Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

November 30, 2008

Brad Kohler’s new book TEENAGE STONED DEATH GAMES, free*

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This beautiful new 50-page collection of recent poetry and prose from Brad Kohler, published by Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books, featuring mind-blowing front and back cover art by Angela Mark, is available free as a Christmas gift to KSE’s best customers, courtesy of Mr. Kohler himself.

I keep a record of every sale (AND which numbers of which book you purchased!), and if you have as of December 1st 2008 purchased 20 different KSE chaps (*), you’ll be getting a copy of Brad Kohler’s new TEENAGE STONED DEATH GAMES free in the mail as a Christmas gift. You don’t have to do anything…I’ve got your addresses from your most recent orders, and I’ll send the book when you least expect it. Merry Christmas from Brad Kohler and KSE!!!

Brad Kohler has published his poetry and fiction in Big Hammer, Nerve Cowboy, F*CK, and many other outlets for over 20 years. Brad and I hooked up when were both part of the 1990’s team at Black To Comm magazine, and Brad has published three chaps so far with KSE: EXACTA BOX (w/ Bill Shute) , NEXT EXIT: FOUR (w/ Zachary C. Bush) and ENERGY FOOLS THE MAGICIAN. His fourth KSE chap, DOG NIGHTS, DOG DAYS, will be appearing in March 2009. KSE trainspotters will appreciate reading the poem “Thistledown Matinee” in the new book because Brad and I wove some lines from it into our collaborative horse-racing chapbook EXACTA BOX.

If you don’t qualify for the free book, then please buy a copy from the publisher: Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books, c/o Dave Roskos, PO Box 54, Manasquan, NJ, 08736. I’m not sure what he’s asking for the book, but I’d guess a five-dollar bill and two dollars in stamps would do the trick. This book is not being sold online, so unless you happen to stumble into an underground record store in New Jersey or Pittsburgh, you’ll probably never find a copy of TEENAGE STONED DEATH GAMES. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Grab it fast!

KSE #123, WE’LL ALL GET BY…, now available

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On the heels of Leaf-Blowers (KSE #121), which has been getting great response (mentioned/quoted from at Ragged Edge and Orange Alert, among others), comes another KSE Sound Library entry,  KSE #123, BILL SHUTE, ” We’ll All Get By…” (Sound Library Series, Volume 38) .

Not unlike LEAF BLOWERS, it presents a series of slices-of-experience from South Texas Life circa late 2008. Broken pipes that we can’t afford to repair; drinking old stale teas so we don’t have to buy new ones; skipping doses of medication; looking at antiques we can’t afford and creating free vicarious scenarios-in-the-mind based on those antiques; being shut down if we rebel and silenced if we criticize. Elvis has certainly “left the building” for good this time!  WE’LL ALL GET BY has a strong narrative flow, and I’m sure I’ll be delivering this one at readings. Those for whom pieces such as STILL or TEXTURE AND ACCIDENT were too elliptical, or the Creel Pone series chaps (except for SAN ANTONIO GOOD FRIDAY) were too far out,  should be happy with WE’LL ALL GET BY…

The source music for this one is the lesser-known 1969 “Dot”-label album SEE YOUR WAY CLEAR by Buzz Clifford, a beautiful late 60’s poetic song-cycle from the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist who first emerged as a rock’n’roller during the post-Elvis, pre-Beatles era and who also has an Oklahoma connection, being related to the Shelter Records family and also being a member of the band CARP, featuring the young Gary Busey. I’m surprised SEE YOUR WAY CLEAR has not yet been reissued on Fallout or Rev-Ola, but the majestic closing track was sampled in the song “Milk & Honey” on Beck’s Midnite Vultures album, so at least somebody is still giving it some attention.

Give WE’LL ALL GET BY… some attention. Only 32 numbered, hand-assembled copies available. See the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your right for ordering information.

I’ll be working overtime at my job until the week before Christmas, at which time we’ll roll out the new chapbook from Luis Cuauhtemoc BerriozabalSTILL HUMAN (KSE #118), and a week or so after that, A. J. KAUFMANN‘s  SATORI IN BERLIN (KSE #119), which should be our last release of 2008.

New posts will appear during the first half of December, so stay tuned. Thank for your support and for a great poetic 2008. We hope to do even better for you in 2009.

