There are many reasons we are celebrating dear friend of the shop A. F. MORITZ this Friday evening. First and foremost, his poetry and the recent launch of his beautifully compiled selected, THE SPARROW (Anansi Poetry).
But there’s another reason it’s a “lovefest.” Al’s geniune enthusiasm, support, commitment, and love for his students and colleagues, fellow poets, he encourages, holds dear.
One recent example is when I flipped over DARREN BIFFORD’s new collection (Brick Books) to see/read Moritz’s careful, thoughtful, generous reading of the work. I had asked Darren about this and he said [to Al] “Keep writing, i might learn something.”
– Kirby, knife | fork | book
“how gentle is your friend
Vespers. Devotional. Breathtakingly sparse. Elegant. Wondrous. Moving. Rare. – Kirby
AMANDA JERNIGAN YEARS, MONTHS, AND DAYS (Biblioasis)
Now in store. knife | fork | book
Jessica Joy Hiemstra
Jacob McArthur Mooney
A. Light Zachary
A. F. Moritz
“The Sparrow is more than a selected poems; it is also a single vast poem, in which the individual pieces can be read as facets of an ever-moving whole. This is the world of A. F. Moritz ― a unique combination of lyrical fire and meditative depth, and an imaginative renewal of style and never-ending discovery of form.”
A. F. MORITZ has been called “one of the best poets of his generation” by John Hollander and “a true poet” by Harold Bloom, who ranks him alongside Anne Carson. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours throughout North America, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Beth Hokin Prize, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Poets read A. F. MORITZ to Moritz in celebration of their new selected work, THE SPARROW (Anansi Poetry).
FRIDAY MAY 25TH
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.
You may have noticed we’ve taken a little breather these past two Fridays. That’s about to change…