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I know there’s nothing special about me
being here; I see the same things as all
the others, exclaim the same compliments.
But here in a warm wood-panelled bar, I’ll pound
my hand on the table, press my shirt to my chest,
and declare, solemnly and without irony,
that I too could live here.

 

JULIE CAMERON GRAY, from Thoughts of a Drunken Tourist at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery (Taddle Creek)

 

“what if I wrote lines that took nothing / but the shape of my thoughts?”

 

NYLA MATUK from Stranger
THIS WEEK | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

JULIE CAMERON GRAY + NYLA MATUK

MARCH 30TH

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
Julie Cameron Gray is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She is the author of Tangle (Tightrope Books, 2013), and has previously published in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Carousel, and in Best Canadian Poetry 2011 (Tightrope Books, 2011), and her second book of poetry, Lady Crawford, is out now from Palimpsest Press..
Nyla Matuk is the author of two books of poetry. Sumptuary Laws (2012) was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for a best first book of poetry in Canada, and Stranger was released in October 2016. Sumptuary Laws was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012 and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books. Matuk received a Yaddo fellowship in 2014 and held the 2015 Reynolds Atelier Visiting Artist at McGill University. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, PN Review, The Literateur, The Walrus, Prelude, and the New Poetries VI  anthology published by Carcanet Press in 2015.

Filling

THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

I was down 2 quarts. Now I am full. A thoroughly gratifying evening of poetry/reading with STEVE MEAGHER and STUART ROSS last night at knife | fork | book

UP NEXT at KFB: March 26th ERIN MOURE  CHUS PATO Secession / Insecession TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH (NOTE: Sunday 3-5PM). March 30th  JULIE CAMERON GRAY | NYLA MATUKMarch 31st METATRON SHOWCASE. APRIL 1ST  VALLUM CHAPBOOK SHOWCASEApril 6th MIKE LALA | ELIANNA LEV | ERIC SCHMALTZApril 11th  MOLLY PEACOCK | PATRICIA YOUNG | NOAH WARENESSApril 13th THE INCONVENIENTSApril 20th WORDS (ON) PAGESApril 21st  ULRIKKA GERNES | CASSIDY McFADZEANApril 27th CAConrad | Jeff KIRBYApril 28th & 29th | CAConradWorkshops: New Moon (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals 
Photos: KIRBY

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I’M NOT KNOWN FOR MY DISCRETION

(Thankfully.)

ELIANNA LEV Sex Made Me

UPDATE: SEE/HEAR ELIANNA LEV with MIKE LALA and ERIC SCHMALTZ APRIL 6TH THURSDAY NIGHT POETS at KFB 

#FindItHere  knife | fork | book

“Tonight, like no other…”

 

Stew, my paddling companion, coughs, says:
“I didn’t think I’d miss the insects
as much as the potable water,
the blue sky, green.”*
A breeze makes me glad to be in my body.**

 

THURSDAY NIGHT POETS

AARON KREUTER
Arguments for Lawn Chairs

JIM NASON
Touch Anywhere to Begin

FEBRUARY 2ND

Doors 6:30PM  Poetry 7-ish

knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market

Aaron Kreuter is a writer of fiction and poetry. His first collection of poetry, Arguments For Lawn Chairs, is out now from Guernica Editions. You and Me, Belonging, a collection of short fiction, is forthcoming from Tightrope Books.
Jim Nason is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently, Music Garden.  He has also published two novels, The Housekeeping Journals and I Thought I Would Be Happy, as well as a collection of short fiction, The Girl on the Escalator.  His award-winning poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2010, and 2014.  He has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories.  Jim was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, and Syracuse.  He has degrees from York, Ryerson, and McGill Universities and presently lives in Toronto where he writes and teaches.  He is the owner and publisher of Tightrope Books.
Photos: KIRBY
*AARON KRUETER from Paddling the Nickel Tailings Near Sudbury **JIM NASON Touch Anywhere to Begin p.75

 

 

“between a protest and prayer”

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The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”

JAMES BALDWIN The Creative Process

On Friday night,

while the U.S. is inaugurating a new president, and with many feeling that the simple fact of their body or their faith imperils them, a small group will gather to voice something between a protest and prayer. Join us at Knife Fork Book at Rick’s Cafe in Kensington (281 August Ave), 7-9 pm, for a full-length reading of “Operations.” It will likely take about two hours to read all of the names of war from 1945 to 2006, with different guest readers reading each year. Dionne Brand will read 1983. Tasleem Thawar from PEN Canada will read 1951. Liz Howard will read the names in 2004. But there will also be a few readers who won’t physically be in the space. Johanna Skibsrud will read the Vietnam heavy 1967 from Tuscon, Arizona. Erin Wunker will read 1955 from Halifax. Eduardo C. Corral will read 1969 from Raleigh, North Carolina. Monique Truong will read 1957 from Brooklyn. These readers will voice their year where they happen to be, without streaming or phoning in, and their portion will be “heard” in the cafe as an appropriately lengthed silence.
The full list of readers will be posted in the next day or two, but thank you to those who are taking part, and to Kirby at Knife Fork Book who approached me/BookThug with this idea. This is durational, so if you’d like to come, you don’t have to stay for the full reading. Also, if you’d like to read a year, you can show up and ask one of us or backchannel me.
One of my favourite pieces I’ve read recently is James Baldwin’s The Creative Process. One line, in particular, stayed with me because of its balance of humility and idealism: “The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.” MOEZ SURANI 
Photo: JAMES BALDWIN (source unknown)