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).