Kendra Steiner Editions

April 27, 2008

TRANSPARENCY (KSE #93) now available

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Adrian Manning’s WIDE ASLEEP, FAST AWAKE (a Sound Library volume inspired by the Sonic Youth album Daydream Nation) is now available for order, and I’ll be writing about it here soon, but for now let me announce that my own TRANSPARENCY (KSE #93, and volume 32 in the Sound Library Series) is now available.

For those who, like me, do not seek out any special attention in daily life and who prefer to keep a low profile, being a poet allows you a lot of anonymity. People who know me in my neighborhood or at my workplace know what I do, and with a few important (and very much appreciated!) exceptions, could not care less about it. If I had a band, they’d hear us practicing in the garage all the time; if I were a film-maker, they’d see me with a videocam all the time. However, as a poet, I have no visible identifying item (most don’t notice the moleskine notebook in my shirt pocket), so I’m left alone and I can remain transparent. This allows me to be right in the thick of life-as-it-as-lived, and daily life is my greatest inspiration.

Transparency. Too much garlic in the salsa. Unused soccer fields. Straightening tablecloths and pouring coffee at the Notaries’ Convention. Crickets and chainsaws and gasoline. Poet, seek alliances, not followers!

For $4.00 ($5.00 outside the US), YOU ARE THERE alongside the poet. Anonymous. Transparent. Deep in the heart of Texas.

April 24, 2008

13 more KSE chapbooks out-of-print as of 4/25/08

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We’re now sold out of many recent KSE chapbooks, so the following books are no longer available for order:

#86, Shute, Slash & Burn;

#85, McCreesh, 37 Psalms from the Badlands;

#84, Shute, Pulses of Time;

#81, Shute, Still;

#79, Shute, 44 Harmonies;

#78, Heath,  Sacred Grounds;

#77, Shute,  Red Diptych;

#76, Bush/Shute,  Intervals;

#74, Shute,  Don’t Look Back;

#73, Shute, Bridge to Nowhere;

#67, Shute, Norwich Unveiled;

#64, Draime/Rainwater-Lites, Next Exit: Three;

#63, Crutchfield/Shute, Telesma Charging.

Hope you got the ones you wanted while they were available.

April 20, 2008

watch Jim D. Deuchars read “Dinosaurs are Organizing Things”

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Jim D. Deuchars, author of KSE’s newest release, PIECES OF EIGHT, reads his poem “Dinosaurs are Organizing Things” on a myspace video. Check it out! Jim’s already got two videos up at his blog—-let’s hope he posts more. And don’t forget to check him out Thursday, June 5, at the Connecticut Beat Poetry Festival. Here’s the link:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=129872104&blogID=382294174

April 19, 2008

KSE discussed in LE BATHYSCAPHE magazine (Quebec)

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The December 2007 issue of the bilingual Quebec newsprint magazine LE BATHYSCAPHE contains a fine article called BLABBERMOUTH LOCKJAW (OF THE SOUL), discussing the work of visionary deconstructors of the word such as Vito Acconci, Aram Saroyan (his late 60s/early 70s period, documented in the recent COMPLETE MINIMAL POEMS), and Wallace Berman. Imagine my surprise when, after discussing the greatness of Wallace Berman, the next paragraph begins,

Also great is the work of Bill Shute and the press he runs, Kendra Steiner Editions. Bill is a guy who has been around since the early 80s, doing music fanzines, putting on shows, and delving into various literary enterprises. He was quiet for a good bit of the 90s, but he has returned in a huge way in the first light of the new millenium. Kendra Steiner Editions has been responsible for 50 poetry booklets over the last couple of years that are wonderful examples of DIY art. Printed in editions of less than 100, the books arrive like presents, delivering one mouthful at a time of delicious words. Many of the titles showcase Shute’s own fine work. There are various series written in response to music that are particularly evocative. Whether free-associating to the latest Creel Pone avant-garde reissues or biting deeply into the piano style of Lennie Tristano, Bill really manages to capture the flow and rhythm of his chosen soundtrack, nailing essential points with swift strokes, and eyes keen to detail. Bill has also published such poets as Glaswegians Stuart Crutchfield and David Keenan (including a lovely tribute to David Meltzer); Thomas Michael McDade (whose genius lies in manifestations of the deified motorhead); Brad Kohler (a reborn Meat Poet), and great gawps of other worthy stuff.

Bill is also the author of POINT LOMA PURPLE (Word Mechanics, 2007), a long verse biography of Katherine Tingley, a utopian Theosophist of the early 20th Century. It’s rich material for Shute to explore, and he does so in a style reminiscent of Ed Sanders’ great histories of the 20th Century sequence. A couple of early Kendra Steiner volumes are appended to POINT LOMA, making it a very cool introduction to Shute’s work. I highly suggest, however, that you take the full plunge, contacting Bill and ordering a random selection of these lovely books. They’re all extremely rewarding and provide intimate examples of viral-word dissemination at its best.

