First-ever full album of readings from Texan poet/critic Bill Shute, whose Kendra Steiner Editions has done more for living, breathing POETRY than any number of godforsaken writers workshops or poetry ‘slams’ over the past few years. Shute writes and champions poetry that is birthed in the gut as much as the brain and that comes out of the reality of lives lived more than banal academia or creative writing classes. Over the past five years or so he has written and published more than any other poet/writer I can think of, and when the time comes to take the temperature of samizdat post-Beat publishing, Kendra Steiner/Bill Shute will be one of the central players. This collection of readings, recorded in Austin Texas in July 2010 by Derek Rogers, covers material published between 2006-2009. Shute has a great voice and it’s a blast to listen to these poems that you know so well and hear the way the rhythm and pacing leaps off the page, adding a whole new level of visualisation to his already highly place/time specific writings. This one features “Four Texas Streams” (an early favourite), “Emergency”, “Pebbles, Screens, And Trombones”, “Acres”, “Suspension”, “Boss Man”, “Shore Access” and “Silhouettes”. Highly recommended!
(David Keenan, Glasgow, Scotland—–2 October 2010)
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