MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH “Pinnacle”
After many months of work in Poland, Louisiana, Texas, and California, the new collaborative chapbook from poet MK Chavez and visual artist Mira Horvich, PINNACLE (KSE #146) , is now available.
Early this year, Mira Horvich—-from Poland, but living temporarily in Louisiana and working as a face and body painter—- created a suite of photographs putting naked Barbie dolls into natural environments with stone figures and other “characters”, creating portraits that were mini-dramas. After viewing these, I immediately thought of poet MK Chavez, as her work often deals with gender roles, sexual stereotypes, and the relationsip of sexuality and power. I sent MK the photos and asked her if she would like to work with them to create a poetry-photography chapbook. She worked for a number of months on the project, and PINNACLE (KSE #146) is the result. The verse form MK created is unique to this project—-not really concrete poetry, not really open-field poetry, but a poetry that is visual and tactile and works with the photography to create a multi-layered, hard-hitting, and deliciously ambiguous work. And to further complement the boldness and uniqueness of PINNACLE, we’ve printed it on heavy, lemon-yellow cover stock—-yes, both cover and text are done on heavy, lemon-yellow cover stock so it is visually arresting and unique to the touch.
Ms. Chavez is a Berkeley-based poet whose previous publications include the powerful VIRGIN EYES chapbook, published by Zeitgeist Press, and two previous works for Kendra Steiner Editions: VISITATION (KSE #90) and NEXT EXIT: NINE (KSE #112), a shared chapbook with John Sweet (and KSE is proud to announce that Mr. Sweet will be back with us for a solo chapbook in early 2010). She’s recently become poetry editor at Lynn Alexander’s awesome FULL OF CROW literary website, she’s quite active in the Bay Area literary scene, and she’s a wonderful person to work with!
Ms. Horvich is back in Poland after a six-month stay in Louisiana earlier this year. She is an acclaimed photographer and visual artist, as well as being a fine writer of poetry and prose, both in Polish and in English. She did the cover photographs for Michael Layne Heath’s GREY RAGE (DYED) chapbook (KSE # 126), and she collaborated with me on SUSPENSION (KSE #129). We will be working on another collaboration in 2010 dealing with the concept of KEYS. Mira is definitely a person to watch, and I hope she will continue to work with KSE on other projects.
PINNACLE is a bold and unique work. Get your copy now!
In the US, books are $4 each postpaid, or you can get any three KSE chaps for $10 postpaid. Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. Outside the US, you can get any book for $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Just write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice. For your 3-for-$10 deal, you can choose from any of these other in-print chapbooks:
#147, BILL SHUTE, “nobody knows, nobody sees” (cinema poetry series, volume 2) ;
#145, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “blues for duffy power” ;
#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;
#143, A. J. KAUFMANN, “symbolisme psychédélique” (sound library series, volume 47). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #142 ;
#142, BILL SHUTE, “plink, plonk & scratch” (sound library series, volume 46). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #143.
#141, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL & CYNTHIA ETHERIDGE, overcome ;
#140, BILL SHUTE, subtraction ;
#139, A. J. KAUFMANN, antiquewhite rain (sound library series, volume 45) ;
#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;
#134, RONALD BAATZ, headlights from the otherside of the world ;
#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) .
Only one copy of any chapbook per customer, please.