Kendra Steiner Editions

March 9, 2008

VISITATION (KSE #90) by MK CHAVEZ now available

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After some last-minute tweaking of the text and a change to the covers, MK Chavez and I have got VISITATION ready to go now, and the first copies are coming off my printer as I write this. I’ll do a separate post later about this chapbook and MK Chavez’s work, but you can order VISITATION and the other two March releases—-NEXT EXIT: EIGHT and LUNA AMERICANA—-now, all three for $10 postpaid in North America.

This eight-part suite of poems is spare and haunting—-the 14-point Lucida typeface and the cover images help create a disquieting feeling, and in addition MK has the poem flowing from the right-hand margin of the page, forcing the reader to adapt his/her way of reading. We feel the same discomfort as the poem’s speaker. Limited to 77 copies, VISITATION is one of KSE’s best-ever releases. Thanks to Ms. Chavez for entrusting this work—-which would have been welcomed at much larger and more established poetry publishers—-to San Antonio’s Kendra Steiner Editions! Act now…

March 8, 2008

March 2008 notes—-two new chapbooks ready!

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I’m looking at a stack of freshly printed pages and covers for two of the three March releases and re-stocks of the February chaps. I’ll need to cut them and assemble them, and then we will have 100 or so new copies for YOU.

NEXT EXIT: EIGHT (KSE # 89) featuring Hosho McCreesh and Caleb Puckett is now available for order (I’ll post a blog entry specifically about it soon). NE8 is a wonderful combination of styles and a memorable trip through the landscapes and settlements of New Mexico and Oklahoma from two of the Southwest’s most distinctive poets. 11 new poems composed especially for this project and available nowhere else.

Also ready now is my newest offering, KSE #88, LUNA AMERICANA (creel pone sound study #8). The latest in the series of poetic suites inspired by albums of electronic music on the Creel Pone label, this one is based on Costin Miereanu’s 1975 album LUNA CINESE, originally released on the legendary Italian “Cramps” label. Instead of a Chinese moon, however, I transposed this into an American moon, and I took the moon through five phases (the five sections of the poem), and wove together lunar imagery and mythology with various characters living their lives in today’s San Antonio along with the things of their experience, punctuating these passages with interruptions from the general state of America 2008. Ultimately, we’re all under the same American Moon. Cerberus drools onto a brown lawn down the street from the Pizza Hut while “Taps” wafts over from the Air Force Base. The surge continues, but the train’s done gone.

MK Chavez is putting the finishing touches on the final March release, her awesome and disquieting VISITATION (KSE #90). Expect that soon.

Chapbooks are only four dollars each postpaid in North America, 3-for $10. Check payable to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233. Overseas orders are only $5 per chap postpaid, payable through Pay Pal. E-mail your order and request a invoice.

We have a strong release schedule planned for the rest of 2008. Stay tuned. Send off that order today. Most of the November/December/January releases are almost sold out. One of our UK customers just told me he was taking a stack of the recent KSE poetry chapbooks with him to re-read under the sun on the beach in Southern Spain while drinking the local beers. What an honor!

4200 visitors to KSE blog as of 3/8/08

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Thanks to all.

March 5, 2008

JANDEK in Austin, Texas: 15 March 2008

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JANDEK will be performing as part of the Signal To Noise Magazine Showcase at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas on Saturday 15 March 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45. For those without a SXSW badge or pass (I certainly would never buy one!), admission is $15. He is re-uniting the “Fort Worth Hoedown” band who played so well at the Rose Marine Theatre in FW last July (my review of this gig can be found on the Jandek discussion list): Jandek on vcl/harmonica, Susan Alcorn on steel gtr, Ralph White (ex-Bad Livers) on fiddle/banjo/various stringed instruments, Ryan Williams on bass, and Will Johnson on drums. The cost of admission gets you about six hours of music, also including the Nameless Sound Youth Ensemble, Christina Carter and Shawn McMillen, Space City Gamelan, and The Weird Weeds. Jandek is scheduled to perform 7:30-8:30 p.m. Last year’s Jandek performance at this same venue was standing room only. See you there!

Paul Corman-Roberts on Kendra Steiner Editions

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An insightful, supportive piece from San Francisco literary Renaissance Man  Paul Corman-Roberts  dealing with Kendra Steiner Editions and the future of small-press poetry:

http://www.cherrybleeds.com/bitches1/mar08.html

Spring-Summer 2008 KSE release schedule

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We have an exciting line-up scheduled for the next few months, with a new original work and a reprint each month. Chapbooks come out on the 20th of each month:

20 MARCH 2008

KSE #90, MK CHAVEZ, visitation;

KSE #89, HOSHO McCREESH / CALEB PUCKETT, next exit: eight;

KSE #88, BILL SHUTE, luna americana;

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reprint: ENVY (KSE #13)

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20 APRIL 2008

DOUG DRAIME, new chapbook of Oregon-based poems

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reprint: SHACK SIMPLE (KSE #34)

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20 MAY 2008

JIM D. DEUCHARS, new as-yet-untitled suite of poems

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reprint: SONNETS FOR BILL DOGGETT (KSE #12)

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20 JUNE 2008

ADRIAN MANNING, new as-yet-untitled suite of poems

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reprint: SO LONG: A JOURNAL (KSE #8)

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20 JULY 2008

NEXT EXIT: SEVEN

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reprint: SILHOUETTES (KSE #3)

March 2, 2008

new Doug Draime chapbook SPEED OF LIGHT available online

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Check out the new 13-poem collection SPEED OF LIGHT by Doug Draime, available FREE online from the fine folks at Right Hand Pointing:

http://www.righthandpointing.com/draime/

 In addition, Doug will have a new collection of Oregon-based poems from Kendra Steiner Editions in April 2008.