November 25, 2008

3 new releases for Thanksgiving 2008

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Don’t miss the 3 most recent KSE releases—-3-for-$10 in the US. Available for immediate shipment!        (See “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your upper right for ordering details)

#116,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, next exit: ten ;

#115,  various artists , “KSE LAST POEMS” collection (w/ Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Edward Churchouse, Glenn W. Cooper, Aleathia Drehmer, Dorothea Grossman, Melissa Hansen,  Jack Henry, Adrian Manning, David E. Oprava, Ryan Smith) ;

#121,  BILL SHUTE, leaf-blowers (sound library series, volume 37 ).


November 18, 2008

LEAF-BLOWERS (KSE #121), now available

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KSE #121, BILL SHUTE , “Leaf-Blowers” (Sound Library Series, Volume 37)

source music: Nigel Coombes and Steve Beresford, “Two To Tangle” (Emanem UK, cd)

My last four pieces have been collaborations (with Ronald Baatz, with Stuart Crutchfield, with A. J. Kaufmann, and with Zachary C. Bush), and I have two more collaborations in the pipeline for the next few months (one with Michael Jacobson, and another with A. J. Kaufmann), so I decided to do another solo extended piece, and this is it.

Leaf-blowers. What a curious piece of equipment. They don’t create anything; they don’t destroy or even recycle anything; they just MOVE things, seemingly inconvenient things, off someone’s property onto public property or onto someone else’s property. Leaf-blowers. What a perfect symbol for the waning days of this Bush-Cheney-Halliburton-Occupation of Iraq-financial bailout of the wealthy era in which we live, this New Gilded Age.

This is a five-section poem, in open-field composition. Sections 1, 3, and 5 are closely observed detail written in what’s for me an unadorned matter-of-fact style. Sections 2 and 4 are more philosophical, still full of particulars, but a bit more elliptical.

It’s set right here in San Antonio, and I feel it’s a good core sample of Texas, of America, and of life today. It’s my message in a bottle to both present readers, who’ll shake their heads and say “yeah, that’s right,” and to future readers, who’ll I hope get a taste of this curious era right from the belly of the overfed beast, not from someone in a creative writing program in some rarified university atmosphere or from some cable-news talking head or from someone with a political or cultural axe to grind.  I may not be great or significant myself, but I do know who sucks and who doesn’t, who’s phony and who’s authentic, who matters and who doesn’t. And often, that’s enough to get you by. There’s a few Hart Crane allusions to those who trainspot those kind of things; it’s dedicated to Texas political heroes Victor Morales and John Courage; and the epigraph is from Crane, “Poetry is an architectural art.” And so it is.

29 numbered copies, the first of which has already gone to my wonderful partner, Mary Anne. Get one of the remaining copies while you can by going to the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your upper right. I hope my poetic mentor Paul Blackburn might have liked Leaf-Blowers. Re-reading it after I printed up the first batch, I noticed that it reminded me somewhat of Blackburn’s JOURNALS, particularly “October Journal: 1970” and “Along the San Andreas Fault.” See what you  think! Finally, Thanks to my friends Zachary C. Bush, Brad Kohler, Doug Draime, Keith Dersley, and Ronald Baatz for the stimulating poetic conversation in recent weeks. And to Michael Layne Heath for the unexpected but welcome poetic messages-in-a-bottle he’s been sending me from San Francisco. There are kindred spirits everywhere—you just have to open your eyes, open your ears, open your heart, and open your self.

November 16, 2008

KSE Last Poems: orders now accepted

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Just spent a pleasant few hours under the live-oak trees on this seventy-degree lazy South Texas November afternoon sequencing the poems for the upcoming KSE LAST POEMS collection.

Here is the line-up:












After providing the authors with their gratis copies, we’ll have only 30 copies to sell, so you might want to pre-order this NOW to guarantee a copy.
I can easily see this selling out within 10 days after its release, if not sooner.

US orders, $4 ppd., check or cash to Bill Shute, 8141-B Pat Booker Rd. #399,
San Antonio, Texas, 78233.
Orders outside the US, $5 a copy ppd.  Write to me at django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice.
Only one copy per customer. No wholesale.
I should be able to ship pre-paid orders on Monday 1 December.

