Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

June 28, 2008

A. J. Kaufmann’s “Siva In Rags” (KSE #102) now available

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Like a poetic love child of Gregory Corso and Patti Smith, a child who was left to grow up in Western Poland and is only now checking out the larger world looking to reconnect with his parents, Polish beat-poet A. J. KAUFMANN has broken onto the international poetry scene in the last year, appearing in many of the best online literary journals and also starting his own kick-ass online journal, EVISCERATOR HEAVEN. An experimentalist in the best sense of that word (someone who experiments with form, looking for a new form for each work, not someone who is incoherent for incoherence’s sake), Kaufmann has taken the inspiration of Burroughs, Corso, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Richard Hell, etc. and used these authors as a springboard to blast him into his own poetic stratosphere, one that’s fresh and original and alive on the page. What a refreshing change of pace to find someone who is pursuing new paths in the visionary tradition of the Beats.

After reading some of A.J.’s work online and friending him on myspace, I invited him to submit some material he thought was in keeping with the KSE aesthetic yet 100% Kaufmann, and he delivered in spades. So from the 30+ pages of mind-frying poems he sent me, we’ve cherry-picked 10 pages for his debut Kendra Steiner Editions chapbook, SIVA IN RAGS. Between the shimmering, multi-colored ripples on the Ganges River depicted on the front cover, and icon of cool Nico applying lipstick on the back cover, this is a chapbook that starts where MEXICO CITY BLUES and WICHITA VORTEX SUTRA leave off.

SIVA IN RAGS is set in cramped, “busy” type (Reprise Stamp for the cover, Cambria for the text) to reinforce the edginess and jittery caffeine-fueled flow of this verse. As I said a while back when announcing Kaufmann’s joining the KSE lineup,  “Reading his work reminds me of the excitement I felt when I first read Gregory Corso, Lewis MacAdams, or Ted Berrigan 30+ years ago, the blunt-edged kaleidoscopic slash of the lines and the images, the flow like cheap malt liquor, the visionary of the urban wasteland.”

You don’t want to miss this one. In the USA, $4.00 payable to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233. Outside of the USA, $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com, and request a paypal invoice.

And next weekend, our next chapbook will be released, KSE #103, GARDEN OF ROCKS, the newest chapbook from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, powerful new poems written in the last two months!

Remember, in the USA you can get 3 different chaps for $10 postpaid. Check the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your right to see what’s presently in-stock…

Now over 7700 visitors to the KSE blog…thanks for your interest and support.

June 22, 2008

two new reviews in UGLY THINGS #27

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I just turned in two 300-word reviews (all I had time to do this issue) for the upcoming UGLY THINGS magazine #27:

GENE VINCENT, A MILLION SHADES OF BLUE (Rev-Ola UK), which is a reissue of Gene’s final two albums, originally on the Kama Sutra label, released in 1970 and 1971, the first of which finds him backed by members of San Antonio’s own Sir Douglas Quintet!   …and

V.A., CRASH OF THUNDER: BOSS SOUL, FUNK, and R&B SIDES FROM THE KING, FEDERAL, and DeLUXE LABELS (Vampi-Soul, Spain), which is a 20-track compilation of obscure 45’s from the late 60’s issued on Cincinnati’s King family of labels, mostly from Southern and Midwestern artists with local fan-bases who got their one big break to have a record released on a national label. Some artists such as Marie Queenie Lyons, Charles Spurling, and Mickey Murray have become cult artists among soul fanatics; others such as The Swinging Seven, The Presidents, and Lord Thunder are relatively unknown.

UGLY THINGS is the definitive magazine devoted to 60s beat/punk/psychedelia and beyond, and it has been for 25 years. I’ve been working with editor Mike Stax on various projects since the 1980s. Check it out at  http://www.ugly-things.com/ . I’m guessing that issue #27 will be out in the early Fall.

