KSE #295 (poetry-and-photography chapbook)
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Language, experience, and language-experienced….in the middle of the middle of the Middle West
CAGED HEAT collects an eight-section poem dealing with life in a moderate-sized Midwestern town and ten photographs taken at a county fair in central Kansas in Summer 2014. It’s the last poetry chapbook I’m issuing in 2014, the last of the recent series of poetry-and-photography chaps, and the last-composed of the character-driven pieces in the tradition of the ones collected on the WORRIED MEN AND WOODEN SOLDIERS spoken-word poetry album.
In the middle of the middle of the Middle West, these facts of life might be cold and hard one day, tepid and spongy another day, framed and tinted with a film of orange-yellow, not unlike the dried-on egg residue our narrative persona scrapes off plates eight hours a day to pay the rent and keep his health insurance. On the way to work, threatened by rednecks; on the way home, harassed by gang members.
He meets Cynthia, a one-time college professor, who was asked to film her lectures (then let go by the State University) and make them “content modules” for a “flipped classroom” to be administered by a no-benefit part-time adjunct faculty member. Cynthia’s now reduced to working as an “independent contractor” representing a line of gourmet raw-dog food products at independent pet stores. Her mother’s praying for a sign.
The river increases its volume the further it flows from its source.
Those with lofts above the clouds instruct me to bring my own weather.
And we work with what we’ve got left.
EDITION OF 47 HOME-MADE, HAND-ASSEMBLED, HAND-NUMBERED COPIES. ISSUED December 2014.
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other recent chapbooks available, $6 US postpaid / $7 elsewhere postpaid
KSE #278 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Life Goes to a Party” (sound library series, volume 76)
KSE #290 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jaywalkers: Ducal Poems, Three”
KSE #287 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Fellowship of the Frog”
KSE #282 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Hot Combination”
We also have an excellent catalog of NEW experimental music from cutting-edge artists from four continents (look for the “Available KSE music and poetry” page at the upper right-hand corner of the screen), but KSE began as a poetry press, so I’ll stick to promoting poetry in this post.
As always, thank you for supporting independent, non-aligned arts collectives such as Kendra Steiner Editions….REAL AND CONCRETE three-dimensional artifacts from the hand of the artist him/herself—-nothing “virtual” about them.
Language, experience, and language-experienced….distilled to their essence, then molded into energized clusters, placed in suspension into the poetic construct. In this case, CAGED HEAT