Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

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:

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:

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” :

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 .

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,

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

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!):




     He did not go


          he’d said his


          he’d kept his


          he’d had no


                    to settle


     He’d prepared himself


          by getting accustomed to


               no food,


               no water,


               no speech,


               no sight,


               no pulse,



like a child


      who’d been lost


          during a school outing


                to a petting zoo


he’d rejoined the group

     and they no longer



and they went


             back          home


5000+ visitors to KSE blog!

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This blog crossed the 5000 visitor mark last night. Thanks to all for visiting!

Doug Draime’s new selection of Oregon-based poems, LOVE & BLUES IN OREGON (KSE #94), is now available. In addition, the reprint of Stuart Crutchfield’s SHACK SIMPLE is out too. And MK Chavez’s awesome VISITATION is flying out of here. Those 3 would be a great combination for our 3-for-$10 deal!

Jim D. Deuchars’s PIECES OF EIGHT, the May release, will be out by May 1st as Jim needs copies for a reading in early May, so check the “available KSE chapbooks” listing to see when PIECES becomes available.

I’m very excited to announce that two fine NY-state poets have joined the KSE roster: John Sweet, who’ll be doing Next Exit: Nine with MK Chavez; and Ronald Baatz, who’ll be doing Next Exit: Seven with Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal.

And… both Michael Layne Heath and Christopher Cunningham will be doing all-new suites of poems for solo chapbooks later in 2008.

If you’ve wanted any of the chapbooks presently in-print, you should act now. About a dozen of them are down to the last few copies, so there will be a wholesale deletion of titles within a month, I’m sure. Four  of the Next Exit titles are already out of print, so it’s no longer possible to collect a complete set. And while the individual poets will surely be using their individual NE poems in other publications or posting them on the internet (as I did with two of mine from NE2), these works will never be reprinted in this format or combined into a book (although I’ve had offers for the latter, which I politely declined).

To publish and distribute NEW poetry monthly by working poets, and then getting these works into readers’ hands literally WEEKS after their composition, is exciting. Thanks to our customers/readers/reviewers for their support.

April 8, 2008

poem: Marion, Texas (from NEXT EXIT: TWO)

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Here’s another Texas-set poem of mine from NEXT EXIT: TWO. Hope you enjoy it.



   a   train       whistle

         deep   ,       textured   ,       prolonged           


     spreading  and  melting        across

        the  West  Side  of  Marion

            like  cheap  yellow  oleomargarine

                 on  burned  day-old  bread


                            calling    me    out    

                                             of  my  stupor


        town full of metal

             buildings   once  thought

                        temporary   (different  colors  of  paint

                                     having  faded   into  a dull   sameness)     ,   

                                but    lacking

                                    any  initiative  to  move

                                                                                   once   settled


                  porn rentals  (steeped with the flavor

                              of  yesterday’s  fried chicken)  

                                         under          the  convenience store  counter,


                  high school pregnancies      under                       the radar,   

                                  major-brand  beer               purchased in 24-packs


      the ruling class                            won’t even live here ,

                 supervising  their  properties

                        and  investments         ,         their tenants and

                               managers  and  go-fers     ,    from

                                         the  comfort  of  air-conditioned

                                                   San  Antonio  suburbs


           while  we  bake   in   our  mobile homes

                         and  labor in our metal workplace-furnaces


           crusts  hardening  and  thickening

                      until we become ash          to   be     scattered

                                                     to   be       liberated

                                                                 by  some  future    wind

                                                                                     from  the  East


poem: Kerrville, Texas (from NEXT EXIT: TWO)

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My forthcoming chapbook SHORE ACCESS takes place at an upscale restaurant in the Texas Hill Country, which reminded me that one of my pieces in NEXT EXIT: TWO had a similar setting. Since that book is out of print, I thought I’d make this 2007 poem available online. Hope you enjoy it…and will want a copy of SHORE ACCESS when it’s ready in late April:



   Mia serves    (with

        a  smile         and

              remembering  whose  daughter

                     is  in  Girl Scouts

                              and  whose son  is a

                                     junior at  Texas Tech)


          trout  almondine    to doctors        and bankers

                and  realtors   at   this       chic   and   shimmering

                       bistro      perched

                                      on     the   eastern   bank

                                               of   the   Guadalupe


          oversized   ice-water  goblets  sparkling

                       as  is the bloodless  smooth-jazz

                                  (loud enough to be sensed,

                                   soft enough to not intrude)

                           weaving itself  into       the   texture

                      of   the  dining  experience



             some ask      about her daughters,

                  some flirt,             some  tip

                                                twenty-five percent,


                  some  grin   and nod       and acknowledge

                    her     at the grocery store

                       or    at  Blockbuster Video



            but  she   never  allows      herself

                   to forget         that  her children

                          may  never  play with             or  marry



                   and  beyond that,      

                                                 she prays


                                                  that she’ll never      be


                                                          found      out


remaining NEXT EXIT volumes

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There are three remaining NEXT EXIT volumes in our series of ten. Here’s the tentative schedule:

JULY 2008 ,   NEXT EXIT: SEVEN, by Ronald Baatz and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal;

SEPTEMBER 2008 ,   NEXT EXIT: NINE, by MK Chavez and John Sweet;

DECEMBER 2008 ,   NEXT EXIT: TEN, by Misti Rainwater-Lites.

