Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

August 12, 2007

back from New England–chapbooks 61 and 62 out now

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Greetings everyone. Had a great time in Massachusetts and Rhode Island…and of course found much poetic inspiration there (more on that later). Among the many highlights were walking along the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with poet Michael Casey; spending an exciting evening at the soon-to-be-history Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park (maybe I can talk Brad Kohler into collaborating with me again on a dogracing-related sequel to our earlier EXACTA BOX???); eating whole-bellied fried clams in Boston and “New York System Weiners” in Providence; and spending most of a day at the Rhode Island School of Design. I had computer access a few times during the trip, and used it to work with Zachary C. Bush, going over some poems he is writing for a future KSE chapbook. He is a dynamo and can work in many styles equally well, and his poetry is always challenging and never what one expects. I’m excited to have him on the Kendra Steiner team. He has two other chapbooks out this year, one of which just came out yesterday! That one is WE SWALLOW(ED) SPIDERS IN OUR SLEEP, published by Pudding House–available for $10 plus $2.50 postage. Send an e-mail to jen (at)puddinghouse (dot) com and she’ll tell you how to order.

The first new book is PITH by Stuart Crutchfield, KSE #61. Hailing from the harsh Western Scotland countryside and now living in Glasgow, Stu has done six KSE chapbooks so far, all of which are different yet equally mind-blowing. His solo chaps are MARCH (rooted in horror films and horror comics, and an entry in our “Sound Library” series), SHACK SIMPLE (a tribute to Lew Welch, but using Scotland instead of the US West Coast), and most recently THE CIRCUS CROWS HAVE LANDED. He and I have also done three collaborative works: PYTHAGORON TWO (the first in the KSE “Creel Pone Sound Study Series”), WINDOW ON THE SEA (a parallel-text work set in New Orleans, inspired by John Ashbery’s “Litany” from AS WE KNOW), and STREAM (SALMON AND BLOOD), which is one of our most popular chapbooks, the second printing of which is virtually sold out. In STREAM, Stu’s experiences working in a salmon cannery are juxtaposed with my experiences selling my blood plasma.                                            

Like all of Stuart’s work, PITH–which uses stonemasonry as its central motif–contains both dizzying surreal flights and rich-textured details from Scottish life. There is no one like him. He was the first writer I asked to join Kendra Steiner Editions, and he has been a core partner since then. PITH will be available by Tuesday, August 14. $4.00 postpaid in North America–Europeans should order from Volcanic Tongue, which should have the book in stock in two weeks.      

Finally, KSE #62, my newest chapbook, LARKSPUR VARIATIONS (FOR FRANCIS BACON), is a six-poem suite written during my first week in New England under the influence of the paintings of Francis Bacon. In form, it is not unlike some of my previous non-narrative pieces such as SYMPHONIE ROUGE. As with IN PERSPECTIVE, this will be a limited run, although of 19 copies instead of 15. Exclusive distribution will be through Volcanic Tongue, although I will have maybe three copies for sale to the first three people sending $4.00. New England provided me with a number of other seed ideas, and I hope some of those will come to fruition over the next few months. Stay tuned.

The orders that were received while I was away will be sent out on Tuesday. Thanks for your support.

Talk to you soon.  A list of all presently available chapbooks, along with ordering details, was posted in July and can be found elsewhere on this blog.                                                                                                                                                                                            

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