June 19, 2008

Kendra Steiner Editions issues 100th poetry chapbook

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(note: I’ve posted the following message on some discussion lists today)

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KENDRA STEINER EDITIONS ISSUES 100th POETRY CHAPBOOK

Kendra Steiner Editions, of San Antonio, Texas, and Glasgow, Scotland, has issued its 100th poetry chapbook:

 

KSE #100, NEXT EXIT: SEVEN by Ronald Baatz and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal.

 

Singled out in Cherrybleeds and Arthur magazines as a unique small-press with a distinctive vision and a strong international line-up of poets, KSE commissions new work from our writers and offers it up in small, inexpensive, numbered home-made editions in the tradition of both d.a. levy’s mimeographed editions and the D.I.Y. spirit and aesthetic of punk.

 

Our poets (so far) include:

 

doug draime  +  david keenan  +  michael casey  

 

 stuart crutchfield  +  k.m. dersley

 

luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal + bill  shute 

 

 byron coley + michael ceraolo

 

misti rainwater-lites + thomas michael mcdade

 

 mark weber + zachary c. bush + aleathia drehmer

 

christopher cunningham + caleb puckett

 

hosho mccreesh + adrian manning

 

glenn w. cooper + michael layne heath 

 

 brad kohler + debbie kirk

 

mk chavez + jim d. deuchars

 

ronald baatz + john sweet + a. j. kaufmann

 

 

Other recent releases include

 

#99,  ALEATHIA DREHMER, thickets of mayapple: letters for edward;

 

#98,  ADRIAN MANNING, wide asleep, fast awake (sound library series, volume 33);

 

#97,  STUART CRUTCHFIELD, ozzified;

 

#96,  JIM D. DEUCHARS, pieces of eight;

 

#95,  BILL SHUTE, quartet: improvisations on the mandukya upanishad;

 

#94,  DOUG DRAIME, love & blues in oregon.

 

Forthcoming chaps this summer will include

 

 A. J. KAUFMANN, siva in rags;

 

LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, garden of rocks;

 

MK CHAVEZ / JOHN SWEET, next exit: nine;

 

and new collections  from Debbie Kirk, Christopher Cunningham, and Zachary C. Bush.

 

Pictures and descriptions of previous books can be found at

 

http://www.volcanictongue.co.uk/label.php?lab=Kendra%20Steiner%20Editions

 

 

A list of books presently available along with ordering instructions can be found at

 

https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/available-kse-poetry-chapbooks

 

 

For further information, please contact Bill Shute at django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

 

Review copies are available–please send a sample of your magazine or a link to your online journal/zine. We are also happy to trade with other small presses.  

 

Thanks!

 

Bill Shute

 

San Antonio, Texas

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June 17, 2008

new chapbooks scheduled for July 2008

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We’re in the final editing phase of two new chapbooks of poetry, recently composed especially for KSE, from two fine poets:

KSE #102, SIVA IN RAGS  by A. J. Kaufmann

Mr. Kaufmann is a new addition to the KSE lineup, hailing from Poznan, Poland. Reading his work reminds me of the excitement I felt when I first read Gregory Corso, Lewis MacAdams, or Ted Berrigan 30+ years ago, the blunt-edged kaleidoscopic slash of the lines and the images, the flow like cheap malt liquor, the visionary of the urban wasteland. An exciting new collection.

KSE #103,  GARDEN OF ROCKS by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

The fourth KSE chapbook from this Los Angeles-based poetic shaman, one of the most respected voices of today’s small press world. These pieces were composed in May 2008, some of them inspired by Luis’s close study of the work of French symbolist poet Paul Valery. Luis contemplates life, death, love, loss, meaning, and faith in stark, powerful language rooted in the details of everyday life. His previous chaps for KSE are WITHOUT PEACE, KEEPERS OF SILENCE, and most recently NEXT EXIT: SEVEN (with Ronald Baatz). He’s also published the essential book RAW MATERIALS (Pygmy Forest Press), a full-length collection of poetry.

Keep checking the blog for release details. Also, I should have my own new suite of poems, FACE TO FACE (KSE #101), ready sometime in July, so we’ll have three new chaps available then.

