Alas, the time has finally arrived…Kendra, the young lady after whom this small press is named, has relocated to Lubbock to attend college at Texas Tech. Kendra was very much involved in the formation of KSE back in early 2006, she read many of the texts aloud to analyze the “sound” (music is her area—many of your heard her performance of Paul Marbach’s setting of my suite of poems SPIRIT—-Kendra is a music major at Tech), and she served as a valuable bulls**t detector. Her great eye for style helped a lot with layout and formatting and feedback on the covers.
She’s always championed (as do I) the work of Doug Draime, Stuart Crutchfield, K. M. Dersley, and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, so it’s not surprising that these authors are among the most prolific at KSE. She is genuinely proud that KSE issued Misti Rainwater-Lites’ phenomenal series of poems addressed to her at-that-time-unborn son, LULLABIES FOR JACKSON. And every piece of mine was read aloud by her in an imitation of my style of reading when it was in its final draft form. Unless I’m reading a narrative poem such as POINT LOMA PURPLE, I tend to read in a sparse, emphatic yet silence-filled style that is the literary equivalent of Paul Bley’s piano technique, and Kendra’s got the rhythm and the flow and the silences down perfectly.
Lubbock is almost 8 hours from here, but with internet and cell phone she won’t be THAT far away. This is a big step forward in her life, and I and the rest of the family and her friends all wish her well.
Things won’t be the same without her sacrastic asides and her operatic vocals filling the house…