Kendra Steiner Editions

September 15, 2007


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Just sold the last copy of TELESMA CHARGING, the latest Stuart Crutchfield/Bill Shute collaboration, inspired by the music of Axolotl, and we hadn’t even gotten around to sending any copies to Volcanic Tongue, our major distributor, yet! So this one will go into a second printing, with a slightly different cover and a new numbering sequence.


September 11, 2007

new interview with Doug Draime

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Check out this recent interview with Doug Draime:

We have three chapbooks featuring Doug:



and EYESTONE (which is almost sold out, so order one now!).

We hope to offer more of his work in the future…

September 10, 2007

Michael Layne Heath and Christopher Cunningham join KSE family of poets

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I’m very excited to announce that two of my favorite working poets—-MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH (from San Francisco) and CHRISTOPHER CUNNINGHAM (from the greater Atlanta area)—-have agreed to join our Kendra Steiner Editions family. We’re still working out the details, but chapbooks may be arriving in as soon as 2 or 3 months.

Michael has been writing for 20+ years, although he’s better known for his music writing than for his poetry. He was a pioneering fanzine writer/publisher back in the late 1970’s (I started my own punk/psych fanzine, INNER MYSTIQUE, in 1981, so in a sense I was following in his footsteps), and he’s continued to do all kinds of writing since then. Presently, he may be best-known for the liner notes he’s done for the Four Men With Beards/Water label (including such legendary albums as  Television’s MARQUEE MOON and Nelson Riddle’s LOLITA soundtrack). However, he is in addition a fine poet with two books to his credit: PUT IT THIS WAY and COUNT TO FIVE AND TELL THE TRUTH, both published by Feudal Gesture Press in 2006. Our books are also sitting near each other in the stacks at City Lights!!! He is able to capture San Francisco life so vividly I can taste it, and he manages to critique the BS and hypocrisy he sees without being judgmental or condescending or holier-than-thou. His work has a great flow, and he’s able to write about music and to integrate musical references into his work in a manner that really works—-man, is THAT rare! Michael does readings in the Bay Area, and I would love to read new chapbooks by him regularly–so I’m stepping in to see that happens by offering him an outlet here at Kendra Steiner Editions. Great to have you aboard, Michael!

Christopher Cunningham (no relation to the academic poet of the same name—-read two lines of one of OUR Christopher’s poems and you’ll know the difference!) is somewhat better known as he’s one of the main movers and shakers of the Guerilla Poetics Project AND he has published a number of superb chapbooks in recent years including THRU THE HEART OF THIS ANIMAL LIFE, from Liquid Paper Press ( );  AND STILL THE NIGHT LEFT TO GO (a unique two-volume set, featuring both verse and correspondence that sets forth the philosophy behind the poet’s art and role in society, published by Bottle of Smoke Press —-    ) ; and, most recently, FLOWERS IN THE SHADOW OF THE STORM,  just issued a few months ago by Sunnyoutside ( ).  If you can imagine a poet who writes with precision and understatement and elegance, yet at the same time kicks out the jams and has attitude to burn, CC is your man. I never thought I’d find a writer who has, simultaneously, the best qualities of both Hemingway and Cid Corman–but of course he’s much more than that. His lean, finely sculpted verse radiates with sense imagery that cuts into the reader like a fishhook. Life is a struggle, and CC is there on the frontline–getting it all down for the reader but still engaging in the fight himself.  Does it sound like I appreciate his work??? Welcome to you also, Chris.

In the big picture, Kendra Steiner Editions may be a micro-press, but we offer a powerful poetry line-up:
















Now, it’s back to work on Next Exit: Four…

September 8, 2007

September KSE News; Next Exit Four almost ready…

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We’re up to 525 unique visitors to the blog as of today—thanks!

The present book we’re highlighting is NEXT EXIT:THREE (KSE #64)by Doug Draime and Misti Rainwater-Lites. That is moving well and response is excellent. I’m sure the 89-copy edition will be sold out by December, if not sooner. You can read about it in earlier posts—-just scroll down from here.

