Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

December 25, 2008

new holiday chapbook, MARKING TIME (KSE #125)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 9:51 am

I’m fortunate to have  readers who interact with me and provide feedback/comments on each new piece. Interestingly, about 2/3 of the comments I’ve gotten on A GIFT OF STARS, my collaboration with Michael Jacobson, assumed that that chap was holiday-oriented because of the watching the stars theme and because the three figures Michael used in his drawings could be interpreted as the Three Wise Men. There’s nothing intentionally Christmas/New Years in my text sections of STARS, but hey, I learned long ago not to disagree with anyone’s interpretations, and of course the artist is not always the best judge of his/her own work. 

In any event, after the holiday interpretations started coming in, I felt I should write a REAL holiday-oriented work, so that’s how MARKING TIME took shape. Composed in the post-Thanksgiving period leading up to Christmas, I combined a number of shards of American pre-Christmas detail with an overall downer feel (2008 will probably be remembered as a “downer Christmas”) into a potent (I hope!) cocktail with twists of Stein and Ashbery. Sit in sterile waiting rooms with gingerbread men and giddy elderly couples, talk to the horses congregating on snowy upper-floor apartment balconies, start your day with a rum-laced espresso breakfast, dodge that subpoena from attorneys representing Buddy Holly’s widow, pick that discarded program from A Charles Dickens Christmas out of the trash, and travel the empty Christmas Eve streets of South Texas in this suite of five poems.

$4 postpaid in the US, $5 overseas. Check the “available KSE poetry chapbooks page” for ordering information. I don’t consider this piece as accessible to a wide audience as LEAF-BLOWERS and WE’LL ALL GET BY were, so it’s limited to 29 numbered copies, and I’m sure those will be gone by March, so act now…

Our next three chaps, coming out over the next five-six weeks, are all bold and exciting new works, composed especially for KSE,  from three poets at the top of their game, producing great and diverse works on an almost daily basis:

#122,  LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, still human (due late December)

#119,  A. J. KAUFMANN, satori in berlin (due January 2009)

#120,  JACK HENRY, empty houses (due January 2009) .

Thanks for all of your friendship and support during 2008. Best wishes and positive vibrations from South Texas…

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