Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal and Cynthia Etheridge
The latest entry in our poetry-photography series teams Los Angeles poet Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal with Atlanta/Asheville visual artist Cynthia Etheridge for a haunting excursion into a parallel world where the pieces of the puzzle have been put together differently and the familiar seems foreign. Luis is a poet of great range and lyricism, as can be seen in his FIVE previous KSE chapbooks and his two books, RAW MATERIALS and BEFORE & WELL AFTER MIDNIGHT. In his new OVERCOME we have a series of narrators attempting to make sense of the pieces of experience they encounter, but the skies, the roses, the fields, the dogs, and the stones do not “behave” in the expected manner, and these poetic meditations manage to be both life-affirming and puzzling and disquieting…as if Cervantes met Kafka: “We are all on our own / holding a grudge against / the world, fragile as a mirror.”
Complementing Luis’ nine poems in this suite are seven photographs by noted Southern visual artist Cynthia Etheridge, who did the front and back cover portraits for Christopher Cunningham’s IN GAMBLER’S BLOOD (KSE #69), and who is currently working out of Asheville, NC. You can see some samples of her work at her blog, http://cynthiaetheridge.blogspot.com/ . However, the b&w portraits here—-images from both the natural world and the abandoned “things” of civilization now reclaimed by that natural world—-show a new side of Cynthia’s art and were composed especially for this project. I hope to include more of Cynthia’s work in future KSE chaps.
Luis and Cynthia take you on a trip inside the otherside in this chapbook—-like all KSE offerings, small in size but potent in content and capable of multiple re-readings…now and years from now. Are we overcome or will we overcome? Read and decide…
Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 61 copies.
Cost is $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00 (only one copy of any book per customer) postpaid in the US. 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 the US 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 OVERCOME as one of your books. Here’s what’s available now from KSE:
#139, A. J. KAUFMANN, antiquewhite rain (sound library series, volume 45) ;
#140, BILL SHUTE, subtraction ;
#137, ALEATHIA DREHMER, circles ;
#134, RONALD BAATZ, headlights from the otherside of the world ;
#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;
#132, DOUG DRAIME, knox county (photographs by Lena Ozuna) ;
#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) ;
#122, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, still human ;
#116, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, next exit: ten .
note: I’m leaving tomorrow morning for a week in El Paso TX and Ruidoso NM. Please feel free to order during this time, and all orders will be shipped when I return. All orders rec’d as of today, July the 15th, were shipped out this afternoon.