Our next release is also ready…almost. NEXT EXIT: FOUR features Zachary C. Bush and Brad Kohler–ten new poems (five from each) on the small towns of the South and the Rust Belt.  Zachary brings an intoxicating fast-moving experimental approach and a superb eye for detail to his uniquely Southern vision (and of course, there’s a piece set in Oxford, Mississippi dedicated to Faulkner), and Brad Kohler (who has done two previous books for us–ENERGY FOOLS THE MAGICIAN and EXACTA BOX—-along with two works in past years published by Backwash Press, CURSED, POISONED, CONDEMNED and the amazing SUCKER BET DOWN IN CLASS) remains one of the great poets of the “Rust Belt”, along with Michael Ceraolo (who published MORE EUCLID CREEK with us earlier this year—-still available for $4, by the way!). Brad and I worked together writing for BLACK TO COMM magazine back in the 90’s (where we first met), and I have always been a great admirer of his distinctive vision of the horse racing tracks, diners, laundromats, dead-end jobs, and short-lived salvations among the working poor of the faded-out towns of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and the like. Brad’s poetry is a window into that world. NEXT EXIT: FOUR will be an exciting combination of two original poetic voices. It will be available September 25–as usual, $4.00 postpaid. That will be KSE #66.

What is KSE #65, you may ask if you’ve been keeping track? Well, that is a small-run and small-sized (half our regular size–it’s 4″ by 2.75″) piece of mine called ALIGNED INTO MEMORY. Recently I’ve been studying  pre-WWII avant-garde graphic arts (especially the work of H.N. Werkman), and I was also very much inspired by the visual art-and-text combinations I saw when visiting the Rhode Island School of Design in August. What I did with this piece was to take an old poem of mine called “Aligned Into Memory” from an early chapbook that had limited distribution (most copies distributed in Canada, never distributed by Volcanic Tongue), do some editing to it, and work it into a visual field, spreading the poem over five small pages. I’ve sent a few of these to poet and artist friends, and the rest will be sent to Volcanic Tongue as a free gift to anyone who buys any Kendra Steiner Editions chapbook from VT.  Stuart and I have integrated visuals into the text of some of our books—-TELESMA CHARGING, FANTASMATA 2007, UPSIDE-DOWN, and PYTHAGORON TWO—-and I expect we will continue to experiment in that area.

Upcoming projects for the fall include a new collection of poems by K.M. Dersley, following on the heels of his June chapbook RETROSPECTIVE FORECASTS, and a new multi-part work from Misti Rainwater-Lites called LULLABIES FOR JACKSON, which is a beautiful collection of poetic “lullabies” to her as-yet-unborn son, Jackson. We’re also at work gathering material for a NEXT EXIT: FIVE, which we’d like to put out by Christmas, if possible. I’m working on a few other pieces of my own, but I’ve learned the hard way not to announce those until they are finished. I listed a book I hadn’t finished in our Summer 2007 circular, CACTUS BARRIER (cinema poetry series, volume 2), and I still haven’t completed that, so I’ll hold off on announcing any projects that are not actually finished–Keith Dersley’s and Misti’s books are actually finished.

Thanks for your support. Check the blog every week or so and keep reading and supporting small press poetry and online poetry. I’ve been reading and enjoying two chapbooks by English poet Adrian Manning recently–REPEATING THE MANTRA and WRETCHED SONGS FOR OUT OF TUNE MUSICIANS, both published by Bottle of Smoke Press ( ), and the fine books published by Manning’s own press, Concrete Meat Press ( ). Adrian has produced beautifully crafted books and broadsides with a distinctive feel and look and a unique aesthetic. In particular, his integration of watercolors into the books is visual poetry of the highest order. One of the books is ON THE BACK PORCH by Ronald Baatz, a poet based in upstate New York. I was familiar with Baatz because of the split chapbook he did recently with my Albuquerque pal and KSE poet Mark Weber (it’s called POEMS & DOODLES, but isn’t yet listed on Mark’s website, which is at ), but that did not prepare me for this amazing 50-part work which is a brilliant modern updating and extension of the poetic idyll. I will be reading this book for years. As in Mark Weber’s work, Mr. Baatz is able to take seemingly humdrum everyday occurrences and find their cosmic significance, to suggest how each detail works into the mosaic that is each day of life. It’s exciting to read major works such as this and realize THIS IS BEING WRITTEN A YEAR AGO BY SOMEONE LIVING AND PUBLISHING RIGHT NOW. It’s easy to want to sit around praising dead Beat poets, or people who are past their prime and coasting on fumes at this point, but there are masterpieces being written today, and we won’t find them unless we keep looking for new work and keep buying small press books.

