Happy birthday, Doris

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thank you

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.



Our response

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One of my favourite shops in the city is closing. Good Egg, delightful purveyor of fine books and all things cookery, riveting storefront window displays, for many a must stop destination, directly across the street from us, in Kensington Market. Their lease was up. Word is the landlord/s asking for $35,000 more a year. So long, Good Egg.

So long, Elliots, Pages, The Cookbook Shop, Britnells, Nicholas Hoare, This Ain’t the Rosedale Library. The [glorious] Silver Rail.

“Why is the measure of love loss?”*

That’s Toronto.

knife | fork | book is not a monthly reading series, nor are we funded. We’re an upstart, bricks and mortar, poetry-only independent bookshop (the only one in Canada) entering our second year. The fact that we’re able to coexist in a second-floor shared artists space anywhere in Toronto is a miracle. 

It took our friends at Glad Day Books 25 years to land a street-level space (to some, not entirely accessible), not to mention they became a bar to do so.

KFB has a 5 to 10 year plan in the works to become a fully accessible not-for-profit housing cooperative for poets, including a storefront for the shop and a printing house. 

Meanwhile, we have held offsite readings upon request in [more] accessible venues and we’re looking into livestreaming our events (I know, it’s not the same).

We’re a poetry-only bookshop. Our fledgling business, at this time, is wondrously here. In this space. Small, with a mighty heart and vision.

How queer.

I’ve already stated our policy regarding social media, how we use it (and don’t use it).

Here, I’d like to fill in a bit more.

Upon graduating from university, my first job was to create a performance and movement arts company with severely disabled artists, many who came into their own voice, moving from dependent to independent living as a result. In 5 years I worked myself out of that job with the artists themselves continuing to direct the project.

I then entered an international program (housed at U of T) learning a modality that would increase my own mobilty and the mobility of those I’ve worked with (the Feldenkrais Method) which is what brought me to Canada. My first employment here was as an attendent assisting those with spinal cord injuries living in independent housing.

Soon after, I established a bodywork practice opening a business called MindBody Resources, again focused on breaking any barriers to physical mobility and choice. During this period, two-thirds of my clients became physically disabled with AIDS/HIV, and we established The Nourish Project meeting weekly in each other’s homes, preparing nutritious meals together for the week, washing each other’s hair, sharing current treatment information, fighting, attending memorials, shopping and delivering for each other, choosing love and intimacy over isolation.

It’s amazing what many of us have lived through. Continue to live through. Such odds.

It’s a courageous choice/act to continue. I bow.

I have been called many things. Go ahead, toss epithets at me #ableprivileged #whitegay #canlit

Yes, I am. White. Gay. Privileged. Approaching 60. Fortunate. Still here.

I am also radical, queer, poet, fairy, faggot, warrior, princess.

“Unprincipled?” “Indecent?,” (well, she’s been called that, too).

No excuses. No exemptions. Cast your stone.

*Jeanette Winterson Written on the Body




The joy of one’s passion and talents being fully utilized (and acknowledged). At your service. knife | fork | book

Special thanks to PIV/PLV, the poets, publishers, volunteers, visionaries, and to all who attended the multitude of events, here and abroad, during National Poetry Month.

“One of the top must-read venues for poets.”


Here’s the real ‘deal.’ We’re a poetry-only bookshop with one of the most vibrant reading schedules on the face of the earth. In Toronto. You can’t get that online. We’re worth the actual retail cost of a book. And a little more.

…now known as an angelic upstart from coast to coast in Canada…knife | fork | book is literally teeming with local, national and international poetry titles…and has blossomed into one of the top must-read venues for poets. – NATHANIEL G. MOORE, Verbicide Magazine

You’re here

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This afternoon. Poets. Friends. Alice Burdick. Kirby. Laughter. Joy.  knife | fork | book

Photos: KIRBY

She’s got legs

A lovely thing to wake up to. Thanks Aaron. – Kirby

DORIS is now in her 4th printing, preparing to hit the road starting TUESDAY MAY 1ST in Brooklyn at SPOONBILL with fellow k | f | b poet JONATHAN GARFINKEL and dates in Oakville (June 10th) Hamilton, Detroit, Toledo, + more TBA. Booking inquiries ATTN: DORIS knifeforkbook@gmail.com More info jeffkirby.ca