NEW SEASON #KFBFRIDAYS

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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.

The beauty of the book

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KFB FRIDAYS | OCT 5TH

KAREN SCHINDLER’s Baseline Press makes very (very) pretty chapbooks of exceptionally fine poets, with such attention to details we greatly admire and aspire to.

This year is no exception.

KFB is thrilled to host the TORONTO LAUNCH of these beauties to mark our 2nd Anniversary along with our own new release, KATE SUTHERLAND’s Beasts of the Sea

Come. Celebrate.

LAMEES AL ETHARI From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris SHELLY HARDER Remnants AMANDA JERNIGAN The Temple SANDRA RIDLEY Quell (and ANNE-MARIE TURZA Slip Minute, not in attendance)

and KATE SUTHERLAND Beasts of the Sea

FRIDAY

OCTOBER 5TH

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.

“Explode some powder, light a fuse”

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Every moment we expected destruction
Waves pounded our vessel like cannonballs
We could hear the wind rush
as if through a narrow passage, terrible
whistling. We lay buried among the waves, could not
see a fathom out into the ocean through hail and rain
No one could lie down sit up or stand
Nobody was able to remain at his post
We could not cook, had nothing to eat
but half-burnt biscuits. Half our crew
lay sick and weak, the other half maddened
from the motion of sea and ship. All courage
was exhausted. We were drifting
whither the raging heavens willed to send us

KATE SUTHERLAND   BEASTS OF THE SEA

OCTOBER 5TH
LAUNCH
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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.

KATE SUTHERLAND is the author of two books of short stories (Summer Reading and All In Together Girls) and a collection of poems (How to Draw a Rhinoceros). Summer Reading won a Saskatchewan Book Award, and How to Draw a Rhinoceros was shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry and Best American Experimental Writing. She is currently at work on a new collection of poems on the theme of extinction.

PREORDER KATE SUTHERLAND’s BEASTS OF THE SEA (signed by the author) at shopKFB

 

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The rainy days of the mind

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RAIN SONGS DUSTY NEAL

Permanent Sleep Press, 2018

First edition
6 x 9
94 pages
Velvet finish
Perfect bound
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In case you’ve been out of touch with the independent book scene in Toronto, last March, Parkdale gave us a new little gem of a bookstore. Permanent Sleep Bookshop now occupies a cozy corner of Capital Espresso (1349 Queen St. W) where the recent publications of Permanent Sleep Press are on sale among others.

Though I had never heard of Permanent Sleep Press prior to my visit, I naturally gravitated towards their raw yet hearty publications with minimalist design. I had not read a full-length poetry collection in a while, so I picked Dusty Neal’s Rain Songs off the shelves and spent the next few days with it. As luck would have it, I got trapped inside a pub because of the apocalyptic downpour, so I took the rainfall as a sign and picked up the book to spend time with what Dusty Neal describes as “The Rainy days of the mind”.

The poems vary in length, style and content, from minimalistic and anti-poetic to longer, metered verses, but as a collection it held my attention from start to finish. Having recently disposed of the majority of my possessions, a couple lines struck me harder than the rest:

“With the possessions you own
Do you know yourself more or less?”

It is in our Rainy Days that our possessions grow eyes, stare back at us begrudgingly, measuring our self-worth, Fleeting Rain that forces us to look inside for once, to realize how Canadian Rain is a metaphor for fleeting summers that flash by just to leave us in the cold arms of winter once again.

“Each warm week
Burns by quicker”

As the author mentions in the closing page of the book itself, we long for structure. The book weaves stories of Urban chaos, of masochism, death and boredom to the lonely hours of yearning for structure in the face of once-loved ones.

“The world was supposed to end in the year 2000
Jaded teens, 17 years old, we scoffed and welcomed it
But we knew it couldn’t possibly be reality
Our generation wasn’t lucky enough to watch the world burn”

We feel impotent faced with our inadequacies, faced with the profound sadness that comes with the acceptance of impermanence.

“do you still fail to see
All that is lost despite what you gain?”

We struggle with our daily lives, fitting into neat little boxes, “modeling ourselves into organized, well-wrapped presents” and in the process of doing so, we lose sight of all that was once precious.

This book made me nostalgic towards all that was once precious to me, it made me rethink my current relationship with the world around me, made me dig into the boredom of my day-to-day life for precious moments that I’ll one day yearn for. It’s a book with a lot of heart and sincerity, a no-bullshit approach to Canadian life that’ll tug at your heart strings with finesse and brevity.

When I finish the book, the downpour has ceased outside. I take my leave and spend the day ruminating, letting Dusty Neal’s Rain Songs play over and over in my mind. – Khashayar Mohammadi

HEAR DUSTY NEAL’S Workin’Nights Mix to accompany Rain Songs here. 

KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI is an Iranian-born writer/translator based in Toronto, currently an editor at Inspiritus Press. Their most recent publication is Moe’s Skin (Zed Press, 2018). Dear Kestrel is being published by knife | fork | book Spring 2019.

Still

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STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL, the debut full-length poetry collection of Stanford Cheung, is an imperative to recall and forge an internal landscape bound by kites, transmission towers, and the shifting sky — where seemingly unrelated subjects become the very acts of narrative and perception.

KFB FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY

STANFORD CHEUNG STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL (Akinoga Press) LAUNCH w/ JC BOUCHARD LET THIS BE THE END OF ME (Hybrid Heaven)

FRIDAY AUGUST 10th

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.
STANFORD CHUENG is a poet and musician from Toronto. He is the author of the chapbooks Comfort of Malice (Inspiritus, 2018), Kite Extension (Words(on)Pages, 2017), and Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016).  Structures from the Still is his first book. He resides in Montreal.   
JC BOUCHARD’s collection of poetry and photographs, Let This Be The End Of Me, was published by Hybrid Heaven Press in spring 2018. His poetry is forthcoming in CAROUSEL and has appeared in carte blanche, PRISM international, Arc, The Puritan, and more. He lives in Toronto.

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