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.

OTTAWA TONIGHT

MONTREAL

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We love you.  knife | fork | book

PICTURED: k | f | b MONTREAL 2017 FALL CHAPBOOK LAUNCH featuring DAVID BRADFORD CALL OUT ELIANNA LEV SEX MADE ME DALE SMITH SONS LAUREN TURNER WE’RE NOT GONG TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME Hosted by KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY at MONASTIRAKI (Thanks BILLY MAVREAS) and the vibrant writer’s community in Montreal for celebrating with us.
Photos: KIRBY

 

“It just makes me happy!”

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September read 3/16, and 87/103 in my #readin2017 queue: Jonathan Garfinkel – Bociany (Storks). Purchased during the @knifeforkbook customer appreciation sale! Close-up of #poetry shelf 2 (Bi to La). Also of note: this is the fifth consecutive read/review featuring writers with a first name beginning with "J!" Not at all intentional, but pretty neat, right? This is the second @knifeforkbook chapbook I've read so far (and the fact that there are delicious fall releases I have yet to pick up is ITCHING my BRAIN, but that's beside the point), and I have to say, I really enjoy the way "Bociany (Storks)" presents a complementary aesthetic to @itsakirby's "She's Having A Doris Day." It just makes me happy! Shoutout to @itsakirby for the cover, and Norman Nemetallah for the book design, which is lovely overall. And now a few notes on the text! These poems were startling and engrossing; rich with scene and image and story and violence. The titular poem had me seeking out the referenced artist and artwork – a rewarding exercise itself! – and left me quietly amazed by its shifting execution. Possibly my favourite in the book? But I've marked too many to be able to say for sure. #books #rasiqrasreviews #jonathangarfinkel #bocianystorks #toronto #knifeforkbook #booklove #personallibrary #shelfie #augustreads #literarylatergram #inspiration #amwriting #research #fuckyeah #luvyourlife #shelflife #readallthebooks #customerappreciationsale #canadianpoetry #shoplocal #chapbook #rasiqrarecommends #bookdesign #jeffkirby #normannehmetallah #jozefchelmonski

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Us, too! Thanks, Rasiqra. *kisses*  knife | fork | book

JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) First Printing SOLD OUT. Available soon as an e-book at k | f | b  shop. JEFF KIRBY SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY has legs. Find her, along with our latest chapbooks, online and at the shop.

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SUBSCRIBE to KFB’s 2017/18 Chapbook Series and receive a FREE COPY of Blusty and Poodle’s Pick, KIRBY’s SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY.