Like Keith Dersley himself, like Gary Cooper, like an Asian haiku master, like Clint Eastwood, MANY SEPTEMBERS speaks gently, weighing each word, never raising its voice, floating on subtle changes in tone, letting the syntax of each carefully sculpted line implant a voice, a speaker in the reader’s head. Dersley’s is the voice of Everyman, or at least the Everyman who is fully engaged with his environment and who possesses the ability to step back a bit and do a seismic reading of the everyday, recording it for us in his poems.
Dersley is also the poetic voice of Southeastern England. I’ve never been to Southeastern England, but I feel I know the land and its people when I read his work…I feel the rhythm of their days, I hear the sounds of their nights, I’m with them when the five o’clock whistle chimes, and I’m with them in the local public house. And I’m with them when they dream…of the romanticized American West (think of Ray Davies’ “Muswell Hillbillies”), or the fantasy worlds in the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Sax Rohmer, worlds which in some strange way provide a kind of moral compass that animates the downtrodden and the lost. It’s a poetry that makes sense of people trying to make sense of their world. I’m not going to quote any poems from this book because you need to buy one of the 68 hand-numbered, hand-assembled, home-printed copies KSE is offering. In the immortal words of Joe Dallesandro, “I may work cheap, but I don’t give it away.”
Suffice it to say that Keith Dersley is one of the original “core” poets of KSE and this is his fourth chapbook for us. Think of how much Charles Bronson or Gary Cooper or Lon Chaney Jr. were able to communicate on film through their eyes, how much experience and hard-won painful wisdom radiated from those eyes. If those eyes could write and had grown up in the soil of Beat Poetry, those eyes might have authored this fine chapbook. But they did not…Keith Dersley did!
Why not order a copy today…
Ordering is easy:
Cost is $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00 (only one copy of any book per customer) postpaid in the USA. 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 non-USA readers DIRECT FROM KSE postpaid for only $5 each. Overseas orders should write to django5722 (at) yahoo(dot) com and request a paypal invoice for whatever you’d like.
And why not pick up a few of our other recent releases while you’re at it:
#155, JIM D. DEUCHARS, “Monongahela Abstract Construct” ;
#159, A.J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “78 Horizons” (sound library series, volume 52) ;
#154, A.J. KAUFMANN, “vagabond vacancy” ;
#153, BILL SHUTE, “the twenty-fifth life of alcyone” (sound library series, volume 49) ;
#150, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “loons of a dogman” (sound library series, volume 48) ;
#151, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “twombly’s siracusa” (inspired by the work of Cy Twombly) ;
#149, A. J. KAUFMANN, “via alighieri” (cinema poetry series, volume 3) ;
#148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “vegas the hard way” ;
#147, BILL SHUTE, “nobody knows, nobody sees” (cinema poetry series, volume 2) ;
#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;
#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;
#141, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL & CYNTHIA ETHERIDGE, overcome ;
Also, take a stroll over to K.M. Dersley’s own website, THE RAGGED EDGE at http://www.raggededge.btinternet.co.uk/
This is Keith’s 4th chapbook for KSE; this will not be his last (we hope!). The earlier ones are
KSE #86, NEXT EXIT: SIX (w/ Adrian Manning) ;
KSE #75, BLUE VELOUR ;
and KSE #58, RETROSPECTIVE FORECASTS.