KSE #129, MIRA HORVICH / BILL SHUTE, SUSPENSION. Now available!
The first in a series of half poetry-half photography chapbooks KSE will issue in 2009, SUSPENSION began with the image of mobiles in suspension. With that as our creative seed…Polish poet, fiction writer, and visual artist Mira Horvich created a haunting series of wind-chime photographs, and I created a series of wind-chime rooted poems. The result is SUSPENSION.
The four poems are each based on a metal used in wind chimes–brass, pewter, aluminum, and copper–and each poem uses Mira’s corresponding photo as a prompt for a phantom poetic narrative growing out of the visual image. “Brass” captures a woman, longing for retirement, surrounded by annoying people at a racetrack ; “Pewter” grows out of shadows, tobacco smoke, and sirens; “Aluminum” is set in a sanitized plastic yuppie “ranchette” outside San Antonio; and “Copper” captures the last days of a Kansas singer-songwriter, composing his final songs on a Sears Harmony 12-string guitar as the incense burns and the dogs waits to be walked.
More of Mira’s work graces the front and back cover, and the poetic epigraph this time is from George Oppen:
how shall I light
the room that measures years.
Hand-numbered edition of 58 copies. Act now!
$4 postpaid in US. Send check payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. Outside the US, it’s $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Request a paypal invoice at django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
The free Jack Henry chaps are gone…hope you all enjoy them…so Empty Houses has now been deleted. Michael Layne Heath’s GREY RAGE (DYED) will be ready by the end of February, and then new works from Brad Kohler and Misti Rainwater-Lites in March. Stay tuned…