BILL SHUTE, VENETIAN SAGE (KSE #118 ), released 1/1/09
As “opening act” to A. J. Kaufmann and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal among the three new releases, I’ll briefly discuss my own new offering first, then build up to theirs over the next few days.
VENETIAN SAGE (KSE #118 ) is similar in structure and compositional technique to 44 HARMONIES, which I wrote about a year ago, although I’ve got 27 elements this time instead of 44, they are not all in strict 3-line stanzas, and the content is quite different. Experience the beer trucks, used car lots, menthol cigarettes, oil stains, peeling paint, refrigerator magnets, wasted napkins, hungry cats, howling root-canal patients, lousy Tuesday night tips, and vine-covered fountains of San Antonio. Laugh at the ridiculous antics of pretentious academic poets and loser self-proclaimed “outlaw” poets. Venetian sage? Yes to salvia, no to Ezra Pound! And some wickedly beautiful lines from Edward Field as the epigraph. As the old ads for Miller Lite used to say, “everything you always wanted in a beer…and less!”
Only 29 copies. Act now!