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JIM JOHNSTONE. JAMES LINDSAY. JOHN NYMAN. JIMMY MCINNES. New work and love poems. Last night.   knife | fork | book

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TONIGHT!

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ROXANNA BENNETT UNSEEN GARDEN KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY MONDAY JUNE 18TH WHITBY PUBLIC LIBRARY CENTRAL BRANCH DOORS 7PM FREE ALL ACCESS

ROXANNA BENNETT IS A DISABLED POET AND THE AUTHOR OF THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE  (TIGHTROPE BOOKS, 2014) AND UNSEEN GARDEN (KNIFE | FORK | BOOK, 2018). HER WORK HAS APPEARED IN BITCH MAGAZINE, SLICE MAGAZINE, THE DALHOUSIE REVIEW, EXISTERE, ARC, VALLUM, CV2, COSMONAUTS AVENUE, QWERTY, CARTE BLANCHE, AND MANY OTHER PUBLICATIONS. SHE LIVES IN ONTARIO, CANADA.
JEFF KIRBY POET. OWNER/PUBLISHER KNIFE | FORK | BOOK. EARLIER SIMPLE ENOUGH. COCK & SOUL. BOB’S BOY. THE WORLD IS FUCKED AND SOMETIMES BEAUTIFULA COCKSUCKER’S PRAYER (BANDCAMP). RECENT  SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (KNIFE | FORK | BOOK, 2017). MATRIX MAGAZINETHE RUSTY TOQUE ISSUE 13 (PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINEE), NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2018. UPCOMING THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF (PERMANENT SLEEP PRESS, SPRING 2019). WHITE CHRISTIAN DAZE.

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I like to think of JARED STANLEY’s Ears as a friendly rejoinder to Frank O’Hara’s “Personism,” a brilliant collegial corrective that places the poem not between two persons but just simply between, as open to the gritty wind off the Nevada desert as to the spy novels and hot wings of the anthropocene. Indeed, for Stanley, the poem is a form of listening to environs: an “open trick, composed of ears” whose signature magic is an enchantment that has an ethics, an enchantment that enacts “the mandate of inanimate friendship.” This book is an ecological manifesto, an unembarrassed declaration of dependence and love for the world, a kind of manual for turning toward animate and inanimate others with fierce and friendly attention. “I’m pretty sure I’m a sorcerer,” Stanley claims, and the necessary good work done by his poems’ wayward charms convinces me he’s right. Ears is magic we desperately need. — Brian Teare

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BEN MEYERSON’s Holcocene makes something beautiful and penetrating out of the genre of the post-human apocalypse, the wasteland domain of intelligent machines. The Greek of his title signifies a new era peopled by robots seeking the sea, as they seem compelled to do by programmed hints installed in them by their now-vanished human creators. As Meyerson’s lost machines muse, grieve, wonder, and seek to grasp their vanished maker, an elegy emerges that is perhaps a prophecy: “once we have learned the lambent scar / of what is human, I / will bear it up, then // take you and comfort you.” As in Karel Capek’s R.U.R., at the end of the human experiment of self-travesty and destruction, the I and the Thou and love have re-emerged, or persisted. These machines mysteriously become our voices, in which we survive beyond our errors. In them, despite our delusion that we are mechanisms, we live as song: the lovely, thoughtful, sorrowing, bewildered, courageous song that Meyerson creates in Holcocene.  — A. F. Moritz

 

JARED STANLEY

BEN MEYERSON

FRIDAY JUNE 1ST

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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.
JARED STANLEY‘s most recent book is EARS (Nightboat, 2017). Forthcoming projects include Ignore the Cries of Empty Stones and Your Flesh Will Break Out in Scavengers, an essay and artwork, Terma, a collaboration with the artist Sameer Farooq, and Bewildernessless, an artist’s book. He lives in Reno, Nevada.
BEN MEYERSON‘s latest chapbook is Holcocene (Kelsay Books, 2018) and In a Past Life (Alfred Gustav Press, 2016). His work has appeared in such journals as Epignosis Quarterly (via Black Herald Press), Rust+Moth, Axolotl, and The Inflectionist Review, among others. He is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Minnesota.

Big love

Jessica Joy Hiemstra

Shannon Bramer

Ben Gallagher

James Lindsay

Noah Wareness

Khashayar Mohammadi

Ally Fleming

Kate Sutherland

Jacob McArthur Mooney

Conor McDonnell

Fan Wu

David Seymour

A. Light Zachary

Torben Robertson

Doyali Islam

Ben Meyerson

A. F. Moritz

Host: Kirby

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“The Sparrow is more than a selected poems; it is also a single vast poem, in which the individual pieces can be read as facets of an ever-moving whole. This is the world of A. F. Moritz ― a unique combination of lyrical fire and meditative depth, and an imaginative renewal of style and never-ending discovery of form.”
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A. F. MORITZ has been called “one of the best poets of his generation” by John Hollander and “a true poet” by Harold Bloom, who ranks him alongside Anne Carson. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours throughout North America, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Beth Hokin Prize, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

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BIG AL’S LOVEFEST

Poets read A. F. MORITZ to Moritz in celebration of their new selected work, THE SPARROW (Anansi Poetry).

FRIDAY MAY 25TH

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.