However, for now don’t forget you can score copies of THESE gems immediately :

#100, RONALD BAATZ / LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, next exit: seven;

#99,  ALEATHIA DREHMER, thickets of mayapple: letters for edward;

#98, ADRIAN MANNING, wide asleep, fast awake (sound library series, volume 33);

#97,  STUART CRUTCHFIELD, ozzified;

#96, JIM D. DEUCHARS, pieces of eight;

#95,  BILL SHUTE, quartet: improvisations on the mandukya upanishad; 

#94, DOUG DRAIME, love & blues in oregon.

Any 3 chaps for $10 postpaid in the US. Check payable to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233. Outside the US, $5 each postpaid. E-mail your order to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com, and we’ll e-mail you a paypal invoice and ship upon receipt of payment. Pretty much EVERY chapbook up through #92 is now sold out, so act now or regret it later. As always, thanks for your interest and your support. 

June 16, 2008

KSE #3, SILHOUETTES (sound library series, volume 1)

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I was planning on having SILHOUETTES, KSE #3 from Spring 2006 (sound library series, volume 1), as the final entry in our reissue series, coming out in July 2008, but instead I am making it available free here at the KSE blog. Hope you enjoy it. These pieces went over well in readings in support of TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY, and most of the original printings were distributed here in San Antonio and through Volcanic Tongue, so I doubt most of you have read this. These poems are quite different from what I’m writing today although those of you who have read the pieces I’ve written along the way can see how I got from SILHOUETTES to LUNA AMERICANA or SLASH & BURN. This chapbook will NOT appear in the SAN ANTONIO SKY SONGS “Selected Poems” collection coming out in 2009.

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SILHOUETTES (sound library series, volume 1)

I     MASTER KEY

 

 

cracks deepening

     in the courthouse

          steps

 

 

                                  chives growing

                                       wild     under

                                            the child’s

                                                 bedroom

                                            window,

                                                               behind

                                       rusted burglar

                                  bars

  

jurors, wrapped

     in sheets of

          rain, waiting

     for taxis

or pre-arranged

     rides

 

 

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 II     FEELING FREE

 

Hortencia, thumbing

     through yellowed playbills

and clippings from

     Variety, imagined

her mother’s life

     on the stage

 

 

 

                                                 the brassy, swinging

                                                      pit-bands;

                                                 the oily, vain

                                                      dancers, slicked

                                                 back and swaggering;

                                                 the 3 a.m. train-

                                                      stations; the

                                                 interchangeable diners

                                                      that didn’t serve

                                                 menudo; close,

                                                      but never

                                                 intimate

 

 

  

smelling the

     cedar,

brushing off

     cobwebs,

wiping away

     tears

 

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III     EXCHANGES

 

 

Jimmy Witherspoon cried

     the blues on

          the radio

     Thursday at 3 a.m.

while Sam sipped

 

 

 

four-hour-old bitter

     coffee, wondering

          how he

     wound up without

his wife or daughter,

     and framed for

a theft at

     his workplace

 

 

  

he’d only meant to

     help when he

drove his buddy

     George’s girlfriend

to the clinic

     back in 1971

 

 

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 IV     BRIGHT AND SHINING

 

 

long ago and

     far away when

          Maria attended that

               master-class in chord

                    substitution and harmonic tension

                         with Stan Kenton

                              at North Texas

                                   State University in

                              August, sipping

                         honey-laced Darjeeling

                    tea, hearing effervescent

               harmonies in her head,

          fantasizing about joining

     Stan’s road band, changing

life through art

 

  

it seemed

     lifetimes ago

yet so close she

     could still almost

taste the grassy

     Denton prairie air

 

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V     VOICES IN THE WIND

 

southwest of

     San Antonio Speedway

          on Highway 16 toward

               Poteet, home of

                    giant strawberries

 

 

shaded by

     staggered Honey

          Mesquite trees, rabbits

               chewing fallen seed

                    pods, jets from the

                         Air Force Base

                              slicing the silence

 

 

the caravan chugged

     along for two days,

          yet they were still

               in Texas

              

