Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

February 7, 2010

KSE #155, Jim D. Deuchars, “Monongahela Abstract Construct”

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(KSE #155)   now available!!!

MAC is the second volume in Pittsburgh poet Jim D. Deuchars’ “Three Rivers” trilogy, started about a year ago with ALLEGHENY RISING (KSE #114). Jim’s first chapbook for KSE was the much-acclaimed PIECES OF EIGHT (KSE #96), a book which explored in a swirling, collage-like way the many and various applications of the number eight. After reading PIECES, I stumbled upon some poems Jim had written about Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, and they were both beautiful and vibrant, sculpted from the rich culture and geography and history of this unique area. As KSE offers poets a place to take on more ambitious and/or long-form projects not welcomed elsewhere, I suggested to Jim that maybe he could do for Pittsburgh what William Carlos Williams did for Paterson. The Three Rivers Trilogy was Jim’s answer to that request, and the way that it presents a kaleidoscopic beat flow of everything Pittsburgh—-including the sad history of the decline of the industrial and mining-based economy and the long term effect of those economies on the land and the culture—-and does all this in 8 pages is nothing short of masterful. Why not try a taste excerpted from the middle of this rich poetic feast:

deconstruction of an industry,

like deconstruction of a steel mill,

takes whatever water wind & whim

will do. will builds, then grinds;

unsettles under overgrowth & lo!

& oh. the things we’ll make of this:


globbing gobs of glass to wares

the river bears for toasting every table

& for window plate reflections: our

perspective on a universal pane.

that is, until our appetite devours

sandbar & we find we’ve filled the place.


hungry and wide open, mouth

agape, monongahela freed our keelboat

habit; steered it circular so we

invented need for elbow room

& paddle-steamed our eastern, westward–

one could say we sold it down the river

as efficient as a means there was

to get there. but before we got there,

railways learned to follow river logic

& this river swallows all;

Truly, this new chapbook from Jim IS a MONONGAHELA ABSTRACT CONSTRUCT, and it’s available NOW from Kendra Steiner Editions in an edition of 72 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies. It has the musicality, the wit, the synesthesia, the rich flow of particulars, the tone—all the qualities readers love about Jim’s work. Getting a trip to Pittsburgh and a personal guided tour from Jim for FOUR DOLLARS (Five outside the US) is the best deal ever. Order your copy now!

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-US 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. You’ll save money that way!


#156, BILL SHUTE, “The Mosquitoes of La Marque” (sound library series, volume 50) ;

#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) ;

#152,  K.M. DERSLEY, “many septembers” ;

#151, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “twombly’s siracusa” (inspired by the work of Cy Twombly) ;

#150, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “loons of a dogman” (sound library series, volume 48) ;

#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” ;

#145, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “blues for duffy power” ;

#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;


Questions? Write to  django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com . Thanks for your support!

Don’t miss the write-up on Kendra Steiner Editions/Bill Shute in the January 2010 issue of THE WIRE (UK).

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