Well, I’ve lectured enough for now. Will get back to work on Next Exit: Four and printing more of Next Exit: Three and Telesma Charging.

September 2, 2007

NEXT EXIT:THREE (Doug Draime/Misti Rainwater-Lites) now available!!!

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The exciting new chapbook NEXT EXIT: THREE, featuring 12  poems from two of America’s most exciting, edgy poets—-Doug Draime and Misti Rainwater-Lites—-is now available. As with the previous two NEXT EXIT books, these pieces are all named after small towns and are the poet’s depiction of the “world” of those places. Doug and Misti will take you to these places in an intense and vibrant way that will make you think you are there (and considering the depressing/repressive nature of some of these towns, you’ll be glad it’s only a vicarious journey!!!).  You can read more about this book by scrolling down to the post entitled “Doug Draime and Misti Rainwater-Lites, the Ultimate Poetry Tag Team.” NEXT EXIT: THREE is available for $4.00 postpaid in North America. Or why not order all three volumes of NEXT EXIT for only $10.00? The first volume (featuring Doug Draime) is almost sold out, and the second volume (featuring Thomas Michael McDade) will be sold out in a month or two at the rate it’s going. Send check or well-concealed cash to Bill Shute, 8200 Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233. I will also be happy to trade chapbooks with other poets, wherever they are located (write me at steinergurl (at) lycos (dot) com  for details).  Many thanks to Doug and Misti for their fine work on this project! (Europeans should order this book from Volcanic Tongue in Glasgow–they’ll have it in stock by around October 1st)

four new reviews from Volcanic Tonuge

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The September 1 new release list from our European distributor, Volcanic Tongue, contains write-ups on four recent KSE books. Here they are:

MICHAEL CASEY–THE BOPPER  .  New collection of poems from Casey that plot the Kafka-esque intrigues, petty spirit-crushing politics, goof-off survival tactics and desperate moments of pathos while working in a faceless office environment. Hand-numbered edition of 78 copies.

STUART CRUTCHFIELD–PITH  .  New collection from Glasgow-based poet Stuart Crutchfield, with a series of meditations on Henry Miller, Glaswegian space, tedious philosophers and raga forms. Edition of 29 hand-numbered copies.

BILL SHUTE–LARKSPUR VARIATIONS (FOR FRANCIS BACON) . New very limited (only 19 hand-numbered copies and already sold-out at source) collection of poems from Bill Shute, this time out themed around visions of New England refracted through the aesthetic of Francis Bacon to create collaged synaesthetic word-instants that transport you right into Bill’s eyeballs. Shute describes it as being “like a literary New England-based take on The Faust Tapes.” So dig in. Recommended.

BILL SHUTE–IN PERSPECTIVE .  Another very limited new collection from Shute in a painterly style that seems to reflect back to some of his earlier Kendra Steiner work. These are sketches of North Texas done under the spell of David Hockney, Vanessa Bell, Francis Bacon and Stanley Spencer and they are supremely tactile, sensuous evocations of overloaded vision in space.

We have THE BOPPER and PITH available for $4.00 each, postpaid in North America. Our copies of IN PERSPECTIVE and LARKSPUR VARIATIONS are sold out; Volcanic Tongue has the only remaining copies.

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