 

 

existing

             in space

swimming upstream

                                 against time

abstraction like sand

                                 through the toes

of all who walk

                         who cast down

their buckets

                     where they are

and hear

              the voices of

                                    the new earth

 

June 13, 2008

new flash fiction from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

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check out this new one from Luis, “Eating Glass,” at

http://dogzplot.blogspot.com/2008/06/eating-glass-luis-c-berriozabal.html

June 8, 2008

R.I.P. John Phillip Law (1937-2008)

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John Phillip Law was and is one of my favorite actors, starring in many legendary films and always making a strong impression. Also, from what I’ve heard from those who’d met him, he was a kind and thoughtful man. Mr. Law passed away in May 2008, although I just heard about it today.

Think of some of the classic films in which he starred:

DEATH RIDES A HORSE

BARBARELLA

SKIDOO

DANGER: DIABOLIK

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD

THE LAST MOVIE

BLOOD DELIRIUM

CQ

OPEN SEASON

 

and many others. He worked extensively in Europe and in American independent cinema and worked with directors such as Mario Bava, Dennis Hopper, Otto Preminger, Roger Vadim, Roman Coppola, Giulio Petroni, and Peter Collinson (who used him 3 times in quick succession in the 70s). He also did a stint on daytime TV’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in the late 1990’s. Just a week before his passing he appeared at the L.A. Silent Movie Theatre for a screening of THE LAST MOVIE featuring director-star Dennis Hopper. Characteristically, he stayed in the audience unannounced until he asked a question during the Q&A period. Footage of this “reunion” with Hopper can be seen on You Tube. He is a man I’ve always admired, though I never had the privilege of meeting him. God bless you, Mr. Law.

Check out the following trailer for JPL in his prime:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p17i0CoHBUU

 

June 7, 2008

Mike Wallace, archived 1957-1958 interviews

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Here’s a fascinating resource that hasn’t received much fanfare, but should keep anyone occupied for hours! Mike Wallace evidently gave some of his personal archive to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Ransom Center has put a number of 1957-58 interviews from Wallace’s “Night Beat” program online. The incredible diversity of people featured here, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell, is a testimony to Wallace’s nose for a good story. Everyone from Gloria Swanson to Eleanor Roosevelt, from a soldier who defected to the other side during the Korean War to writer Aldous Huxley, from actor Anthony Perkins to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, from Salvador Dali to Oscar Hammerstein, from 20s pop culture hero Rudy Vallee to UAW labor leader Walter Reuther, from stripper Lili St. Cyr to birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, from segregationist Governor Orval Faubus to jockey Eddie Arcaro, from Frank Lloyd Wright to Communist Party USA boss Earl Browder. What an amazing resource. I’ve watched only a few so far, but to see in a relatively informal setting so many important historical and cultural figures who in many cases we know today only through pictures and words on a page is a wonderful thing IMHO. So put down the KSE chapbooks for a little while (just a little while, though) and watch some of these interviews. You’ll be glad you did!

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/collections/film/holdings/wallace/

ps, what a Belmont Stakes that was today!!!

Bill Shute , SAN ANTONIO SKY SONGS: SELECTED POEMS 2005-2008

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SAN ANTONIO SKY SONGS: SELECTED POEMS 2005-2008, a 64-page, perfect-bound book containing 10-12 of Bill Shute’s out-of print solo chapbooks should be appearing in mid-2009 from Word Mechanics of Palm Springs, California, publishers of Bill’s previous two poetry books, TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY: THE LABOURS OF HERCULES IN THE LONE STAR STATE (2006) and POINT LOMA PURPLE (2007),  and successful business/trade/technical publishers.

I’ve been surveying some of the most devoted KSE readers about their choices for inclusion in this volume. To keep the cost down, we will not be using any of the chaps that included artwork within the body of the book (such as RED DIPTYCH or TEXTURE AND ACCIDENT). If you have any suggestions, let me know. FOUR TEXAS STREAMS and PROTOTYPE appeared at the end of my previous book POINT LOMA PURPLE, so those would not be appearing again here.