Beaucoup grâce à M. Byron et M. Thurston pour l’article gentil.

SHORE ACCESS (KSE #92) now available

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My chapbook SHORE ACCESS (KSE #92), the 31st volume in the Sound Library Series, is now available.

Many of you will remember the controversy a few years back when media mogul David Geffen spent hundreds of thousand of dollars in legal fees and over a decade in court to deny the people of California access to a strip of public beach bordering his property in Malibu. At the time, this story seemed to me the perfect symbol for present-day America, and I filed it away in my long-term memory. Then in March 2008, when my wife Mary Anne and I took a romantic trip through the Texas Hill Country for a few days, we stayed in Marble Falls, Texas, home of the beautiful Lake Marble Falls. Of course, we wanted to go down by the shore and spend a little time, so we circled the lake for miles, and every inch seemed to be privately owned and fenced off, even if it wasn’t being used for anything right now. FINALLY, we found a strip of shore about as long as the average driveway that had a small public boat landing, a concrete wall from which one could fish, and a few picnic tables. Sitting there and taking in the scenery, I looked at the other 99% of the shore that we did not have access to and saw an upscale restaurant looking over the water, seeming to cater to tourists and to affluent locals. I remembered the Geffen incident, and started creating a fictional scenario about this restaurant, some of its employees, life in Marble Falls, and the state of society today. The result is the suite of poems SHORE ACCESS.

This chapbook took me about six weeks to write, and like GROUND or RED DIPTYCH or SAN ANTONIO GOOD FRIDAY, it is character-driven…but it puts those characters in a larger context. I also did something during the writing of this piece that I rarely do, and that is discuss the writing of it with others as I was doing it. Some of the regular KSE readers/customers write to give me feedback on past chapbooks and ask me what I’m presently working on, and usually I’ll just mention a name, but this time I actually sent a draft of completed sections and engaged in dialogue with readers. The experience was refreshing, and it provided a unique feeling to have people outside my family and closest associates waiting for SHORE ACCESS to reach completion! I’m reminded of the classic remark attributed to film director William Beaudine, who helmed many great horror/action/Bowery Boys b-movies, “you mean someone out there is actually waiting to see this?”

Feel what it’s like to have an enlarged prostate; get a consciousness-splitting rush from Salvia while it’s still legal; taste the grilled salmon with chipotle cream sauce; sit through a tedious prom date while looking out the restaurant’s window onto the shimmering lake; hear Tish Hinojosa’s haunting Brazilian rosewood guitar (note: I don’t know if Ms. Hinojosa, a legendary Texas singer-songwriter, actually owns such an instrument, but I bet she’d love to, and through the magic of literature, I’ve given her one, at least in this poem–TH also recorded one of the great holiday albums of all time, Memorabilia Navidena, spinning regularly at the Shute-Bernal home every Nov. and Dec.); pay for the occupation of Iraq even though you have no health insurance; rush a cigarette or two while on your break; dream about getting out of deadly small town life so you can face an all-new set of problems in the city! All this for $4 US/$5 elsewhere, the price of renting the DVD of some shi**y movie you didn’t think was worth seeing even at matinee prices when it played theatrically.

I feel that SHORE ACCESS will have a wider appeal than some of my chapbooks do (I’m thus giving it a larger print run), so if you have not tried one before, this might be a good starting point. If you want a “Taste of Texas” circa 2008, this will surely give it to you. Check the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to the right of this entry for ordering information. And don’t forget our 3-for-$10 deal, postpaid in the US.

April 17, 2008

mid-April notes: poetry and the larger community

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Lots of activity here at KSE Central!

Jim D. Deuchars’ new PIECES OF EIGHT is ready, about two weeks early, for you to order, and the June release—-Adrian Manning’s WIDE ASLEEP, FAST AWAKE—-is pretty much all edited, the cover is complete, and I’d expect that one to be ready by May 1st, even though it’s the June release.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m excited about new poetry releases and I always have been. Since my teen years in the 1970’s, I’ve always bought at least two small-press poetry books per month, the same way I buy small-label music each month, and seek out independent film. One problem with the overall poetry scene since the 1970’s is that poets are often writing to other poets—they read and review each other’s books; they publish each other; they validate each other; they sleep together (nothing wrong with that, necessarily); they have an insular, incestuous world that they expect outsiders to grovel in front of if they want to be accepted in it. It’s kind of like a literary circle jerk.

