KIRBY "THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF"
Beneath the laundry list of bacchanal (mesmerizing to the most denied voyeur) TIWIGO serves as both a tender eulogy for a bygone Toronto (and Anywhere) and a remedy for a sexually terrified, polarized, loveless and re-repressed 2019, absolutely unprotected in word and deed. - CHRIS COLOHAN Negative Space
"She'd kill for a fresh bottle of poppers."
THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF
Permanent Sleep Press
Forward: LYNN CROSBIE
Cover photo: unknown
Layout: SCOTT WADE
KIRBY's previous chapbooks are Simple Enough, The World Is Fucked and Sometimes Beautiful, Cock & Soul, Bob's boy, and She's Having a Doris Day (knife fork book, 2017). They've appeared in The Rusty Toque, Matrix Magazine, Carousel, and numerous anthologies beginning with the letter Q. Kirby is the founder/publisher of knife | fork | book, Toronto.
KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI "DEAR KESTREL"
I keep writing my name on the cocktail napkin
my real name that is
the one that's hard to pronounce
the one that's been mythologized
the one being whispered behind my back
I've lost myself Kes
please come identify me from the lineup
KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI DEAR KESTREL
Design: Ralph Kolewe
KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI is an Iranian-born writer/translator based in Toronto. He is the host of knife | fork | book’s Chapbook Club and the author of the chapbooks ‘Moe’s Skin’ with ZED PRESS (2018) and ‘Poetry as Omission” forthcoming with Anstruther Press. His poems have also appeared in Poetry is Dead, Bad Nudes, Half a Grapefruit Magazine, Bad Dog Review and elsewhere across Turtle Island. He is currently working on a translation anthology of contemporary female Iranian poets.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER. OUT 3 MAY 2019.
KFB POETRY LAB PRESENTS: CATHERINE GRAHAM "THE SHORT POEM" WORKSHOP SATURDAY MAY 25TH
“Graham's poems are sparely worded but full of evocative images that vividly convey a wide range of emotion, from passion to grief.” —CBC Books
"Master of the short poem." - Kirby
Compression, image, metaphor, voice—there are many routes to the short poem. How does it accomplish so much in a little arena?
In this workshop we’ll explore the elements behind the short poem. Through examples, exercises, discussion and reflection, we’ll explore the landscape of the small. The opportunity to read your drafts will be part of the process.
This workshop is suitable for all levels—from beginner to advanced.
Tuition guarantees your seat. Spaces limited. Register TODAY.
THE SHORT POEM
Saturday May 25th
k | f | b
244 Augusta Ave 2nd Floor (above Bunners)
WORKSHOP FEE $95
CATHERINE GRAHAM is a Toronto-based novelist and poet. Her sixth poetry collection The Celery Forest was named a CBC Best Book of the Year, appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry list and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW competition, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the CAA’s Fred Kerner Book Award and 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her next book Aether: an Out-of-Body Lyric will be published in 2020. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @catgrahampoet.
CODY CAETANO PLEASURE DOME POEMS
"...a few moments before he pull his pantaloons off, hope
he quits rubbing at the wrong piece of chalk, watch
his broken pool cue, hope he knows to not peel stickers
off a rubix, looking for ways to hurt you..."
Cody Caetano's debut chapbook exists at the fever scrim of language. Pleasure Dome Poems is a thrill ride in Cody's searingly original style, his achingly tangy cadence.
Cody Alexander Joseph Caetano is an Anishinaabe and Portuguese writer. Cody is finishing his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto, where he facilitates workshops, serves as the co-editor (‘echo-lo-chief’) for Echolocation literary journal, and is at work on a nonfiction manuscript under the mentorship of Sto:lo writer Lee Maracle.
CODY CAETANO. PLEASURE DOME POEMS. Poetry. Chapbook. What Queer Reading is an imprint of knife | fork | book. Series Editor FAN WU.
Artist: Lena Suksi
Design: r. kolewe
wQr What Queer Reading series edited by FAN WU first two releases CODY CAETANO's Pleasure Dome Poems + PRATHNA LOR 7, 2 in a bundle.
What Queer Reading is an imprint of knife | fork | book
PRATHNA LOR 7, 2
walking down turmeric aisle
some part of you still sensitive to talking
revolving door and
open can of beans
and the thought of clasped palms"
Prathna Lor's second poetry chapbook joins oblique objects with the tender edges of parataxis and longing. 7,2 is full of the solidity of the hard-won image: inside one finds tiny carnages mixed with rejuvenation; the tickle of epiphany narrowly escaped; the freshness of a syntax hardly worn. Here is a lesson in the benevolent contradiction of how speaking hurt nourishes.
Prathna Lor is a living poet.
PRATHNA LOR 7, 2 Poetry. Chapbook. Debut of our What Queer Reading Series. An imprint of knife | fork | book. Series Editor FAN WU
Artist: Lena Suksi
Design : r. kolewe
R. KOLEWE silence, then
R. Kolewe. Poetry. Chapbook.
“Sparse. Daring. Elegant. Devastating.” – KIRBY
k | f | b x 2
KFB's latest two chapbook releases, KATE SUTHERLAND's Beasts of the Sea + R. KOLEWE's silence, then at a bundle price. Save $5
KATE SUTHERLAND BEASTS OF THE SEA
ISBN 978 0 9959300 8 7
$15 (+$5 shipping) NOTE: US orders in USD funds.
KATE SUTHERLAND is the author of two books of short stories (Summer Reading and All In Together Girls) and a collection of poems (How to Draw a Rhinoceros). Summer Reading won a Saskatchewan Book Award, and How to Draw a Rhinoceros was shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry and Best American Experimental Writing. She is currently at work on a new collection of poems on the theme of extinction.
LAUREN TURNER "WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME" [eBook]
Poetry. Electronic Book. ISBN: 978-1-989355-14-5
AVAILABLE AS AN eBook ONLY.
LAUREN TURNER is a poet and an essayist. Her writing appears in Arc Magazine, Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, carte blanche, BAD NUDES, Peach Mag, and elsewhere. She lives in Montréal, Québec on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people.
JOHN STINTZI "THE MACHETE TOURIST" [eBook]
Poetry. Electronic Book.ISBN: 978-1-989355-15-2
2019 RBCBronwen Wallace Award Winner
JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI is a writer and artist who grew up on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. John is currently completeting their first collection of poems as well as a few books of fiction. John lives in Kansas City with their partner and two stuffed animals from IKEA, and may be found online at http://www.john-stintzi.com or @stintzi on Twitter.
ROXANNA BENNETT "UNSEEN GARDEN" [eBook]
Poetry. Electronic Book. ISBN: 978-1-989355-16-9
ROXANNA BENNETT is a disabled poet living in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in PRISM International, Arc Poetry Magazine, Poetry is Dead, Vallum, CV2, Cosmonauts Avenue, Qwerty, carte blanche, and elsewhere. Unmeaningable out soon from Gordon Hill Press.