In terms of reader response and critical reaction when they were originally issued, NORWICH UNVEILED and SAN ANTONIO GOOD FRIDAY and SHORE ACCESS will definitely be included. It’s been interesting to hear from readers about works that particularly spoke to them—-YANTRA or SYMPHONIE ROUGE or ILLUSION OF MOTION or FIRE OF THE ACTUAL—-which I myself had not looked at for awhile. I’ll probably make the selections by the end of summer and then present a tentative list to the publisher. Feel free to send me any feedback prior to that.

“Three for Bob Dylan” by Glenn W. Cooper

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Australian poet Glenn W. Cooper has posted three beautiful new poems related to Bob Dylan at his myspace blog. You need to read them! The link is below. Glenn published the much-acclaimed RIMBAUD IN THE CITY: 10 SNAPSHOTS through KSE in January, which just sold out within the last week. He is also the author of PLANET ALI and SOME NATURAL THINGS.

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=34003506&blogID=403503033

June 6, 2008

as we enter June 2008

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Thanks to all who sent e-mails and messages while I was down after surgery—-all very much appreciated! While I could not DO much, I could still think and plan…and it also allowed me to watch a number of films, particularly silent films, which demand total concentration.

We’ve been moving a lot of the recent books this week, so act now for any that interest you. I have very little free time in June and July due to the nature of my job, so although I’ll be writing and editing during that period, there probably won’t be many (or any) new chapbooks until mid-July, and in the July-August period we may well have five or six appearing. New solo chaps from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal and Debbie Kirk and Christopher Cunningham, some collabs, my solo FACE TO FACE, and a collaboration I’m doing with the legendary Ronald Baatz called THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE PLUM. It’s an honor to work with Mr. Baatz, and this new duo-chap (which is about 1/2 done) will be awesome…I can already feel it. It’s also forcing me, here in South Texas, to work in a setting of East Coast Winter, which is certainly a challenge. But challenge is good and forces us to evolve and to change. That’s why I’ve thrown myself into three different collaborations for this summer—-the one mentioned above, another one with Zachary C. Bush, and a third with Stuart Crutchfield. Collaboration involves having to meet those poets halfway and on a turf neither mine nor theirs (kind of like two teams playing neither a home or away game, but a game at a third location), according to rules/formats/prosodies/image patterns/etc. that we establish in advance through negotiation. Artistically it’s a challenge, but is very rewarding.

I’ve also been reading and would like to champion three fine books that you can order easily online…and should.

First, I just re-read for the fifth or sixth time the amazing THE FILMS OF LARRY BUCHANAN: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION by film archivist/scholar/critic Rob Craig. Maverick Texas director Buchanan has always been a huge influence on my own work, with his unique vision of Texas as a wasteland of sprawl and suburbs and stripmalls and a shadowy military presence. Also, his films have such a distinctive look and feel and construction—-for instance, no one who has seen the first five minutes of IT’S ALIVE, with its stark minimalism worthy of a Warhol or an Antonioni but done on a Texas exploitation film level, ever forgets it. Surely many change the channel when confronted by an unhappy couple sitting rigidly in the front seat of a car driving in a rural area with the camera focussed on windshield wipers going back and forth and back and forth over a dirty windshield, smearing the dirt and producing an annoying “squeak” with each pass, but it’s an amazing image and totally sets the tone for the work we are about to see. Rob’s book covers Buchanan’s fascinating personal history and also features a detailed chapter on each extant film. Highly recommended to anyone interested in regional and independent film-making! Order from the publisher, McFarland, at www.mcfarlandpub.com .

