“this is a glowing, glorious, exuberant collection of hope.”

Kirby’s latest is the full-length debut poetry title This Is Where I Get Off (Toronto ON: Permanent Sleep Press, 2019), a collection of first-person lyrics bristling with energy, from grief to passion to wild exuberance and graphic enthusiasm. Kirby cribs, cradles and wrestles with their own history, writing passionately of living and loving, doing so openly and defiantly, even against climates that worked equally hard to deny their existence. There is such an openness to this collection, one that works to celebrate as much as acknowledge, working to record the stories of too many individuals lost over too many years. “My mother said that’s all they knew of homosexuals,” Kirby writes, early on in the poem “The Only Reason,” “that they were child / molesters and they killed themselves […]” And yet, for all the dark corners Kirby writes on, around and through, this is a glowing, glorious, exuberant collection of hope.

ROB MCLENNAN, A Halt Which Is Empty

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KIRBY reads at TARTAN TURBAN SECRET READINGS #20 BARRETT & WELSH 23/08/2019

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@itsakirby’s book release for This Is Where I Get Off at his own @knifeforkbook in Kensington Market, blowing minds (and more), reminding a room full of people spanning worlds & generations why he’s so beloved of them all, myself among those lucky to have crossed tracks with this most encouraging, sincere and feel-good diamond of a man. Beneath the laundry list of bacchanal (mesmerizing to the most denied voyeur) it 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. Much love, Kirby. #jeffkirby #thisiswhereigetoff #queerpoetry #permanentsleeppress #torontonightlife *Find TIWIGO at Knife Fork Book or see @permanentsleeppress, who killed it again with this one.

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