Poetry can be—-and should be, as it was in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s—-part of the overall arts scene, appealing to those who buy new music, see new exhibitions and installations, seek out foreign and independent film. I’m proud of the fact that KSE’s first major distributor was not a bookstore, but an underground culture merchant (Volcanic Tongue in Glasgow). People would pick up on underground music and score a few KSE poetry chapbooks at the same time. I’m also proud that, when I have done readings to support my two “real” poetry books published by Word Mechanics, about 80% of the audiences have been people who don’t read much or any poetry. They come up afterwards to chat or have a book signed and say things such as “wow, is that what poetry’s like? I like THAT!” Then I drop a few names that they might enjoy such as Diane Wakoski, James Tate, Cid Corman, Paul Blackburn, Gary Snyder, Jimmy Santiago Baca, etc.  (people whose books are easily available—-unfortunately, Doug Draime or Ronald Baatz or Misti Rainwater-Lites books aren’t available everywhere….yet), and a number of those folks start to integrate poetry into their aesthetic life and start checking the poetry sections when they are at indie bookstores in major cities. I believe that our work as small-press poets and as small-press publishers should be in attracting those kind of readers, not just to the wares offered by our own presses, but to the indie poetry world in general. I know there are cities where this is happening to some extent, but we don’t all live in San Francisco or Boulder. I can’t believe what an incredibly fertile time we’re living in right now in terms of the arts—in terms of the number of quality products being produced on a micro-distribution level by all kinds of artists in music, film, the visual arts, performance art, poetry, this decade is blowing away the 1960’s. Computer technology and the internet have caused artistic productivity to not just blossom, but take off into the stratosphere. Future generations will have to spend a LIFETIME to collect and digest even a small amount of what’s being produced now.

As many of you know, Kendra Steiner Editions will publish our 100th chapbook in July—in fact, it will be NEXT EXIT: SEVEN by RONALD BAATZ and LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL. I was asked by a friend the other day if we will issue some kind of collection to mark that event. No, we won’t. My attitude is that there will be time to “collect” and “review” when I’m retired and in my dotage. Right now, I want to keep the flow coming. There are so many fine poets doing so much fine work, and KSE is doing its part (with 27 poets in our stable now) to get some of that work out there, months or even weeks after it is written. And speaking for myself as poet now, not as publisher, I am regularly producing what KSE readers/customers seem to feel is quality work, and getting it into readers’ hands…and getting immediate feedback from those readers on three continents is exhilarating, and gives me the inspiration to keep writing, to reflect this crazy kind cruel lovable incoherent maddening and endlessly fascinating world in which we live, and more specifically Texas, my own little postage stamp of soil.

And I am inspired on a daily basis by the poets I have the privilege of working with on these KSE chapbooks, as we work together from conception to draft to editing to covers to finished product: the wisdom and zen calm of a Doug Draime; the dry humor and love of life and Classical knowledge base of a K. M. Dersley; the passion and dead-on social criticism and scathing wit of a Misti Rainwater-Lites; the hipness and cultural literacy of a Michael Layne Heath; the insightful vision and playful sensuality of an MK Chavez; the understated shaman-like transcendent clarity of a Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal; the craft and flow and smoldering righteous anger of a Christopher Cunningham; the bottom-dog working-class life experience and scalding case-hardened language of a Brad Kohler; the dizzying verbal acrobatics and sly ironic perspective of a Jim D. Deuchars; the Scottish psychedelic and philosophical poetic explorations of a Stuart Crutchfield. How could one NOT be inspired by working with such people?

At $4 each postpaid ($5 outside the US), each KSE chapbook is a concentrated poetic experience, all killer, no filler. Melts not in your hand, but in your mind. Try a few—-any 3 for $10 postpaid in the US. For pictures and brief write-ups of dozens of our earlier offerings, check the listing for KSE at Volcanic Tongue: http://www.volcanictongue.co.uk/label.php?lab=Kendra+Steiner+Editions

As always, thanks for reading the blog and for your support of our poetic offerings. Check back every week to see what’s happening.

April 15, 2008

NEXT EXIT: EIGHT (KSE #89) discussed at Orange Alert

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Thanks to Jason at Orange Alert for featuring the recent NEXT EXIT: EIGHT by HOSHO McCREESH and CALEB PUCKETT in this week’s “Orange Spotlight” :

http://wearduringorangealert.blogspot.com/2008/04/orange-spotlight_15.html

We don’t have a lot of these left, so check the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” listing to the right of this message for ordering information.

April 14, 2008

Jim D. Deuchars’ PIECES OF EIGHT (KSE #96) may be ordered now!

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Pittsburgh poet Jim D. Deuchars certainly has a devoted following. His new chapbook PIECES OF EIGHT (KSE #96) has a May release scheduled, but people are already trying to order it, so here’s the situation as of 4/14/08.