Thanks to these ten poets for their kick-ass work on this project.

November 14, 2008

Zachary C. Bush poetry action-pack!!! now available

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To celebrate Zachary C. Bush’s new KSE chapbook SHANTI (KSE #117),
we’ve reprinted his two earlier KSE chaps in limited numbers:
KSE #66, NEXT EXIT: FOUR (with Brad Kohler)

Zachary C. Bush & Brad Kohler
Next Edit: Four

Kendra Steiner Editions #66

Surreal, experimental, hallucinogenic channelling of specifically American area sonorities by two American poets, Zachary C. Bush and Brad Kohler. Hand-numbered edition of 68 copies.

KSE #76, INTERVALS (with Bill Shute)

Zachary C. Bush & Bill Shute
Intervals (Creel Pone Sound Study #6)

Kendra Steiner Editions #76

New collaborative work from poets Shute and Bush inspired by Emerson Meyers 1969 composition “Intervals 1” included on the Creel Pone CD Provocative Electronics. Hand-numbered edition of 39 copies. 

You can get ALL THREE of these classics—-SHANTI, NEXT EXIT: FOUR, and INTERVALS—-for just $10 ppd. in the US, or $15 ppd. outside the US. Mention the “action pack” and we’ll throw in a fourth KSE chap of our choice FREE.
Only a handful of these long out-of-print chaps (now selling for $10+ EACH on the collectors market) are available, so check the KSE ordering page for info on how to order:

Coming soon in late November:
and NEXT EXIT: TEN from Misti Rainwater-Lites.

November 13, 2008

Sean Casey channels Dick Cheney—-a must-read!

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Poet/fiction writer/editor/renaissance man Sean Casey, who runs the essential Chuckwagon Press (one of my 3 or 4 favorite small presses—-see the Sean Casey link to your right among the links), recently published an amazing piece of fiction. Entitled “The Contents of This Shoe Box Are of Greater Worth Than Your Life,” it channels the inner workings of soon-to-be-ex-vicepresident Dick Cheney’s mind, and it’s both frightening and full of black humor. Sean has been writing some fantastic poetry in a similar vein recently too—-I had the privilege of reading a suite of poems written in the persona of infamous Enron crook Ken Lay, and Sean also did a fine poetic tribute to the legendary and larger-than-life Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Wanderlei Silva. The Cheney piece was published in Massachusetts Review , and it’s available for free online at the following link: . Congratulations, Sean. You hit a grand slam with this one!!!

November 12, 2008

Some random photos

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In case some of you don’t check myspace, here are a few photos relevant to KSE that are posted there:

The area in Pittsburgh that inspired my chapbook SLASH & BURN
Visiting Eleanor Roosevelt’s property in Hyde Park, NY . This locale inspired the reference in THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE PLUM to the bench on which Eleanor Roosevelt sat (note: this photo was taken while sitting on that bench!).  Hyde Park is probably within an hour from the area where Ronald Baatz lives, and since PLUM was set in that part of New York state, it seemed as though a reference to Hyde Park would be acceptable.
Brad Kohler outside the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, January 2008.

The back porch in San Saba, Texas where I wrote COMPANIONSHIP OF THE PLUM. It was about 100 degrees during this period, but I imagined myself to be in the below-freezing winter of upstate New York where the piece was set rather than in the hot Texas summer where I was.
Bill in another lifetime . My Colorado driver’s license photo circa 1978.
The room in Williamsport, PA that inspired my chapbook STILL
Bill outside the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, January 2008. Warhol has always been and will always be my artistic main-man, and not just in visual arts (although the 113 of 115 KSE chapbook covers that I’ve done are all intended in the spirit of the master). The Warhol aesthetic can be endlessly re-interpreted and re-invented in any art form. While there can only ever be one Andy Warhol, his was an approach that is liberating—-it allows me to free myself from inherited tradition and start with a blank slate.  My poetic aesthetic is simple: 1/3 post-Ted Berrigan, post-Paul Blackburn; 1/3 Warhol; 1/3 Dylan’s “Love and Theft.” There are many other influences, of course, but that’s basically it in terms of the big picture.

