She’s gotta pivot

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“IN [KIRBY’S] SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY, THERE ARE JUXTAPOSITIONS BETWEEN WHITE MIDDLE CLASS POLITESSE AND WHAT’S HIDDEN BENEATH THE SURFACE, SUCH AS COCKROACHES IN “WHITE SALE”, A PRISTINE BED THAT IS NEVER USED FOR SEX. I LIKE THE WAY GENDER IS HANDLED IN AN ALMOST CASUAL WAY IN THIS POEM. IN “ADAM’S FEET” WE HAVE THE IMAGE OF FRAGILITY AND VOLATILITY: LILIES IN A GLASS VASE IN A CHURCH AT THE FUNERAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE FLORIDA SHOOTING AND WANTING TO KISS THE FEET OF A STRAIGHT MAN WHO WOULD KILL THE SPEAKER IF HE KNEW. THESE JUXTAPOSITIONS BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE, APPEARANCES AND REALITY CREATE POWERFUL POEMS…SO FUCKING IRREVERENT, JOYOUS AND SAD ALL AT THE SAME TIME.” – AMANDA EARL, KIKI

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“THESE ARE POEMS THAT PROCLAIM A VICTORY THROUGH PERSEVERANCE, SURVIVAL AND A REFUSAL TO NOT EXIST LOUDLY AND JOYOUSLY…” @ROBMCLENNANBLOG

THIS WEDNESDAY

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PIVOT. FEB 7. KIRBY, MAH, SHELSTAD. TIKI ROOM. TRANZAC CLUB. 8PM

KIRBY’s newest is She’s Having a Doris Day (Knife From Book, 2017). Earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, and The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful. Their work appears in numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q, and most recently online at The Rusty Toque (nominated for The Pushcart Prize), Matrix Magazine and bandcamp. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book.

Atremble

your inane orators and their rhetoric / that flows with the blood of others / beyond our frigid roads and rivers / your bedraggled buffoons who speak truth / Beings the colours of butterflies / slurping up the disturbing sweat / and elbow grease of my alchemy / extracting the quintessence of everything / Yes, I have made the most of your muck

Riveting. Passionate. Unforgettable. Poets SONIA DI PLACIDO and GARRY THOMAS MORSE enrapt a full house at the Toronto launch of Morse’s latest, SAFETY SAND (Talonbooks, 2017). knife | fork | book

Photos: KIRBY
Above: GARRY THOMAS MORSE, Safety Sand p.21

GTMF

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]

A whirlwind

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“Kirby, would you come in January?”*

Okay, she fell in love with this place. A warm, welcoming evening at TREE READING SERIES (Ottawa) with PEARL PIRIE hosting a full house at BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS & ESPRESSO BAR (a haven) with featured poets MARGO LAPIERRE  (Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes, Guernica Editions, 2017) & KIRBY (She’s Having a Doris Day, knife | fork | book, 2017) along with STUART ROSSCHRISTINE MCNAIR, CHRIS JOHNSON, MICHAEL DENNIS, NINA JANE, STEPHEN BROCKWELL, to name but a few, and a wonderful sit-down interview with AMANDA EARL for THE SMALL MACHINE TALKS (sadly minus a.m. kozak) over a pint and truffle fries at Patty’s Pub.
Photos: PEARL PIRIE. KIRBY.
* “Pearl, anytime.”