Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

June 24, 2009

KSE #140, SUBTRACTION by Bill Shute, now available.

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KSE  #140    now  available


BILL   SHUTE,  “Subtraction”

My newest offering, the 8-page poem SUBTRACTION (KSE #140), was composed in May while I was spending time at Ronald Baatz’s farm in the Catskill Mountains in New York state. Being beyond the range of cell phones and internet access, being in a beautiful secluded area, was exactly what I needed to decompress and to eliminate all the clutter from my mind and from my life. I would start the day with some music from Pauline Oliveros’s “Deep Listening” label, listen to some of an audio book by the Dalai Lama, slow down my metabolism, quiet my mind, and enter the environment of the Catskills. This process of SUBTRACTION is captured in the chapbook of the same name. Those who enjoyed my earlier minimalist pieces such as SPIRIT and who appreciate the poetry of a Frank Samperi or a Larry Eigner or a Cid Corman (not that I’m in their league, of course!), should appreciate where I’m coming from in this piece. Written in the Catskills and then edited in Providence, Rhode Island, the next week, I left it for a month to age—–like cave-aged blue cheese—–and after some minor tweaking, it’s ready, and I hope it’s potent.

Shadows climb the barn wall, dew evaporates, an oak leaf travels downstream. Seeing without eyes, hearing without ears. Nothing added, nothing removed. Subtraction.

Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 48 copies.

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.

Choose the 3-for-$10 deal and select SUBTRACTION as one of your books.  Here’s what’s available now from KSE:

#137, ALEATHIA DREHMER, circles ;

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

#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 ;

#129,  MIRA HORVICH / BILL  SHUTE, suspension ;

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

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

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


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

The official release date of SUBTRACTION is July 10th, but I’ll be very busy in the weeks until then, so I’m making it available now. As Jerry Van Dyke used to say on the commercials for “Big Lots” stores, “come on, you know you want to go there.”


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