Nice surprise to see last summer’s KSE #49, ROCKET ATTACK USA!!!, reviewed this week in the “Small Press Notes” section of the Kenyon Review blog by noted small-press publisher Sean Casey (note: see Sean’s personal blog and Chuckwagon Press listings here: http://valleyarts.blogspot.com ). Here’s the review:
March 27th, 2008 by Sean Casey
Rocket Attack U.S.A. !!! | Bill Shute |
San Antonio, TX: Kendra Steiner Editions, 2007
Bill Shute’s chapbook length serial poem, inspired by the Barry Mahon film of same name, is less sci-fi than current event. Bad news is indeed afoot and imminent, but also under wraps. “Monochrome men” abound in “monochrome suits,” and they’re “armed with maps but no compasses.” Unfortunately, I’m unable to approximate here the poetry’s visual arrangement, which is vital to its meaning. No two words closely abut. Instead, the poems space themselves across the page to create a ruptured, syncopated read. If you’re in Glasgow, buy your copy here.
Gee, with this mention at Kenyon and the review in Arthur Magazine, we’ll have to make this out-of-print chapbook a candidate for the reprint series! A few copies are still available at Volcanic Tongue, though (hence the Glasgow reference).