Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

May 13, 2009

Recommended Summer Poetry Books

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RONALD BAATZ, bird effort

salt monody

MARZANNA KIELAR, salt monody

this day without

BILL SHUTE, this day without


ANSELM BERRIGAN, to hell with sleep

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PAUL CORMAN-ROBERTS, neocom(muter)


BRAD KOHLER, teenage stoned death games


LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, before & well after midnight

stereo action

      BILL SHUTE, stereo action

Gone for two weeks…

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I’m heading off to the Northeastern US for about two weeks, stopping in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. KSE Orders that come in during that period will be shipped on May 28th when I return. I’ll be visiting my 89-year-old mother, taking her to “Raynham Park” dog racing track (one of my favorite places) for an exciting afternoon of greyhound racing, and trying to get her to do other things that no one else in the family could ever get her to do!   🙂


During this trip, I’ll also be visiting two great KSE poets: Ronald Baatz in the Catskills west of Woodstock, and Zachary C. Bush in Jersey City. In addition, I’ll be hitting the small towns in the Catskills, the Louis Armstrong House in Queens NY, the legendary DIA:BEACON Museum (in particular, the Warhol “Shadows” permanent exhibition) in Beacon NY, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, looking up other old friends (among them, one pal of mine from back in elementary school days is in a bar-band that appears here and there south of Boston, and I’ll try to catch him–haven’t seen him in person since I was 14 or 15), and mostly just taking each day spontaneously and seeing what I find and what happens. And no computer access the whole time!!!

 Talk to you again at the end of May…

Chris Wilson & James Ferrell reunited in Paris

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05-13-2009 03;24;22PM

With all the excitement surrounding the “reunion” of Flamin’ Groovies stalwarts Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney in New Orleans, other seminal members of the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band have been getting together too. Groovies co-leader Chris Wilson (from the band’s Skydog and Sire period, probably their best period IMHO) and guitarist James Ferrell got back together in Paris a few days ago, and thanks to some French fans from the Groovies listserv, we’ve got video of them doing a moody slower take on the anthem “Shake Some Action”

And if that’s not enough, how about “Slow Death”

And speaking of the Loney/Jordan reunion, here’s the boys doing “Tallahassie Lassie” at that recent Ponderosa Stomp appearance

And if you’d like to compare versions, here’s Loney and Jordan doing “Shake Some Action” at the Ponderosa Stomp about two weeks ago

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God bless the Flamin’ Groovies, wherever they may be!!!!

May 11, 2009

Doug Draime, KNOX COUNTY (KSE #132), now available

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Photographs by Lena Ozuna

paint rock 006

KNOX COUNTY is Doug Draime’s SEVENTH chapbook for Kendra Steiner Editions. Doug’s work has been appearing regularly in the underground/alternative/leftist press since the early 1970s, and I’ve been keeping clippings of his poems for at least 25 years. He is the perfect blend of zen calm and righteous anger, of the experimental and the plain spoken. The form for each Draime poem is unique and crafted to the needs of that particular piece. He’s the poetry equivalent of a pitcher with a deadly curveball. Truly, a west coast poetry legend—initially making his name in the late 60s and early 70s in L. A., and then relocating to Oregon in the early 80s.

KNOX COUNTY contains the finest pieces from a sequence of poems Doug recently composed set in the Southern Indiana of his boyhood and adolescence. Doug and I sifted through about three-dozen pieces to choose a diverse and hard-hitting and haunting cycle of poems that capture the fear, joy, confusion, education, and ecstacy of those days. It’s a world of confused soldiers returning from foreign wars, secret teenage bottles of blackberry brandy, surreal hospital experiences, rural flooding, Klan marches and lynchings, and the music of Bo Diddley providing hope of liberation and of a better life…someday, somewhere.

And Doug’s poems are complemented by the stark, atmospheric photography of 17-year-old San Antonio dynamo Lena Ozuna. Taken in Paint Rock, Texas (which Doug agreed worked well as Southern Indiana circa 1962), where many buildings and the city as a whole still look like something that was already old in the period when Doug set these poems (the late 40s through the early 60s), Lena’s photographs work with the poems to create a mood that’s so real you can almost taste the dirt streets and feel the boarded-up windows.

This is a powerful collection of brand-new material from an West Coast master that documents a little-known period in his life and an era long-gone (perhaps I should add, “thankfully long-gone”).

An edition of 72 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies, of which 34 have already flown out the doors at KSE, so act soon.

Cost is $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00 (only one copy of any book per customer) postpaid in North America. Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. OR chapbooks are available to overseas readers DIRECT FROM KSE postpaid outside of North America for only $5 each. Overseas orders should write and request a paypal invoice for whatever you’d like.

Why not get the 3-for-10 deal and choose KNOX COUNTY as your second book. Here’s what’s available now from KSE:

#134, RONALD BAATZ, headlights from the otherside of the world ;

#135,  BILL SHUTE, stereo action (sound library series, volume 42) ;

#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) ;


#125,  BILL SHUTE, marking time ;

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

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

Congratulations to Doug on another fine work and to Lena for the haunting photographs. And thanks again to KSE’s loyal readers/supporters/customers. KNOX COUNTY is the perfect poetry chapbook for the hot humid summer that’s already upon us..

May 8, 2009

happy White Lotus Day to all

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May 1, 2009

in Houston for the weekend…

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Mary Anne and I will be in Houston this weekend for the wedding of Heather Leigh Murray and David Keenan. Married life has been incredibly fulfilling and growth-producing for me (let’s hope Mary Anne feels the same way!  🙂  ), so I’m ecstatic that Heather and David are tying the knot. They are so right for each other!

Sunday we’ll be hitting the Rothko Chapel and the Cy Twombly Gallery on the way home, but alas we cannot stay in Houston for the Jandek/MV&EE concert on Sunday night…

Talk to you all next week…

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