Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

December 5, 2007

SACRED GROUNDS (KSE #78) now available!

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San Francisco poet Michael Layne Heath joins the KSE family with a strong new collection of poems set in the back alleys and furnished rooms of one of America’s great poetry cities. Michael first emerged on the scene circa 1978 with his punkzine Vintage Violence, documenting the DC music scene, and I first discovered his work a few years after that, around the time I started my own zine INNER MYSTIQUE circa 1981. Even in his music writing, I always sensed masterful use of tone and detail, of wit and cultural reference.  When I read his two poetry chapbooks, COUNT TO FIVE AND TELL THE TRUTH and PUT IT THIS WAY (both published by Feudal Gesture Press in 2006), I was blown away and immediately approached him about doing some new original work for KSE.  SACRED GROUNDS (KSE #78) is the result, a chapbook that puts you on the lean mean streets of San Francisco, fills you with sexual hunger, and soothes you with the feedback-drenched white noise of Flipper and the Velvet Underground. There’s also a poetic tribute to the great singer, survivor, and proto-punk icon P.J. Proby. Michael wrote a fine piece on Proby a few years ago (you can read it at ), which even generated a positive response from Proby himself, who offered to send Michael a CD he didn’t have in his collection!!! SACRED GROUNDS is an essential chapbook–you’ll never look at soprano saxophones the same way again! Michael continues to publish in many places, including superb liner notes for albums from the Water Records family and pieces in the  psychedelic culture and music magazine PTOLEMAIC TERRASCOPE,  a magazine I always seek out.

Now available for $4.00 postpaid in North America ($5.00 overseas–request paypal invoice for overseas orders).

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal’s new one, KEEPERS OF SILENCE, a tribute to poet Luis Omar Salinas, is due on December 20th.

Glenn W. Cooper and I just finished the selection and sequencing of his amazing RIMBAUD IN THE CITY: 10 SNAPSHOTS, a re-imagining of poet Arthur Rimbaud banished to our contemporary world. That is scheduled for January 20th.

In other recent activities, a new all-England edition of our ongoing NEXT EXIT series is near completion; I’m working on something called 44 HARMONIES (which I hope to have done by Christmas); and just this week I’ve approached two more poets to join the KSE family.

With KSE authors being featured for two weeks in a row at WHAT TO WEAR DURING AN ORANGE ALERT ( ), we’ve had a number of new hits on the blog (we’re almost at 2000 unique visitors!) and new inquiries. Thanks for your interest, and be sure to check out the AVAILABLE KSE CHAPBOOKS page to the right of this message to see what’s available RIGHT NOW!!!

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