“This Moment, Reflected In Ice”
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).