“NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES” (cinema poetry series, volume two)
After a two-year break, KSE’s “Cinema Poetry Series” is back! The previous volume—-ROCKET ATTACK USA (KSE #49)—-sold out quickly and was praised in both Arthur Magazine and in the small press section of Kenyon Review, and the intention was to do at least five of them, but on the second one I hit a barrier and never got around to finishing it. Then a few months ago, A.J. Kaufmann suggested that the series be revised because he wanted to do one, so that gave me the jumpstart I needed to do another one of my own. Thus, there will be two new Cinema Poetry volumes coming out: this one by me, and next month VIA ALIGHIERI by A. J. Kaufmann. And A. J. and I plan to do two more in the first half of 2010. But let’s get back to the subject at hand here…
NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES (KSE #147) is inspired by the classic existential road movie, VANISHING POINT (1971), directed by Richard C. Serafian and starring Barry Newman as Kowalski. I initially saw it at the drive-in as a teenager circa 1972-73, and it blew me away. I’ve probably watched it dozens of times and it still blows me away. Making a film that satisfies both the drive-in action fan and the art-film crowd is difficult, but I’ve always respected those who have done it, and on some level I feel as though I’m doing a literary version of that balancing act with my own poetry.
NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES, like the film VANISHING POINT, captures a journey…although it’s been changed from Denver to San Francisco, to Denver to L.A. And as Kowalski travels from Denver to Grand Junction to Vegas to L.A., he meets two characters familiar to KSE readers: Brad Kohler, east of Vegas; and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, east of Barstow. With each poet’s permission, I’ve created a fictionalized version of him and quoted a few lines of his poetry from a previous KSE chapbook. The book ends in, I hope, a kind of transcendence (as does the film), but YOU the reader will be the judge of that.
NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES. It’s a journey I’ve made. Perhaps you have too. Perhaps you will…
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, along with NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES you can choose from any of these other in-print chapbooks:
#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;
#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.
Our next two releases will be
KSE #148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “Vegas The Hard Way”
KSE # 149, A. J. KAUFMANN, “Via Alighieri” (cinema poetry series, volume three)