Thanks to Jason at What To Wear During An Orange Alert for this write-up on Christopher Cunningham’s exciting new KSE chapbook, IN GAMBLER’S BLOOD (KSE #110). And each copy includes an different original watercolor by the poet! See “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your right for ordering info. Here’s the link to the piece: http://wearduringorangealert.blogspot.com/2008/10/orange-spotlight_20.html . Or read it here, then click over to OA:
Christopher Cunningham In Gambler’s Blood (Kendra Steiner Editions #110, Sept. 2008)“The air is heavy with rent money and pain.”
I’ve never been much of a gambler in life or at the tables. In fact, I’ve only been to the casino once and it was rather a sad scene. Mostly elderly folks parked in front of video games blowing what’s left of their pensions and social security checks. They are hopeful but lost with no other place to go. I left feeling empty and $20 lighter, and I knew I would never return. Then I saw the movie 21, which is as much about gambling as it is about living, and became intrigued. It’s about systems and risks, and pushing yourself and the rules in place to their furthest limits. I wasn’t inspired to gamble in Casino’s, but I was moved to take more risks and take a few leaps.
In Christopher Cunningham’s latest chapbook, he finds inspiration in not just the blood of a gambler, but in the sound of the great spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone. He brings to life the felt and plastic, the adrenaline and compulsion, the thrill of sadness, and the knowledge that you will never win. There is an ever-present feeling that you should be somewhere else, that you should be home.
Not only is In Gambler’s Blood a wonderful collection of poetry, but included in each book is an original watercolor hand painted and signed. There were only 60 copies printed of this collection and I am holding copy #29, so order yours today.
And when ordering Mr. Cunningham’s IN GAMBLER’S BLOOD, why not take advantage of our 3-for-$10 postpaid deal for US customers. Choose any two other books from among the following:
#113, A. J. KAUFMANN / BILL SHUTE, beyond the blue rocks: meditations on the Tibetan Book of the Dead ;
#112, MK CHAVEZ / JOHN SWEET, next exit: nine ;
#111, A. J. KAUFMANN, poznan city gospel ;
#110, CHRISTOPHER CUNNINGHAM, in gambler’s blood (sound library series, volume 36) ;
#107, DOUG DRAIME, bones ;
#106, A. J. KAUFMANN, east-west train (sound library series, volume 35) ;
#105, RONALD BAATZ / BILL SHUTE, the companionship of the plum;
#100, RONALD BAATZ / LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, next exit: seven;
#34 STUART CRUTCHFIELD, shack simple (reprint).
Some of the lower-numbered books will be sold out and deleted from the catalogue within a few weeks, so act now. Congrats to CC for delivering an awesome and unique suite of poems that’s different from anything anyone else is doing and should stop most readers in their tracks…