Kendra Steiner Editions

March 30, 2010

KSE #160, JOHN SWEET, “This Moment, Reflected In Ice” out now!!!

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KSE #160

JOHN SWEET

“This Moment, Reflected In Ice”

now available

hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 71 copies

John Sweet is one of our most essential contemporary poets, writing in a lean and lyrical style that is always bubbling under with the threat of violence and the fear of nothingness. Beautifully crafted miniatures, Mr. Sweet’s poems are spring-loaded and ready to snap at any moment. He is the topographer of the violence that runs like an underground stream below the surface of daily life: the threat in the eyes of the abusive parent, the manipulative boyfriend, the corrupt clergyman, the knife-you-in-the-back yet gladhanding hypocrite. But we will struggle and we will fight and we will not allow ourselves to be beaten down. Sweet’s poetry has never been more needed or more relevant.

John Sweet has been producing his tense yet understated poetry for 15+ years, never associating himself with any clique, never schmoozing with or ass-kissing the self-appointed powers-that-be in the alternative poetry world. Like a Paul Weller or a John Ford or a Sonny Rollins, he just does the work , and it speaks for itself…powerfully. John had one previous KSE chap, the much-acclaimed NEXT EXIT: NINE (KSE # 112) , which he shared with MK Chavez, but this is his first solo chapbook for KSE…and we hope it will not be his last. I’ve respected Mr. Sweet and his work for a long time. He’s just what’s needed in this poetry world full of bullsh*t artists and pretentious posers. He’s got the old school writing discipline of a Hemingway or a Richard Wright and the understatement of a Cid Corman. He’s an American original, and you need THIS MOMENT, REFLECTED IN ICE.

John has many other fine books of poetry, some of which you can still find. Among them, HUMAN LANDSCAPES, which is stocked by Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Human-Cathedrals-John-Sweet/dp/0972332901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269999063&sr=1-1

He also has a number of powerful collections available from Wall of Noise Press and Severed Tongue Press including CHRIST THE DESTROYER, BETWEEN TRUTH AND MERCY, and GIVE A POOR MAN GOD AND WATCH HIM STARVE. Check them out!

KSE #160, THIS MOMENT, REFLECTED IN ICE,  is now available for ordering. It’s a hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 71 copies. 

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!

OTHER CHAPBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE:

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

#158, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “is this deformed?” ;

#155, JIM D. DEUCHARS, “monongahela abstract construct” ;

#159, A.J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “78 horizons” (sound library series, volume 52) ;

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

#154, A.J. KAUFMANN, “vagabond vacancy” ;

#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) ;

#148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “vegas the hard way” ;

#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;

#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 in the January 2010 issue of THE WIRE (UK).

March 25, 2010

KSE #161, LAMENT FOR THE LIVING: CHET BAKER’S FINAL SESSION, now available!

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KSE  #161

BILL  SHUTE

LAMENT FOR THE LIVING: CHET BAKER’S FINAL SESSION

Sound Library Series, Volume 53

The late-period work of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker—-and there’s A LOT of it since Chet recorded quite prolifically for cash for virtually any label that was interested—-has always fascinated me.  His 70’s-80’s work (he died in 1988) always seemed richer than the earlier work, in spite of  (or maybe because of) the sparseness of it and the drug addiction that rode on Baker’s back until his dying day. He’d reached a kind of detachment that, if it had been reached via spiritual means instead of drugs, would be enviable. He was in his own space. His work created its own sense of time and demanded that anyone working with him adapt to his sense of time.

In LAMENT FOR THE LIVING: CHET BAKER’S FINAL SESSION, I tried to capture the feel of Baker’s music and Baker’s life in those final months. I also tried to find a poetic form that could, on some level, mirror Baker’s aesthetic while dealing with the questions that Chet Baker faced as an artist as he pushed himself further and further into a minimalist/pointillist aesthetic.

There is a blog post written during the composition of LAMENT FOR THE LIVING , which you may find interesting, at https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/channeling-chet-a-view-from-the-workbench/  . For now, however, I’ll let this piece speak for itself.

KSE #161 is now available for ordering. It’s a hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 63 copies. 

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!

OTHER CHAPBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE:

#160, JOHN SWEET, “this moment, reflected in ice” ;

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

#158, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “is this deformed?” ;

#155, JIM D. DEUCHARS, “monongahela abstract construct” ;

#159, A.J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “78 horizons” (sound library series, volume 52) ;

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

#154, A.J. KAUFMANN, “vagabond vacancy” ;

#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) ;

#148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “vegas the hard way” ;

#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;

#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).

March 20, 2010

JANDEK Australian Tour, 18-28 March 2010

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March 17, 2010

YA HO WA 13 / ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE tonight!

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   Wednesday night (Thursday morning) 17 MARCH 2010, midnight

international masters of psychedelia

YA   HO   WA  13

and

ACID  MOTHERS  TEMPLE

Rusty Spurs, 405 E. 7th st. in Austin

see you there!!!

March 6, 2010

Zachary C. Bush, “Is This Deformed” (KSE #158), out now!

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ZACHARY  C.  BUSH

IS THIS DEFORMED?

KSE #158, released 5 March 2010

2010 is turning out to be the year of Zachary C. Bush. With TWO new poetry books in three months—-AT SWAN DECAPITATION (Vox Press) and THE SILENCE OF SICKNESS (Gold Wake Press)—-and a third book issued in the closing months of 2009, all of which are completely different from the others, ZCB’s years of hard work and dedication to his craft are finally paying off, both for him and his dedicated readers.

In addition, Mr. Bush has been a mainstay here at Kendra Steiner Editions, having issued four previous chapbooks in the past 2 1/2 years:

NEXT EXIT: FOUR (KSE #66), a joint chapbook w/ Brad Kohler;

SHANTI (KSE #117), a collaborative work w/ Bill Shute;

INTERVALS (KSE #76), another collaborative work w/ Shute;

and most recently, SPIN (KSE #144), released near the end of 2009 and still available (the others are long out of print—look for them on the collector’s market).

IS THIS DEFORMED?, which features front and back cover photographs by Mira Horvich that are perfectly synced with the poems, continues in the tradition of SPIN: intense, disquieting non-traditional narrative poems that would fall into the sparsely populated  “experimental Southern Gothic” genre. Dysfunctional families spin out of control; guns and corporal punishment keep us in line and push us over the edge; people are rooted in the earth yet dying on the vine; dreams provide an escape, sometimes, yet more often we are still pursued by the same demons from our waking hours; the humidity is oppressive, and the sun takes too long to set each night.

The world of Zachary C. Bush’s IS THIS DEFORMED? is deeply felt, richly textured, and unforgettable. Truly, this is a masterful blend of the experimental and the emotional, the larger-than-life with the painfully mundane closely observed with a fresh and inquisitive and painterly eye.

KSE #158 is now available for ordering. It’s a hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 71 copies.

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!

Visit Zachary C. Bush at http://zacharycbush.weebly.com/

OTHER CHAPBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE:

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

#155, JIM D. DEUCHARS, “monongahela abstract construct” ;

#159, A.J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “78 horizons” (sound library series, volume 52) ;

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

#154, A.J. KAUFMANN, “vagabond vacancy” ;

#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) ;

#148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “vegas the hard way” ;

#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;

#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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