Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

September 18, 2008

MK Chavez named “Beat Museum Poet of the Month”

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 12:19 pm

WOW! Congratulations, MK! The Beat Museum’s web page can be found here:

and then read MK’s exciting new poem “Mission Street Love Story” here:

What puts MK into a special category is that she has gone beyond  Beat poetry in her work, using it as a springboard or a catalyst to do new and original things in her work. I know—I was reading about 15 of MK’s poems yesterday as I was assembling NEXT EXIT: NINE, the chap that she is sharing with John Sweet that will be issued in about 3 weeks. There’s a sexual tension and a smoldering, disquieting undercurrent in a number of her pieces, yet there is also a crying out for joy, wherever joy may be found and in whatever minute quantities.  “Mission Street Love Story” has all the immediacy, the rich and intoxicating rush of detail, the spotlight on the outsider that one would see in Kerouac, Corso, or Wantling. This poem is not particularly avant-garde and post-modern,  but MK can work in a number of different styles and has also produced fine experimental works rooted more in the Burroughs/Berrigan side of the Beat experience.  No wonder Ms. Chavez was selected…

While MK’s KSE chapbook VISITATION is now out of print, her earlier Zeitgeist Press chapbook VIRGIN EYES is still available, and you can order it here:

And of course NEXT EXIT: NINE (KSE #112), featuring MK Chavez and John Sweet, will be available from KSE in about three weeks. Check back here at the blog around the first week in October…

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