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MORSE TALON

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Light of my life, remember / that warm February morning / that charming carcass / on the cracked ice

k | f | b FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY

GARRY THOMAS MORSE SAFETY SAND (Talonbooks) TORONTO LAUNCH

with special guest poet

SONIA DI PLACIDO

FRIDAY JANUARY 26TH

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish  Wear socks (we’re shoeless).

[click on poet’s names/links for bios]

On dating

 

RUTH ROACH PIERSON


 

My Late Night Date with an MRI Machine 

 

I’m lying on my back
in a space like the interior
of a grounded submarine
or the stomach of a giant
metallic nematode, my ears,
though plugged and muffed,
unable to escape the steady
blasts of sound like the gravelly
throbbing gristle of an orchestra’s
brass section tunelessly
growling in a low register.
 
I find it difficult to take
my mind off this sonic assault,
though I try by composing
competing songs in my head
or letting my thoughts drift
back to the days at the end
of my parents’ lives, the pleasure
they could take in the slightest
event, like my father catching
between the hills outside Issaquah
a momentary glimpse of Mount
Rainier in all her majesty.
 
But my thoughts keep returning
to that time when I’m walking
with my Mother down a Seattle street,
and she asks if I couldn’t slow down,
then feels ashamed, remembering
how annoyed she used to get
with my grandma, her mother-in-law,
who, in her black leather lace-up shoes,
always walked with an unhurried pace.

 


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RUTH ROACH PIERSON’s latest, TILL I CAUGHT MYSELF (Seraphim Editions, 2017) now available at knife | fork | book
My Late Night Date With an MRI Machine. RUTH ROACH PIERSON c. 2017 Reprinted here with permission by the poet.
Photo: KIRBY

S I N A

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I am no lady. I will rise and rise again out of the burning air. You can eat my genius,
rare.

k | f | b  FRIDAYS | SPECIAL EVENT

SINA QUEYRAS

FRIDAY DECEMBER 29TH

knife | fork | book at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Bakery)

Doors 7:30 Poetry 8-ish
k | f | b  2017-18 Subscription Series December Selection: SINA QUEYRAS MY ARIEL (Coach House Books, 2017)
SINA QUEYRAS is the author of the poetry collections, MxTExpressway, Lemon Hound and My Ariel. Her work has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and won The Friends of Poetry Award from Poetry Magazine, The AM Klein Award for Poetry, a Lambda, the Pat Lowther Award, a Pushcart Prize and Gold in the National Magazine Award. Her first novel, Autobiography of Childhood was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is founding editor of Lemon Hound. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.

‘there is only bliss’

pitch lake

k | f | b recommends

ANDRE BAGOO PITCH LAKE

Peepal Tree Press, 2017.
ANDRE BAGOO is a Trinidadian poet and writer. He is the author of Trick Vessels (Shearsman Books, 2012) and BURN (Shearsman Books, 2015) which was longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. His poetry has appeared at journals such as Almost IslandBoston ReviewCaribbean Review of BooksDraconian SwitchSt Petersburg ReviewThe Poetry Review and elsewhere. Pitch Lake is his third book.