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NYB no 2

What do I mean by queer?* Resilient. Tenacious. Creative. Out there. Joyous. Playful. Catty. Fun. Non-conforming. Fleshy. SparklePony. Baton-twirling. Activist. Sick of rainbows. Pride. Butch. Kween. Friend of Dorothy. Pro-sexual. Unrankled. Big fan of pretty. Plays well in the dark. Reads. Can bend when willing. Loves Mom. Cher. Pink. Warriors. Dancers. Anything flamboyant. Flies in […]

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Fireflies + snowflakes

I always tell my students that a good poem is an act of discovery—and for that discovery to be emotionally and intellectually honest, then you need to surprise yourself, you need to live in that space of uncertainty—this is part of negative capability, part of duende, part of what Emily Jungmin Yoon describes as poetry’s […]

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Doubles

The music of thinking. The thinking of music. FRED WAH Music at the Heart of Thinking (Talonbooks) is a lifelong poem project that responds to readings in contemporary writing, art, and ideas from the past forty years. The text works through language as the true practice of thought, and improvisation as the tool that listens […]

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David

There is so much I can say about/in this poem—loss, memory, desire, grief, the struggle—every once in awhile, usually one in each collection, I come up with a good, signature “protest poem” my queer activist, liberationist intact. I place protest poem here in quotes, because they also tend to be elegies (a statement in and […]

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KFB SAL/ONline DEBUTS

and we’re back. Darlin’s, in the grand tradition of Stein, Matisse, and Capote, we’ve officially entered our “Salon Phase.” We couldn’t be more chuffed. And to debut with these stunning new ANSTRUTHER PRESS chapbooks, this line-up of poets, made it all the more. Thanks to all who joined SAMUEL STRATHMAN, SÍLE ENGLERT, AYAZ PIRANI, SHANE […]

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The table is set

The debut. The follow-up. The master. The host. ANANSI POETRY SPRING 2020 SHOWCASE 20 MAY 3PM Eastern IG LIVE @knifeforkbook

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KIRBY “BEDTIME POEMS”

19 |03 MARK STRAND The Buried Melancholy of the Poet from ALMOST INVISIBLE (Knopf, 2012) 20 |03 NORMA COLE Still Today from FATE NEWS (Omnidawn, 2018) 21|03 ROXANNA BENNETT Intake Questionnaire from UNMEANINGABLE (Gordon Hill Press, 2019) Take 2 22|03 CARL PHILLIPS Overheard, Under A Dark Enchantment from PALE COLORS IN A TALL FIELD (FSG, […]

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2ND COMING

COLOHAN | KIRBY 8PM KFB | AYP

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SATURDAY MASSES

11AM-6PM MIDNIGHT MASS POP-UP BOOKSALE KILLER. FINDS. GALORE. 8PM MASS CHRIS COLOHAN + KIRBY THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF PERMANENT SLEEP PRESS 2ND PRINTING BASH KNIFE FORK BOOK at ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE 180 SHAW STREET MEZZANINE LEVEL

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“It Doesn’t Get Any Better.”

“I’m old / and I’m bitter / and I’m going / to tell you / what / I think,” To read JOHN GIORNO, hear him read, the scope of their poetic vision, his aesthetics regarding space, home, place, the pure pleasure of his poems sputtering, erupting, splattering, his entire body percussive, his voice a salve […]