Next is the new one from New Mexico’s great poet HOSHO McCREESH, author of two KSE chapbooks, 37 PSALMS FROM THE BADLANDS and NEXT EXIT: EIGHT (w/ Caleb Puckett), both now out-of-print, which is even more reason for grabbing this new 100-copy edition from Bottle of Smoke Press (http://www.bospress.net/order.html). MARCHING UNABASHED THROUGH THE WEEPING, SEARING SUN… is a series of poetic reports-from-the-frontlines from a man who has been to the edge, stared into the void, and come back to depict it in verse. The painterly style of his KSE chaps mixes here with a more epigrammatic style (as seen in his recent GPP broadside “Crux”), creating precisely chiseled miniatures burning with both New Mexico heat and with righteous anger. There’s also an undercurrent of violence running through the pieces, but McCreesh knows that from violence comes change, comes creation. For only six dollars plus postage, MARCHING UNABASHED is a necessary purchase from one of America’s most essential poets. And while you are at the Bottle of Smoke ordering page, why not also purchase a copy of Adrian Manning’s REPEATING THE MANTRA, another essential poetic work.

Last but not least  (and I can’t imagine any book following this one!) is the recent anthology SIRENS: FIVE FEMME FATALE POETS, available from http://www.sirens5.com/ . With a society built around the needs/wants of males and with so many laughable male tough-guy-posers in the small-press poetry world, who can blame these ladies for letting out a howl of indignation, but it’s also a howl of liberation, of self-identity, of creation. A sexual howl, a siren song calling us…into a vortex…a 300 page vortex. SIRENS collects the poetry, art, interviews, and prose of five major femme poets:

Debbie Kirk’s poems are charged with concentrated energy, formed on the page like open wounds…vivid, precise, searing, not a word wasted. Debbie takes us on a guided tour of the parts of life we often choose to look away from out of cowardice while they are happening to us. I feel revived after reading Debbie Kirk’s poetry, as if I’d just seen James Brown or Stiv Bators in their respective primes. She’s also got a great acid wit. This is a dynamite selection, a fine intro to Debbie’s work. “Not even serpents/ will keep me company / and this gun / is my four leaf clover.” Be sure to check out her website, http://www.tntkirk.com/ . Debbie will have a chapbook of all-new work coming out from KSE this summer!

Iris Berry offers a number of extended pieces with a great flow through a world of binge drinking and dysfunctional families and children whose dreams are shot down and characters who are their own worst enemies. Well-known for her spoken-word work and her acting as well as for her fiction, poetry, and non-fiction prose and columns, Iris Berry is yet another L.A.-based artist who has not yet gotten her due. Her nine-page “Greetings from Branford Park” is a modern classic, as are a number of her other pieces here. I’m drained after taking this ride with Iris, but I want more.

Each of Cynthia Ruth Lewis’s poems taunts the reader, challenges us to question our assumptions, to look at the arbitrary nature of our “reality.” She also takes the reader into, very much into, personal and intimate sides of the speaker’s life. It’s a combination of hard and soft, just like sex or art or life. Lewis probes into the psychology of her characters, masterfully assembling the daily-life details about what f**ks us up, thus offering us a way to take a step outside of our selves and do the same analysis on our  fears and phobias and obsessions. After reading Ms. Lewis, I feel as though I just downed a bottle of scotch over six hours of intimate talk from the heart and from the gut with some passing ship in the night whom I’ll never see again but who will change my perspective on everything. However, I hope I see her again in print…soon!

Misti Rainwater-Lites is no stranger to KSE, having done two chaps for us, with a third coming in November/December. Nobody nails the pain and cheap thrills and existential nausea of American (and, more specifically, Texas) life better than Misti. Reading the poems here, many of which I’d read before but are always welcome back again, I’m struck at how clearly this lady weaves statements of her poetic aesthetic into everything she writes, alongside the empty sex to which we are drawn like moths to a flame, and the images from dollar stores, strip bars, and trash culture, in between the TV-dinner trays and cockroach corpses. Misti is the poet laureate of beaten-down working-class America.