March 1, 2008

ENVY (KSE 13) and DREAM SCENE (KSE 23) reprints now available

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I haven’t put much work into promoting the reprint series: they are limited to 18 copies each, they are gradual but steady sellers among our regular readers, and from the e-mails I get it seems as though people are glad to have the opportunity to read and own chaps that appeared briefly in 2006 and are much different than the works being issued by KSE today…yet also quite similar in important ways.

ENVY and DREAM SCENE are, respectively, volumes 9 and 10 in the Sound Library Series (to give you an idea of how extensive this series has become, the latest one issued was Volume 29—-and poets such as Brad Kohler, Stuart Crutchfield, and David Keenan have also contributed to the series) .This series began with two volumes that grew out of repeated listening to English and French “sound library” recordings. When I sent the first two volumes to Volcanic Tongue, our main distributor at that time, David Keenan understood exactly what I was up to, even though I made a point of saying nothing about the technique or philosophy of the series. He wrote that Volume Two (PROTOTYPE) was “based around hallucinated phantom narratives scored to accompany relatively blank-slate library music recordings…with all of the illuminating personal details that define Shute’s work put to the service of ghosted female biography.” As the series evolved, I varied from this “pure” original conception and cast the net a bit wider, using various forms of instrumental music (such as Willie Mitchell R&B 45’s), and eventually vocal music as my prompt, and I “used” the music in many different ways, not just as soundtracks to scenes in my mind.

Each poem in ENVY, for instance, uses as its title a song title from the great rockabilly-country singer BOB LUMAN. This is a varied collection, with subjects ranging from domestic violence, unabridged dictionaries, my brother-in-law’s wasting away from cancer and coming to terms with his death, and Stacy Keach’s performance as Mike Hammer (in the second series, the syndicated, shot-on-video one). This chapbook was never distributed by Volcanic Tongue or by anyone outside of the San Antonio area—-the 40 or 50 copies we printed were mostly distributed at local readings and bookfairs, and the few remaining were traded away with other poets. This reprint is probably the only way to get a copy…unless you want to pay $11.00 to a rare book dealer who traded for a few copies way back when. Why not get the new B&W reprint for $4.00 postpaid direct from KSE?

DREAM SCENE, inspired by my mono copy of George Harrison’s WONDERWALL MUSIC, is in the manner of the great minimalist spiritual poet Frank Samperi (1933-1991). Very much a literary loner who disliked cliques and “movements” (much as I do!), Samperi developed his own aesthetic and technique, attracting the attention of Louis Zukofsky and Cid Corman and Bob Arnold, publishing sparse works that often isolate individual words, but are high in poetic specific gravity. Imagine taking, say, the poetry of Michael McClure, having it re-written by the mid-late 1960’s Robert Creeley at his most minimal, subjecting it to an edit by a man of quiet wisdom such as Charles Reznikoff who always stressed particulars in his writing,  and then distilling THAT to a concentrate, an essence. That’s not an exact comparison, but at least it may help you imagine Samperi’s work if you’ve never read it. DREAM SCENE along with my chapbook SPIRIT were tributes to Samperi as well as an attempt to extend the innovations he introduced and use them to my own ends. I sent these two chaps to Mr. Samperi’s daughter, who sent me a kind letter back telling me that her father would have been touched that poets were not only finding inspiration in his work, but using that work as a theoretical foundation for their own work and extending his vision. When I used to hang out at the Denver Public Library on lazy summer days as a teenager, I would read Samperi’s QUADRIFARIAM (Mushinsha/Grossman, 1973) out on the lawn, creating my own sacred space between the sea of RTD busses and the steady flow of pedestrians rushing to and fro on their too-short lunch hours, realizing the value of using as few words as possible, and of punctuating sound with silence. DREAM SCENE uses a number of San Antonio settings—-a trailer park, a pest-ridden garden, an old out-of-tune piano used as furniture, a cup of tea, an afternoon sun—-as seeds for spiritual meditations. About DREAM SCENE, Volcanic Tongue wrote, “A very beautiful slow-moving survey of local topography that scans from the spiders in the desert and rundown shacks all the way up to quietly blinding visions of solar magic. Excellent.” This sold well at VT, and perhaps because of its attractive cover featuring George H., it also moved quickly when I sold it in-person at readings in support of TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY and at bookfairs. This B&W reprint is an edition of 18 copies…and it even corrects a typo from the original!

The reprint series will continue as long as readers are interested. Next month (April) we’ll be reissuing Stuart Crutchfield’s beautiful Scottish re-imagining of the poetics of Lew Welch, SHACK SIMPLE.

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