November 11, 2008

12,000+ visitors!!! & November update

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Or more accurately, visits from 12,000+ different computers, but in any event, I’m impressed! We’ve gotten listed as a link on many distinguished sites, without ever asking anyone for inclusion or offering anyone to trade links. Most recently, KSE was given an ongoing link at Ron Sillim*n’s poetry blog, perhaps the most distinguished American poetry blog, and that’s been bringing in regular traffic. The philosophy here is to keep issuing quality work on a regular basis on our modest scale, and not to waste any time ass-kissing or schmoozing or insincerely praising the laughable self-appointed gatekeepers of the “small press poetry” world. In the end, it’s the work and the product that matters and that will live on.

Presently, I’m working on assembling and formatting the KSE LAST POEMS collection, featuring a great line-up of poets: Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Edward Churchouse, Glenn W. Cooper, Aleathia Drehmer, Dorothea Grossman, Melissa Hansen, Jack Henry, Adrian Manning, David E. Oprava, and Ryan Smith. I’d hoped to have that out by now, but it’s looking like late November is a more realistic estimate.

Following that will be NEXT EXIT: TEN, the final volume in that series, featuring Misti Rainwater-Lites…because who could possibly follow Misti?

I’m at work on another collaboration, this time with Michael Jacobson, and it’s called A GIFT OF STARS. We hope to have that out by the end of the year, and when that’s done, I’ll be hooking back up with A. J. Kaufmann for a second collaboration, BLUES FOR DUFFY POWER, a tribute to the legendary British bluesman. A. J. and I will be working on that in December and January, I think.

The year 2008 will close out with another solo chapbook from the great L.A. poet LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL called STILL HUMAN, and A. J. KAUFMANN has another solo chap coming out around New Year called SATORI IN BERLIN (X-BERG POEMS). Jack Henry will have the chap EMPTY HOUSES coming in January, both New York’s Zachary C. Bush and San Francisco’s Michael Layne Heath will be back early in 2009 with solo chaps, and I’ve got about a half dozen new works in development right now from some amazing poets that will surprise and delight! Check the blog in coming weeks-months for further details.

Thanks to all visitors to this blog for your support of KSE and of independent artists.

And just to remind you all, here are our most recent releases:

#117,  ZACHARY C. BUSH / BILL SHUTE, shanti (creel pone sound study #10 ) ;

#114,  JIM D. DEUCHARS, allegheny rising ;

#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);

Check the “available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your upper right for ordering info. #110, #112, and #113 are going fast…faster than I anticipated, so act now.



November 10, 2008

Kaufmann-Shute chapbook featured at Orange Alert

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Monday, November 10, 2008

The Orange Spotlight

A.J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute Beyond The Blue Rocks (Kendra Steiner Editions #113)
“we pass unnoticed through people of paper/their paper streets/environment changes/they never do question/the western lands twinkle…”
For some faith is all there is. Every action, every word, every breath is filled with faith. It is this complete understanding that can result in a high level of clarity, and an overwhelming sense of peace. In some Faiths you can expand your understanding and peace through meditation, which can take on several different forms. It is more then just sitting a certain way and making a silly noise; it is about a focused freedom. It is about expanding your mantra, and releasing everything else.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)
Beyond the Blue Rocks is a set of meditations on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Yet it is more obtainable and accessible than it may sound. Written by both A.J. Kaufmann and Bill Shute, the collection shifts focus and style rapidly. At its center this collection is about the journey, through life and to faith and freedom. So if you are looking to move beyond or simply find a stronger center, check out this release from KSE.
There were only 55 copies of Beyond The Blue Rocks made and I am holding #26, so order yours today.
(written by Jason Behrends, 11/10/08)
Thanks to Jason at  What To Wear During an Orange Alert for the kind and perceptive words. A. J. and I put a few months work into this and a few months thought and discussion prior to that. BTW, there is a superb audio-book reading of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, interpreted by Richard Gere, that I sent to A. J. when we began this project, so he could put it on and drink deep of the TBOTD while he was doing other things and did not actually have the book in front of him. I’d recommend that audio book to anyone interested in learning more about the TBOTD. Here’s the link to the original OA piece:

November 6, 2008

SHANTI, the music

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Want the music that inspired the recent KSE chapbook SHANTI?

