetry Magazine, she has had poems published by Carousel, Puritan, The White Wall Review, Jacket2, Canthius, The California Journal of Women Writers, and Juniper Poetry Magazine. In September 2016, she was part of the China Writers Association International Writer’s Residency for the cities of Tianjin, Binhai and Beijing. Sonia teaches English for Academic Purposes at George Brown College. Her first book Exaltation in Cadmium Red was published with Guernica Editions in 2012. Flesh is her second full-length book of poetry. Sonia’s current writing updates can be found on her website/blog: diplacido.wordpress.com
CAROL BARBOUR’s poems have been published by Canthius, Sein und Werden, The Ekphrastic Review, Transverse Journal, The Fiddlehead, and The Toronto Quarterly. A graduate of the University of Toronto (MA) and the Ontario College of Art (AOCA), Carol is a poet, visual artist, and art historian. She resides in Toronto.
DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER was born in Quebec and grew up in Moscow, Paris, and Beijing. His poems have been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, ARC’s Poem of the Year Contest, CV2’s Young Buck Award, and the Frog Hollow Press Chapbook Award. His poem, “Fabric,” won The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem in 2017. Correspondent is his first book.

FLATT SHARP

KFB FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY
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We get home
referring to some shitty moldy apartment
we take off our clothes
referring to the clearance rack at Goodwill
we lay down in our bed
unsexed and sexless
the ritual of getting ready took
too long for both of us
and after working
our collective seven jobs
filling out applications
obsessively checking our
credit card statements
shuffling money from
savings to checking and
back again we give up
the notion of fucking
and just sleep for a while

TRAVIS SHARP “Part Five: Romance in late capitalism” from Sinister Queer Agenda (above/ground press, 2018)

The communication of experiences in which barriers are broken is one of poetry’s most crucial roles for me. MICHAEL FLATT

MICHAEL FLATT TRAVIS SHARP

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH

knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
MICHAEL FLATT is a PhD candidate in the SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program. He’s the author of Absent Receiver (Springgun, 2013) and with Derrick Mund, Chlorosis (The Operating System, 2018). He was named by J. Michael Martinez to the Poetry Society of America’s list of New American Poets in 2013, and he edits Low Frequency Press, which publishes book-like objects of marginal aesthetics. 
TRAVIS SHARP grew up in rural Alabama and now lives in Buffalo, NY. His first chapbook, Sinister Queer Agenda, came out in July 2018 with above/ground press. He’s a PhD student in the SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program and teaches youth writing workshops at the Just Buffalo Literary Center.
READ KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI’S KFB REVIEW of MICHAEL FLATT & DERRICK MUND’s CHLOROSIS (The Operating System, 2018) HERE.

Wicked fun

lynn crosbie

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You didn’t have to kill her for that phone.

To be privy to hear these two tag team as “Bonnie & Clyde” in their wicked new collaborative work, (not your fireside chat). ROBERT SIEK (WE GO SEASONAL) & LYNN CROSBIE last night.  knife | fork | book

DECEMBERFUL!

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Dear KFB’rs

I’m happy to say, this December is our biggest, most festive month ever at the shop!

Offerings from our new KFB Poetry Lab continue with Montreal-based poet JESSICA BEBENEK launching her newest k2tog (knit together) with a Knitting Circle Sat Dec 15th, followed by HOA NGUYEN celebrating the 40th Anniversary of BERNADETTE MAYER’s Midwinter Day with a writing workshop on the very same day, Sat Dec 22nd, both occuring in our salon space at the back of the shop.

The evening before, (FRI DEC 21st), we’ll be enjoying the Solstice at Kensington Market’s Festival of Lights, with a perfect bird’s eye view from our windows overlooking the festivities with live music and our famous CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE 5-8PM (you know she loves to play Santa)!

Our Signature KFBFRIDAYS include Brooklyn-based ROBERT SIEK’s Canadian Launch of WE GO SEASONAL (Sibling Rivalry Press) with the iconic LYNN CROSBIE NOV 30th. Also from New York MICHAEL FLATT and TRAVIS SHARP DEC 7th, and SONIA DI PLACIDO, CAROL BARBOUR, and DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER DEC 14th.

Our NEW IN STORE SERIES begins SAT DEC 1 with JULIA POLYCK-O’NEILL, RYAN FITZPATRICK AND CAROLINE SZPAK, SAT DEC 8TH MICHAEL NARDONE, SHIV KOTECHA | TIZIANA LA MELIA 3PM These very same two dates are double-billed with JONATHAN PAPPO & APRIL ALIERMO (DEC 1 7PM) and THE SOAP BOX PRESS LAUNCH (DEC 8TH 7PM).

and finally, our SHOP HOURS continue TUES-SAT 1-5:30PM

Don’t forget to wear festive socks!

Her festive self,
KIRBELA and everyone on the KFB TEAM 

This December. Our biggest month. Ever.  knife | fork | book 

Thanks to Shelley at TOWN

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