Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

July 22, 2008

Three new KSE chapbooks: Draime; Kaufmann; Baatz & Shute

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 9:05 pm

Three new poetry chapbooks for late July/early August. More specifics will follow later, but I wanted to announce that these are available NOW and all are must-reads, in my humble opinion.

First, a stunning new extended “list poem” called BONES (KSE 107) from legendary west-coast poet DOUG DRAIME. Worthy of a Ginsberg or a Ted Berrigan, it’s 110% Draime and covers the “bones” of every imaginable aspect of history and society and life. In the words of the late great Doug Sahm, it’s a “Song of Everything.” This is a brand-new work commissioned from Mr. Draime for KSE.

Next, A. J. Kaufmann is back with a second KSE chap, the 35th entry in our Sound Library Series, called EAST-WEST TRAIN (KSE 106), inspired by the seminal Kraftwerk album TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS. It’s a wild ride beginning in Paris and ending in Prypiat, Ukraine, the abandoned city near the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Kaufmann’s work grows out of the visionary side of Beat poetry, but he’s a total original.

Finally, much-acclaimed Woodstock-area poet RONALD BAATZ and I have a new collaborative work called THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE PLUM (KSE 105) , in the five-line stanza format Ronald has used so well in some of his earlier works. The setting is rural New York state in Winter, which was quite enjoyable for me to write as at the time I was staying in the 100-degree heat of San Saba, Texas. Ronald and I are both very proud of this chapbook—joining forces we have created a new work that’s not really like either of our solo works.

Mid-August or so we should have three more new chapbooks:

BROKEN from Debbie Kirk (KSE #108);

IN GAMBLER’S BLOOD (Sound Library Series, Volume 36–KSE #110) from Christopher Cunningham, set in the world of poker and inspired by the music of Ennio Morricone;

and the ninth volume in our Creel Pone Sound Study series, ELECTRONIC MYTH (KSE #109), a collab between Glasgow poet Stuart Crutchfield and yours truly.

Keep checking the KSE blog for details.

Ordering info can be found at (which is located just to the right of this message on the “available KSE chapbooks” page)

Best wishes and positive vibrations from San Antonio…

UK popsike/freakbeat fans should definitely check out the new French compilation of the complete works of THE STATE OF MICKY & TOMMY and related recordings they played on, including many tracks from obscure French EP’s and film soundtracks. It’s been blasting non-stop for the last 4 days at the KSE offices. Available in the US from Bomp.

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