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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

Unwrapped

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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