Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 1, 2009

Brad Kohler, DOG NIGHTS, DOG DAYS (KSE #127), now available

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“Dog Nights, Dog Days”    KSE #127

Edition of 47 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies

Pittsburgh’s BRAD KOHLER is an original. I met Brad when we were both writing for BLACK TO COMM magazine during its 1990’s glory days, and since then I’ve followed his work whenever I could. His early chapbooks from 10-15 years ago such as BRUTAL HINDSIGHTSUCKER BET DOWN IN CLASS , and CURSED, POISONED, CONDEMNED contained  terse, raw, and sharply observed poetry and prose, but were hard to find unless you frequented underground record stores in Western Pennysylvania or Eastern Ohio. When KSE was established, Brad was one of the first authors I approached, and I’m proud to say that he’s since done three chapbooks for KSE: ENERGY FOOLS THE MAGICIAN (a solo chap), NEXT EXIT: FOUR (a shared chap with Zachary C. Bush), and EXACTA BOX (a collaboration with me, dealing with the sport of kings). Just a few months ago, Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books published Brad’s newest book, TEENAGE STONED DEATH GAMES, which has been getting great response both here and in Europe.

DOG NIGHTS, DOG DAYS takes us to the sweltering, tense Los Angeles on August 11, 1969. Recent highschool graduate Steven Parent dropped by 10050 Cielo Drive after a long shift at work to hang out with a friend who was caretaker there and have a beer. A little after midnight, Mr. Parent said goodbye and planned to drive back home, but he never made it. At the same time, half a continent away, an unnamed teenager in the American heartland plans to break away from his boring home and school life and split out to California, where it’s all happening, or so he feels.

These two narratives are intertwined in Brad Kohler’s DOG NIGHTS, DOG DAYS. The oppressive heat and the nightmarish actions that transpired that night are presented in a poetic technique that slows down time, that stretches each flash of perception until it becomes heavy and almost painful, while the other teen’s perceptions also come in slow, nervous spurts.

DOG NIGHTS, DOG DAYS is a new triumph for Brad Kohler and unlike any of his previous work. The content demanded a new and different form. And like all of Brad’s works, this was composed (his trusty manual typewriter was in the shop, so it was done by hand—Brad does not own or use a computer) on the backs of racing forms and tip sheets. If you’re unfamiliar with Brad’s work, check this out. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

$4 postpaid in US, check payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd., #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. Or get any 3 KSE chaps for $10. You can choose from the following:

#132,  DOUG DRAIME, knox county ;

#130,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years ;

#126,  MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, grey rage (dyed) ;

#127,  BRAD KOHLER, dog nights, dog days ;

#133,  BILL SHUTE, this day without (sound library series, volume 41) ;

#131,  BILL SHUTE, acres (sound library series, volume 40) ;

#129,  MIRA HORVICH / BILL  SHUTE, suspension ;

#119,  A. J. KAUFMANN, satori in berlin (x-berg songs) ;


#118,  BILL SHUTE, venetian sage ;

#125,  BILL SHUTE, marking time ;

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

#34,  STUART CRUTCHFIELD, shack simple (reprint).

Orders outside the US are $5 per book, postpaid. Write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice.

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