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Every once in a while, an event occurs that brings home simply, fully, exactly what it is you have set out to do, seeing it fully realized in an evening, unexpected, unforgettable. The launch of STANFORD CHEUNG‘s full-length debut, STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL (Akinoga Press, Baltimore) with JC BOUCHARD (Let This Be the End of Me. Hybrid Heaven, Montreal) was such a night. Thank you, poets.  knife | fork | book

 

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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.

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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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CONGRATS to William and Nicole, words (on) pages, Spring 2017 Chapbook Launch with new work by STANFORD CHEUNG Kite Extension, LINDSAY CAHILL BORG EMOJI: robot sleep studies, and rob mclennan Cervante’s bones (with special thanks to AARON TUCKER, standing in for rob.)

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“A poet is plunderphonics.”

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A poet is plunderphonics. Living in the surreal but grasping the environment by the neck to what exists. Then it’s translated to words and redefined universally. A poet is not just a stagnant identity itself, nor is it a made identity. Anyone can be a poet as long as one holds firm to expressing themselves. I feel there is no label.

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Just as it is impossible to perform tasks such as making a shirt without a seam as stated in the ballad, the process of bringing the poet’s thoughts in unison with the poem can be, if not, just as impossible as the tasks stated in “Scarborough Fair”. My playing with the consciousness of the poem is the key feature of this collection. It often starts out with a rant of mine and like a seed sown beneath the soil, it will continue to grow and as it grows, I begin to manipulate the formation of words, the rhythm and musicality of the idea in which the play on of living words brings my naked poem into life. It’s almost like the phenomena of playing with fire.

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Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016)

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10TH

knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market

Doors open 6:30PM | Reading 7PM
Stanford Cheung is a poet and musician from Toronto. He is the author of 2 chapbooks most recently “Any Seam or Needlework” published by The Operating System (2016) as part of their Of Sound::Mind Series. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his work appears in Ricepaper, Nomadic Journal, X-Peri Magazine, Zoomoozophone Review and elsewhere. A winner of numerous international piano competitions, he has performed throughout the US, Canada, and Asia at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Living Arts Centre with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and everything in between. Presently, he studies at University of Toronto.