The “orange spotlight” over at WHAT TO WEAR DURING AN ORANGE ALERT is turned on A. J. Kaufmann’s EAST-WEST TRAIN (KSE #106) this week. Jason had this to say about Kaufmann’s latest:
A.J. Kaufmann East-West Train: Sound Library Series, Vol. 35 (Kendra Steiner Editions #106, 7/08)
“… departing as scheduled luggage racks empty unfilled w/ your rain & your rain… how it adds to the morning…”
I believe I have said this before, but I really enjoy KSE’s Sound Library series. I know many of you out there can not listen to music while you read, but I suggest you listen to the song or album first and then read the poems. The subject for this chap, AJ Kaufmann’s second KSE release, is the wonderful album Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk. I don’t want to delve to far into the album itself, but if you can recall Trans-Europe is such an airy and epic journey that seems to glide along the hillsides and meadows, towns and villas, with songs like “Franz Schubert” and “Endless Endless” and of course the title track. Yet for all their beauty there was that disconnect, the electronic coldness that loomed in the distance. Kaufmann’s poems have that same feel as he rides through Paris, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Warsaw, and Prypiat, looking at the world through glass. In a world of synthetic coffee, showroom dummies (or mannequins) dance and the train moves on to new discoveries. AJ does not only relive the album, but adds an even stranger view as he translates the music into words. It really is magical.
There were only 54 copies of East-West Train by A.J. Kaufmann printed and I hold copy #20 in my hand. To order you copy send a check for $4 (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399, San Antonio, Texas, 78233.
You can read the piece in its original context at http://wearduringorangealert.blogspot.com/2008/09/orange-spotlight_09.html . Scroll down below the Dylan Champagne album and you’ll see it.
Congrats to AJ—this is, truly, a “magical” collection of poems. Check out the ordering information to your right at the “Available KSE poetry chapbooks” page. A.J. first KSE chapbook, SIVA IN RAGS, is almost sold out, so be sure to order that today along with EAST-WEST TRAIN.