Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

June 12, 2010

PROBABLY, by Jono Tosch (KSE #164) now available!

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by   JONO   TOSCH  (KSE #164)

now  available!

As I look at America today—-wacko tea-party types wanting to “lighten” the faces of students on a school mural in Arizona; hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast becoming environmentally dead areas, probably for decades; multi-millionaire candidates for office dropping $70+ million of their own money in pursuit of vanity campaigns while working people are losing their houses and sleeping in their cars; major-party candidates for office sounding like John Birch Society lecturers circa 1964; people dying for lack of medical care when pharmaceutical companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars advertising boutique prescription drugs as if they were toilet paper or peanut butter—-sometimes I feel as though the absurdist approach to the arts is perhaps the most on-target approach. Something like Richard Brautigan’s novel SOMBRERO FALLOUT, or the later plays of Edward Albee, or episodes of South Park or the film TEAM AMERICA, or John Waters’ films from SERIAL MOM on….these seem to nail the state of things and the national state of mind and to make sense as artistic mirrors. In 2009, I had the privilege of reading a chapbook published by Sean Casey’s CHUCKWAGON press ( , UNDER SEA by Jono Tosch. In a series of beautifully composed, elegant three-and-four line stanzas, Tosch takes historical figures such as Tolstoy, John Crowe Ransom, Turgenev, Mondrian, and (in the title piece) Jacques Cousteau, and he inserts them into situations such as washing cars, cleaning the kitchen with Comet, opening a liquor store, and taking a cat to the vet. Somehow, he manages in this book to capture the essence of each character and also capture—-in some kind of mad, surreal, zen-koan manner—-truths about everyday life and about society: universal truths. AND the book is funny, and the book has a classical attention to form and craft. For me, it was one of the three or four best poetry chapbooks of 2009 (and I read HUNDREDS last year, trust me!), and a wonderful admixture of elements I would never have expected, but in Mr. Tosch’s hands, this unique form seemed completely natural, even inevitable. Needless to say, I bought a number of copies to give to friends, and soon after that, I just had to approach Jono to see if he’d like to do a chapbook for KSE. Fortunately, he accepted the offer, and that chapbook is PROBABLY (KSE #164), available now for only $4 US/$5 elsewhere.

Jono Tosch offered me a wide variety of work with which to assemble this book, so while UNDER SEA was a conceptual book with a unified form and theme, PROBABLY shows a much broader sampling of his work, getting into the world of narrative and the world of phenomenological explorations of the psyche (the Gertrude Stein influence is clearer here than in the previous book). And speaking of Miss Stein, there is a wit and musicality to these pieces that make reading a complete joy.

PROBABLY has already been praised at Orange Alert (the review is at ) and by poets such as Doug Draime and K.M. Dersley, who read advance copies. I think it’s one of the most original and beautifully crafted and transcendent poetry chapbooks KSE has ever published.

Get your copy now–only 67 copies, hand-assembled and hand-numbered.

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!


#164, BILL SHUTE, “oneness and the sun” (sound library series, volume 55) ;

#162, MICHAEL CERAOLO, “cleveland scores early” ;

#163, BILL SHUTE, “deep focus” (sound library series, volume 54) ;

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

#161, BILL SHUTE, “lament for the living: Chet Baker’s Final Session” (sound library series, volume 53) ;

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

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

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

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

#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) ;

#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).

and finally, check in regularly at Jono Tosch’s food blog, OIL CHANGES, which you can find at .  A poet with a surrealist eye writing about food—–generally, home-made food made with easy-to-find but unexpected ingredients—-is a win-win situation for all, and if that’s not enough, Jono provides oversized color photos of the items he prepares, so the blog also works on a food-porn level for those wanting such a thing.

I really believe in Jono Tosch’s work. You will too after reading PROBABLY (and also UNDERSEA and the Oil Changes blog). 

June 11, 2010

great LP from Michael Yonkers & Plastic Crimewave Sound

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If you want a concentrated, vital dose of REAL acid-punk, don’t miss the “BLEED OUT” LP by MICHAEL YONKERS & PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND, on the Spiral Staircase label. Fans of Stone Harbour, Billy Synth, early Chrome, Hawkwind, the stoner-jam side of Bevis Frond, etc. will want a copy ASAP…this Minneapolis-Chicago alliance really hits the spot! check it out at



June 9, 2010

coming in December, KSE’s second CDR release!!! ALFRED 23 HARTH!!!

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Coming in December, KSE’s second CDR release:


“micro-saxo-phone, edition III” (KSE #175)


The vocabulary of the solo saxophone “extended” through electronics…an important release from the always-innovative German free-jazz master, living and working in Korea since 2001. For four decades, Mr. Harth has been one of the most forward-thinking musicians on the international scene—-the list of great artists he’s collaborated with is too long to list here—-he’s a virtuoso on a number of reed instruments, and he was an early champion of multi-media and multi-cultural work. This release is a follow-up to the amazing MICRO-SAXO-PHONE, EDITION II that Mr. Harth issued in 2009. MICRO-SAXO-PHONE, EDITION III, is being recorded especially for Kendra Steiner Editions by A23H, and we are honored to be presenting his work. Should be available in December 2010—-keep checking the KSE blog for further updates.

(cover of Edition II, available in the USA from Squidco)



June 7, 2010

poems featured on the Guerra/Shute music-poetry album

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In case anyone is interested, here are the selections I read yesterday at the recording session in Austin (engineered by Derek Rogers) for my half of the poetry-music album I’m doing with Anthony Guerra. These are in no particular order:


SEAWALL (KSE #169, not yet released)




and the short pieces “Kerrville, Texas” and “Marion, Texas”

from NEXT EXIT : TWO (KSE #56)


Derek did a magnificent job on the recordings, making them sound like the best audio-book! The recording files are now winging their way to Anthony Guerra in Japan for the music half…keep in touch with the progress of this project by checking the KSE blog…

June 3, 2010

coming in September, KSE’s first CDR release!!! Sir Plastic Crimewave!!!

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coming in September, KSE’s first CDR release:


“String/Soul/Eye”  (KSE #172)

higherkey feedback-drone gtr pieces from Chicago’s legendary psychedelic shaman…the first in our new music CDR series. once every three months, we will be issuing a CDR in place of a poetry chapbook, presenting the best  drone/electroacoustic/psych/experimental/free-jazz & free-improv/contemporary composition/higherkey & beyond music in low-priced CDR editions…pretty much the same thing we’ve been doing with poetry for 4  1/2 years now transferred to contemporary music. Our first three artists are now set, taking us into early 2011—-we’ll announce the next two when all the details are in place. This first release also features a beautiful original artwork by Bob Bruno (former Circus Maximus co-leader and distinguished jazz player). Thanks to Steve “Plastic Crimewave” Krakow for agreeing to be our leadoff release. I can’t think of anyone who epitomizes both the psychedelic aesthetic and the DIY ethos better than Sir PC himself, and I’ve enjoyed his own experimental CDR’s so much that he is in some way a model for our own CDR series. Check the blog for updates…estimated release date on this is September 2010.

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