Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

February 17, 2008

KSE poets championed at Arthur magazine (March 2008)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 11:06 am

In the new March 2008 issue of Arthur magazine (the one with Diamanda Galas on the cover), both Thurston Moore and Byron Coley post a “best of…” list, and KSE has TWO listings on Byron’s best-reading list:

MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “Sacred Grounds” (KSE 78—-still available!)


BILL SHUTE, “In Perspective” (KSE 61—-out of print)

SACRED GROUNDS has received a lot of positive notice since its November release. I’d have to say that along with the works of Doug Draime and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal,  SACRED GROUNDS and Michael Layne Heath have received the most critical acclaim of any post-summer-2007 KSE chapbooks. More reviews of the book should be forthcoming, so I’ll try to keep SACRED GROUNDS in-print for awhile. Mike has been doing some readings in the SF Bay Area to support the book and it’s available in some SF bookstores.

As for IN PERSPECTIVE, that was written in July and printed in August 2007 in a micro-edition of 15 copies (with another 5 un-numbered “promo” copies). It’s a series of 5 portraits of North Texas and 1 portrait of Austin, written under the spell of painters Vanessa Bell and David Hockney, after I saw an amazing exhibition including a number of their works in DFW. Here’s what Volcanic Tongue had to say about it:   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.   Alas, IN PERSPECTIVE is out of print (it contains color artwork on each page—-one reason it was such a limited printing!) although it may appear in a “selected poems” collection I’ve been asked to put together for 2009.

With Arthur Magazine having a circulation of 60,000+ copies and always being snapped up within days of hitting the racks, and with Arthur being perhaps THE cultural magazine of this current period (filling the void of FORCED EXPOSURE), we are honored to have been written up THREE times so far, not including this mention on the “reading list.” Thanks for the support!

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