“Continuum” poetry chapbook (KSE #181)
Poet JOHN SWEET brings an instantly recognizable style to the page, evoking a world of quiet desperation with the hint of violence always just under the surface, a world of absurd societal rituals and hollow, lacerating family connections that do more harm than good. Imagine if Kafka wrote the film noir classic “Detour,” but it was directed by Antonioni instead of Ulmer…that is the world of John Sweet’s poetry.
A respected figure in the independent poetry world for going on 20 years, Mr. Sweet has never associated himself with any clique or movement, remaining a true independent who lets his work speak for itself.
CONTINUUM is a ten-poem suite, telling the story of two ill-fated sisters in lean, carefully sculpted stanzas, where we can feel the texture of the burlap, feel the rope scraping the flesh off our wrists, smell the blood, taste the tension. It’s a harrowing ride, but it’s the America of drug deals gone sour, of anonymous pickups, of suckers gambling away the rent money. And no one writes of this world as clearly and as elegantly as John Sweet.
Sweet has published many essential poetry books, from the much-acclaimed HUMAN CATHEDRALS (Ravenna Press); to his collections of poems previously published online such as SLOW DRIFT INTO EXILE, SUNPOISON, WORLD WITHOUT SOUND, and BETWEEN TRUTH AND MERCY; to his previous chapbooks for KSE, #160, “This Moment, Reflected In Ice.” and #112, “Next Exit: Nine” (w/ MK Chavez).
John will be back with KSE in late 2011 with another new collection, BRAVE RETREAT.
CONTINUUM (KSE #181) is available NOW for $5 postpaid anywhere. Send funds via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com. It would be helpful if you could also send an e-mail to that address letting me know you’ve ordered and confirming your mailing address. Thanks!
While you are at it, we have many other poetry chapbooks and experimental music CDR’s available. All except for the Alfred 23 Harth CDR (which is 74+ minutes long and $7 ppd.) are $5 ppd. anywhere.
#168, DOUG DRAIME, “For A Dream Ended” ;
#169, BILL SHUTE, “Seawall” (sound library series, Volume 57) ;
#166, A.J. KAUFMANN, “Amazon, The Fame of God.” (cinema poetry series, volume 4) ;
#164, JONO TOSCH, “Probably”
all above chapbooks $5
#182 (3-inch CDR), SEAN GADOURY, “Arc Light.”
#183 (3-inch CDR), KUSCHTY RYE ERGOT, “Senescence.”
#175 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition III.” (this is $7)
#179, (3-inch CDR), ANDREAS BRANDAL, “Minus”
#178 (3-inch CDR), RAMBUTAN, “Age of None.”
#176 (3-inch CDR), OPHIBRE, “St. Asphalt (Patron Saint of Army Ants).”
cdr’s are $5 each ppd. (except for A23H, which is $7)
Thanks for your support of independent labels and micro-presses and independent artists. KSE’s 5th anniversary will be in March 2011!