SIRENS closes with the poetry and prose of Jude Lynn, a Guinness-drinker (I’ll raise a glass in her honor!) working out of Kent, Ohio. In her two-page prose piece “Swell and Hatch Into The Fold,” she captures the development of a three-year relationship totally, instead of wasting our time with a full book as some novelist would do. Images such as the beer-pi*s golden sh*wer will not go away…as much as I may want them to! And the M&M image in “All The World Wants An*l”—-well, you’ll just have to read that one for yourself. The scalding “Tough Guy: A Three-Part Observation in Reverse” should be required reading for all us guys if we really want to know how we are viewed by the women we hang out and/or sleep with. There’s more useful wisdom about why the world’s the way it is in the three paragraphs of “O, We’re All In Trouble” than there would be in 15 years of Oprah shows and all the pop psychology books and CDs in the world. It’s there for the taking—-Jude Lynn has offered it to us, and it’s up to us whether we’re gonna learn anything from it or continue to be self-absorbed a-holes. I wasn’t familiar with Ms. Lynn’s work prior to this book, but a good anthology always presents writers unfamiliar to us whom we NEEDED to know about but just didn’t know it.

This anthology is 300 pages of raw power for only $7.99 and $2.99 postage ($10.98 total), and you can pay via paypal at the website or send a check to Sisyphus Press, P.O. Box 10495, State College, Pa. 16805-0495. It’s only June, but I can surely say that this is one of the best anthologies of the year, an essential and primal blast of supercharged girl power that will strip the paint from your safe assumptions. Bravo to editor Victor Thorn and to these five poets—-KIRK, BERRY, LEWIS, RAINWATER-LITES, and LYNN—-for producing a work of real substance. I have a feeling that this SIRENS anthology will be a defining work of this age, the way films such as RIVER’S EDGE, BLUE VELVET, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, or SERIAL MOM were defining works of the 80s and 90s. There was a seminal anthology put out in 1962 by Totem/Corinth called FOUR YOUNG LADY POETS, best known today for introducing Diane Wakoski (and the ladies in SIRENS are certainly daughters of Wakoski’s MOTORCYCLE BETRAYAL POEMS-period) and the late Carol Berge to the general poetry world—-maybe SIRENS is the 2008 energy-drink fueled answer to that classic work.

Back to the business of KSE—-sending out orders, working on editing the upcoming collections, writing pieces for the Baatz/Shute collaboration. Have a great weekend. I’ll also give Brad Kohler a call for his “tips” on tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes…will Big Brown continue to dominate, or will Casino Drive or Ichabod Crane show Brown to be over-rated?

June 5, 2008

PIECES OF EIGHT reviewed in ORANGES & SARDINES magazine

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Wonderful, insightful review of Jim D. Deuchars’s KSE chapbook PIECES OF EIGHT by poet Courtney J. Campbell in the new ORANGES & SARDINES magazine, an exciting journal with lots of superb poetry and art. Kudos to publisher Didi Menendez for a job well done.

I don’t want to copy the review here—-it’s the property of O&A. However, they have generously offered the entire magazine for free as a PDF file, so download the file, and then scroll down to page 30 and read the review. Better yet, pour yourself a cold beer and read the entire magazine!

Here’s the link to the PDF file:

http://cdn2.libsyn.com/miporadio/OSsummer.pdf?nvb=20080605152128&nva=20080606152128&t=0568ee714669b2dd59d83

11 more KSE chapbooks now sold out

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The following chapbooks are now sold out:

#91, BILL SHUTE, afterglow (sound library series, volume 30);

#90, MK CHAVEZ, visitation;

#89, HOSHO McCREESH/CALEB PUCKETT, next exit: eight  (New Mexico and Oklahoma);

#88, BILL SHUTE, luna americana (creel pone sound study #8 );

#80, K.M. DERSLEY/ADRIAN MANNING, NEXT EXIT: SIX (all-England volume);

#87, DOUG DRAIME, last may (1968 );

#83, GLENN W. COOPER, rimbaud in the city: 10 snapshots;

#82, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, keepers of silence;

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

#68, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, lullabies for jackson;

#59, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, without peace .

The following two are running low. Order now if you’d like these:

#93, BILL SHUTE, transparency (sound library series, volume 32);

#92, BILL SHUTE, shore access (sound library series, volume 31).

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