Misti’s solo volume will close the series. If you need a reminder, here are the volumes issued so far:

#1, doug draime/bill shute (OUT OF PRINT)
#2, thomas michael mcdade/bill shute (OUT OF PRINT)
#3, doug draime/misti rainwater-lites (fewer than 10 left as of 4/7/08 )
#4, zachary c. bush/brad kohler (OUT OF PRINT)
#5, christopher cunningham (solo) (OUT OF PRINT)
#6, k.m. dersley/adrian manning (fewer than 10 left as of 4/7/08 )
#8, hosho mccreesh/caleb puckett (fewer than 20 left as of 4/7/08 ).

KSE upcoming releases for April-October 2008

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20 April 2008,  DOUG DRAIME, “Love & Blues in Oregon”


20 May 2008,  JIM D. DEUCHARS, “Pieces of Eight”


20 June 2008,  ADRIAN MANNING, “Wide Asleep, Fast Awake”




20 August 2008, CHRISTOPHER CUNNINGHAM, as-yet-untitled new suite of poems


20 September 2008, MK CHAVEZ/JOHN SWEET, “Next Exit: Nine”


20 October 2008, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, as-yet-untitled new suite of poems


new Hosho McCreesh interview

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Check out this new interview with Hosho McCreesh at Paula Cary’s POET HOUND. Hosho discusses the creation of his KSE chapbook 37 PSALMS FROM THE BADLANDS, his aesthetic as a poet and artist, his native New Mexico, and his life experiences. You really get a sense of the man and his work from this piece:

(note: alas, I can’t provide autographed copies of KSE chapbooks (unless you would want me to sign something of mine) as suggested at the end of this interview, since I am located in San Antonio and the authors are NOT)

April 2, 2008

April 2008 new releases

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Two new releases and a vintage reprint coming this month:

KSE #94,  DOUG DRAIME, “Love & Blues In Oregon”

11 previously unpublished gems from Doug’s archives, both new and old, set in his adopted home state of Oregon.


KSE #92, BILL SHUTE, “Shore Access” (Sound Library Series, volume 31)

New suite of poems set in Marble Falls, Texas, dealing with three employees at a lakefront restaurant…and the hierarchies of small-town life. Dedicated to my fellow food-service workers!



Acclaimed 2006 meditations on rural Western Scotland inspired by the American poet Lew Welch. From Glasgow poet/philosopher Stuart Crutchfield (now resident in Australia, where it’s already tomorrow—hey, Stu!!!) who has published eight chapbooks through KSE (4 solo, 4 collaborations) and two others elsewhere. All ten are highly recommended if you can find them. SHACK SIMPLE sold out in a few weeks in 2006. Don’t miss it this time around.


These will be available by April 20, if not sooner. Check the blog for details.

Jim D. Deuchars’s exciting May chapbook, “Pieces of Eight,” is now finished, and it is a monster! Jim is one of the most original poets working today, he’s got a razor-sharp wit and brings great intelligence and craft to his work. Jim has a mid-May reading scheduled in Wisconsin, so we’ll be putting the book out in early May (instead of the 20th) so Jim can promote/sell the book at his reading.

And Adrian Manning’s mind-blowing, Sonic Youth-inspired suite of poems, “Wide Asleep, Fast Awake,” is also finished and scheduled for June.

And the final three NEXT EXIT volumes will be coming out as the year progresses.

And Michael Layne Heath will be back for a second KSE chapbook this fall, following on the heels of his stellar “Sacred Grounds” chapbook (less than a half dozen of those left, by the way).

And I’m making plans for a year-long, multi-poet project for 2009.

Finally, if you live in an area where Guerilla Poetics Project operatives leave broadsides in books, do look for the powerful new pieces by Christopher Cunningham (“the wounded trees are still dying”) and Glenn W. Cooper (“New Toy”). Really substantial works from each poet in under 25 lean lines each. Less is definitely more in the hands of these two gentlemen. OR read them at the GPP website:

Stay tuned.

As always, best wishes and positive vibrations from South Texas.

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