Kendra Steiner Editions

June 8, 2009

Ronald Baatz’s HEADLIGHTS FROM THE OTHERSIDE OF THE WORLD (KSE #134) now available

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RONALD BAATZ

“Headlights from the Otherside of the World” (KSE #134)

Ronald Baatz’s new chapbook HEADLIGHTS FROM THE OTHERSIDE OF THE WORLD (KSE #134) is now available from Kendra Steiner Editions.
Two haunting and surreal narrative poems and three diamond-sharp poetic koans from this zen-beat master who regularly appeared in the legendary Wormwood Review back in the 70s and 80s and who has a number of chapbooks available from Cross+Roads Press, Kamini Press, Xerx Press, and Concrete Meat Press in addition to KSE. It’s no surprise that Baatz’s work would be championed by other publishers who are themselves first-rate poets: Norbert Blei, Henry Denander, Mark Weber, and Adrian Manning. They know!

Baatz’s work, though diverse, often falls into one of two major categories: the narrative pieces, with their elegantly crafted sentences and a surreal logic; and the miniatures, the short stand-alone koans that are often five lines each. We’ve included fine examples of both forms in HEADLIGHTS.

I can tell by looking

at an old man’s lips

if he had been breastfed

if his mother had loved his father

if his father had feared death

Ronald Baatz is a poetic genre unto himself, and we are proud to feature him here at Kendra Steiner Editions. This is his third KSE chapbook, but his first solo one: NEXT EXIT: SEVEN was a joint chap with Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, and THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE PLUM was a collaboration with me.

An edition of 68 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies, and 25 have already been distributed, 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 to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice for whatever you’d like.

Why not get the 3-for-10 deal and choose HEADLIGHTS as one of your selections.  Here’s what’s available now from KSE:

#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;

#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) ;

#122,  LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, still human ;

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

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

 

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