The book is completely edited and the covers are done and I sent a sample copy to Jim. When he gives the finished product the thumbs up in a few days, I’ll start sending them out. While Jim and I have worked together online with the editing/formatting/design of the book, I always want the poet to see and feel an ACTUAL COPY before we distribute any. So feel free to send an order now and it should go out within a week.

If you are new to KSE, books are $4 postpaid in the US, check payable to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233. If you are out of the US, books are $5 postpaid payable through paypal. E-mail me at django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice. In the US, you can also get any three chapbooks (only one copy of each, though) for $10 postpaid. We have many exciting recent releases available of brand new material from some of the finest working poets from Scotland to LA, from Georgia to Australia, from New Mexico to upstate New York, from Texas to Oregon to England. Click the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to the right of this message to see what’s available right now.

Jim will be doing two readings in support of his new chapbook over the next few months:

JUNE 5   at the CONNECTICUT BEAT POETRY FESTIVAL in South Windsor, CT;  and

MAY 19  at LINNEMAN’S RIVERWEST INN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin .

PIECES OF EIGHT is a real tour-de-force. When I approached Jim to do a chapbook for Kendra Steiner Editions, I asked him for an eight-page suite of eight poems. Well, Jim gave me eight alright…a series of poetic meditations on different applications and manifestations of EIGHT. Eight may appear in the poetic form or in the content or in subtle allusions and probably also appears in ways I’m too slow to figure out at this point. Yet every piece works beautifully without any concept to hang it on, and every piece has the usual bite and surreal vision and effortless flow one associates with Jim’s work. KSE is proud to issue this chapbook and proud to welcome Jim to the team, this “Nabokov of Kendra Steiner Editions.” Only 68 copies will be printed, so order soon.

And why not friend Jim on myspace—he regularly posts new work and I check his myspace blog DAILY for my fix of Deuchars. You will be hooked also. Access his page at http://www.myspace.com/jimddeuchars .

April 12, 2008

“Spirit” for voice and piano, now available for free download!!

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In 2007, San Antonio composer/musician/vocalist Paul Marbach—a good friend of Kendra’s and a friend of our family—set the poems in my 2006 chapbook SPIRIT to music, working for months on a voice-piano adaptation. The composition was finished in late 2007, and Paul made a reference recording with Kendra singing. The recording was not meant for release, but to document the composition and represent it to the music world. Paul Marbach has generously offered both the complete composition in sheet music form and the complete recording as free downloads.

The SPIRIT poems (volume 6 in the Sound Library series, KSE #11) were written in 2006 as a series of 11 short, sparse spiritual meditations, done as a tribute to and somewhat in the manner of the late minimalist spiritual poet Frank Samperi. The chapbook was published in an edition of about 50 copies, most of which were distributed here in San Antonio at readings and bookfair appearances, and also through Volcanic Tongue in Glasgow. SPIRIT might be a good candidate for the reprint series at some point, but it’s presently out of print.

Paul Marbach’s setting of SPIRIT for voice and piano is a beautiful, vibrant, and challenging piece (you musicians out there should download the sheet music to see how demanding a piece it actually is!!!). I hope you enjoy it! To download the sheet music from Sibelius Music , you’ll need to download the Sibelius Scorch software (it’s easy to do, and you’re guided step by step). To download or listen to the MP3 of the performance, you merely need to click on the link and wait…no special software required. I thank Paul for this wonderful composition and for making it available to us all gratis, and I thank Kendra for her powerful performance of it (and for being such a great daughter!).

To download sheet music of SPIRIT, music by Paul Marbach, words by Bill Shute,

http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/cgi-bin/show_score.pl?scoreid=122181

To download or listen to the performance (approx. 15 minutes) of SPIRIT by Kendra Shute (alto) and Seth Nelson (piano), recorded in November 2007,

http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/mp3/1/2/2/122181.mp3

Your comments and feedback are most welcome.

April 9, 2008

poem: Lonely Road (from ENVY)

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My late brother-in-law Bob fought a brave battle against cancer until his passing two years ago. His strength and humor and wisdom inspired this piece from ENVY (now available as a reprint, by the way!):

————————————————————————————

LONELY ROAD

 

     He did not go

               suddenly

          he’d said his

               goodbyes

          he’d kept his

               wit

          he’d had no

               quarrels

                    to settle

 

     He’d prepared himself

 

          by getting accustomed to

 

               no food,

                             then

               no water,

                              then

               no speech,

                                then

               no sight,

                              then

               no pulse,

                              then

 

like a child

 

      who’d been lost

 

          during a school outing

 

                to a petting zoo

 

he’d rejoined the group

     and they no longer

                worried

 

and they went

 

             back          home

 

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