November 5, 2008

get a free out-of-print KSE chapbook from Orange Alert Press

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During the month of November, with the purchase of Ben Tanzer’s novel Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine, the first book from Orange Alert Press (the publishing arm of the What To Wear During An Orange Alert blog), you’ll get a free KSE chapbook of OA’s choosing. A while back I sent OA a few dozen chaps for this promotion, and most were leftover or misplaced copies of older, out-of-print items. So purchase Mr. Tanzer’s fine book and get some out-of-print KSE surprise with it, get free postage, and get OA’s entertaining ORANGE PULP cd featuring writers such as Aleathia Drehmer, Hosho McCreesh, Karl Koweski, and Amanda Oaks, as well as great music. This has to be the best deal around…along with KSE’s 3-for-$10 chapbook offer, of course. Info at:

November 4, 2008

Zachary C. Bush/Bill Shute, “Shanti” (KSE #117) now available!

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KSE #116, ZACHARY C. BUSH / BILL SHUTE, “Shanti” (Creel Pone Sound Study #10)
The 10th and final volume in the Creel Pone Sound Study Series presents a series of joint kaleidoscopic meditations/blowouts on the concept of Shanti (inner peace). Great to welcome back Zachary C. Bush, now working out of Jersey City, NJ, after a period of moving and full-time work and spiritual re-alignment. Our earlier collaborative volume in this series (INTERVALS, Creel Pone #6) was very well-received and sold out in a month. ZCB will return to KSE with a solo chap in early 2009, and his full-length collection AT SWAN DECAPITATION will be appearing soon from VOX Press.

The mind focuses. The real dissolves. The actual emerges. The dialogue begins. The butter melts.

Breakfast is served.

See the “Available KSE Poetry Chapbooks” page to your upper right for ordering information.

SHANTI is the final volume in the Creel Pone sound study series. For the record, here are the other volumes:

#9,  ELECTRONIC MYTH (w/ Stuart Crutchfield);



#6,  INTERVALS (w/ Zachary C. Bush) ;



#3,  FANTASMATA 2007 ;


#1,  PYTHAGORON TWO (w/ Stuart Crutchfield).

It’s been a great run w/ this ten-volume series, spanning two years.  Thanks to all who purchased the Creel Pones and supported and/or wrote about these chapbooks. No other publisher would ever issue anything remotely like these chaps, which is why KSE exists. We found a devoted audience for them, and Volcanic Tongue did a lot to promote and sell the books. In fact, we made a lot of valuable connections/contacts through the series. Special thanks to Stu and to Zachary, each of whom collaborated on two of the Creel Pone series with me. Working as a duo with poets such as those two and A. J. Kaufmann is about the most stimulating experience an artist can have—-the give and take, the spontaneous creation, the ebb and flow, the ability to erase the ego through surrendering the sole “authorship” fetish. It takes a secure and edgy poet to take on such a challenge…Stu and ZCB and AJ are more than up to it. We are trying to catch just a sliver of the brilliance of such collabs as Warhol and Basquiat, or Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd, or Ted Berrigan and George Schneeman. Wish us luck. If we don’t stretch, we’ll never get anywhere new with our work…

KSE #114, JIM D. DEUCHARS, “Allegheny Rising,” now available!

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Following up on the success of his earlier KSE chapbook, PIECES OF EIGHT, KSE #96 (now out of print), Pittsburgh’s Jim D. Deuchars is back again in a big way with his new chap ALLEGHENY RISING (KSE #114). The history and the harmonies of Western Pennsylvania as channelled through the outrageous and outstanding poetic mind of Jim D.   Imagine Paterson or The Maximus Poems re-written by Groucho Marx and scored by Zappa and Varese, and you’ll be halfway there. ALLEGHENY RISING is the first of a three-volume series that will be appearing in future months/years.  Jim’s on fire!!!

We’re proud to have Jim D. on the KSE team and proud to issue mind-blowing new original works such as ALLEGHENY that were written, literally, a few weeks before their KSE publication. Fresh, new, and exciting original extended suites of poems written expressly for KSE. Only $4 US/$5 elsewhere. Check the “Available KSE poetry chapbooks” page to your upper right for ordering info.

Jim will be reading in New York (?? I think…) in December, and we’ll give the details of that reading when we have them. Why not pick up ALLEGHENY RISING now to prepare for the reading…or, if you can’t make it, get ALLEGHENY to get a taste of what you’re missing.

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