Kendra Steiner Editions

December 20, 2007

KEEPERS OF SILENCE (KSE #82) now available

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The wait is over—-the new chapbook from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, KEEPERS OF SILENCE (KSE #82) is now available. It’s quite different from Luis’s earlier KSE chapbook, WITHOUT PEACE (KSE #59—-we just reprinted some more a few weeks ago!), but possesses the same precision of language, understated power, and lyricism.

These poems are a tribute to one of Luis’s mentors, the great Chicano poet Luis Omar Salinas. Like Luis, Mr. Salinas is a man who watches and listens and is at one with his environment. A man who, like a priest or shaman or an old-time bluesman, is both keeper of words for his people and keeper of silence, of that wisdom which transcends language and requires one to listen, first and foremost. “The rivers flow inside us,/ keepers of silence/ in the ‘sadness of days’ ” . In this chapbook, we walk with Salinas alongside Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez (MH as Virgil to Salinas’s Dante); we watch Salinas’s tragi-comic battle with Death; we see the beauty of autumn and of California through the poet’s eyes; and in the final poem, Luis pronounces “I am Cuauhtemoc, the poet” (echoing the classic “I am Joaquin”) and stakes his own poetic claim, truth-teller and keeper of silence for the next generation…and the generations to come.

This is a powerful collection that speaks with a quiet authority. Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, based in Los Angeles, is a widely published poet (google his name and you’ll have hours of fine reading at online poetry sites) and author of the book RAW MATERIALS (2004, Pygmy Forest Press) and the chapbook WITHOUT PEACE (2007, Kendra Steiner Editions). He is also a founding core member of the Guerilla Poetics Project…and is himself a friend and mentor to many in the poetry world. KEEPERS OF SILENCE is a limited numbered edition of 64 copies, and we’ve already moved a dozen in the first two days, so act fast. $4.00 postpaid in North America (or choose two other books from our list and get 3 for 10 postpaid in N.A.)—-send check to Bill Shute, 8200 Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233. Overseas, it’s $5.00 postpaid—-e-mail us to request a paypal invoice (django5722 at yahoo dot com).

This is our final release of 2007. Don’t forget the other recent releases:

#84, BILL SHUTE, pulses of time (creel pone sound study #7);

#79, BILL SHUTE, 44 harmonies (sound library, volume 27);

#78, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, sacred grounds;

#76, ZACHARY C. BUSH/BILL SHUTE, intervals (creel pone sound study #6) ;

#75, K. M. DERSLEY, blue velour;

#69, CHRISTOPHER CUNNINGHAM, next exit: five;

#68, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, lullabies for jackson

We’ll be back in 2008 with new releases from K. M. Dersley, Adrian Manning, Stuart Crutchfield, Doug Draime, Glenn W. Cooper, Misti Rainwater-Lites, Caleb Puckett, and Hosho McCreesh, among others.

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