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“Does anyone have a charger?”

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“The curve of the sentence.”

KFB | REVIEW SINISTER QUEER AGENDA TRAVIS SHARP ABOVE/GROUND, 2018.     I dream so much f body I run out of small strips of paper In a way I feel like I’ve known Travis Sharp for years. I ingest his new chapbook Sinister Queer Agenda and I sense a deep connection to his words, […]

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“what a morning [!]”

What pulls She’s Having A Doris Day together is the sense of honesty about it all, the openness of voice and experience that weaves itself through the eight poems. What Kirby does with their work is important. The poems speak of how a search for personal identity is often fraught with challenges, but is just […]

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“Splintered adjective, splintered light, splintered angel”

KFB | REVIEW AN ABSENCE SO GREAT AND SPONTANEOUS IT IS EVIDENCE OF LIGHT  ANNE GORRICK The Operating System, 2018     Raking knife|fork|book’s shelves for some experimental poetry I came across this little gem by Brooklyn’s The Operating System. I knew the moment I read the title, An Absence So Great and Spontaneous It Is Evidence of […]

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“the New Organic”

KFB REVIEW CHLOROSIS  MICHAEL FLATT and DERRICK MUND The Operating System, 2018   I can’t say I’m well acquainted with the independent literary scene outside Canada, but over the past few years, a small press from Brooklyn really stood out for me. The Operating System has managed to wow me over and over again with a […]

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“Without him, am I inside or Out?”

KFB REVIEW INSIDE|OUT  JOSEPH OSMUNDSON Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018   I open Inside/Out and immediately I’m greeted with a rustic depiction of Boyhood; “Boys” getting dirty, “Boys” in school who allowed for a gaze to linger, “Boys” one could do homework with and laugh and “Boys” who eventually grew up to be mean. “Boys” where […]

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The rainy days of the mind

KFB REVIEW RAIN SONGS DUSTY NEAL Permanent Sleep Press, 2018 First edition 6 x 9 94 pages Velvet finish Perfect bound /200 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 […]

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“the storks have arrived”

JONATHAN GARFINKEL@_jgarfy award-winning BOCIANY (STORKS) ON SALE ONLINE IN STORE k | f | b #allpoetry #allday #allthetime #bookshop #toronto — knifeforkbook (@knifeforkbook) July 30, 2018 “This chapbook is so bright that lights shines out from the covers when you open it up.” – MICHAEL DENNIS, TODAY’S BOOK OF POETRY

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View this post on Instagram February read 11/15, 22/25 (of an intended 50) in my #offtheshelf queue, and 24/29 in my #readin2018 queue: @newportmanteau – Call Out. Gifted to me by publisher @itsakirby, whose recommendations I treasure (and hope to seek out again soon). Close-up of #poetry shelf 2 (At to Go). These next reviews […]