Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

February 22, 2008

STILL (KSE #81) now available

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My newest offering, STILL (KSE #81), is now available. This is the third (and final)  volume in an unintended “cold weather trilogy” along with SLASH & BURN and PULSES OF TIME.

Originally titled WILLIAMSPORT STILL-LIFE when in the planning stages, this five-page suite was intended to take a setting containing remnants of the 1800’s “Gilded Age” (Williamsport, PA) and balance it against today’s New Gilded Age. Also, one of the great American still-life painters of the 1800’s, Severin Roesen (born in Germany), worked out of Williamsport, and I felt that the still-life painting genre was a nice emblem of an age of wealth and excess. Therefore, I juxtaposed the still-life painting details against the details of Robber Baron capitalism, a kind of thesis/antithesis of the original golden age, containing the contradictions of the period, yet entwined. And this material was then bookended with a contemporary 2008 consciousness existing within the same space (a Gilded Age mansion), leading to the poem’s final passage: “bleed-through  /  from one Gilded Age  /  to another.”

As the original title was subtracted from to create the new title, STILL, the poem’s original conception was subtracted from until what is left is a series of peaks of various heights, with no valleys. Or if you prefer, Hemingway’s “iceberg” theory—-where the 7/8 of the iceberg under water (the details known to the author but not included in the written work) controls the 1/8 of the iceberg seen above water. Whatever image is used, STILL is a concentrated painterly study of two Gilded Ages. While the transfer of wealth from the working members of society to the affluent since the Age of Reagan has not been as extreme as, say, what happened during the Russia of Boris Yeltsin’s days, it is still VERY clear to any un-biased observer, and Reagan’s goal of essentially dismantling the New Deal has come true much more than The Gipper might have ever thought possible. 

I hope you find STILL interesting and worthwhile. Only 26 copies of this one available, and I’ve already distributed 10 of them, so act fast. Why not pick this up as part of the 3-for-$10 deal, along with NEXT EXIT: SIX by K.M. Dersley and Adrian Manning and LAST MAY (1968) by Doug Draime…… Check payable to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233.

Got thousands of dollars sitting around you don’t know what to do with? Buy an original Severin Roesen still-life painting. Heck, I’d love to have one on my living room wall, right above the Dell printer and the stack of Jandek CD’s here at Kendra Steiner Editions Central. Choose from six available paintings at this link (click on the paintings to enlarge):

 Alas, KSE does not get a commission on these!

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