A. J. KAUFMANN
“LOVE LIONS OF PARIS” (KSE #197)
poetry chapbook, $5.00 ppd. anywhere
LOVE LIONS OF PARIS (KSE #197) is the 13th poetry chapbook that Poznan, Poland-based poet/musician/songwriter A. J. Kaufmann has done for Kendra Steiner Editions.
That is because Kaufmann perfectly exemplifies the KSE aesthetic: he is rooted in Beat poetry and psychedelia, he knows the important avant-garde traditions of the last 150 years, he reflects the particulars of his culture/region (and also such important areas for him such as Berlin and Paris), and he takes those elements and creates 100% original work from them, work that apes no one else’s work and that has a form and a feel all his own. Yes, his work can be surreal; it can have the post-Rimbaud rock’n’roll decadence of a Leonard Cohen or a Syd Barrett or a Jim Morrison; it can have a psychedelic spiritual exuberance in the tradition of Roky Erickson/Tommy Hall or of Sky Sunlight Saxon. But it’s always 100 % A. J. Kaufmann. Having worked with the man on three collaborative chapbooks, and a fourth chapbook that was a joint work but one where we both worked from similar prompts, I can testify to his amazing imagination, his devotion to craft, and his dedicated work ethic, even while living a lifestyle that would kill or sideline a lesser man.
A. J. has been working primarily on his music for the last 18 months, finishing one album and now working on a second, but we are fortunate that he took time out from his recording/songwriting work to produce the poems in LOVE LIONS OF PARIS. A. J. is a European Citizen of the World, and to such a man Paris and Berlin have a magical presence, perhaps the way cities such as New York or New Orleans or San Francisco or Memphis might to an American such as myself, and Kaufmann has spent extended periods in each city, living the poet’s life, with guitar and notebook in hand. Those cities continue to live on in him, even though he is back in his native Poland, and they animate and inhabit LOVE LIONS OF PARIS. Kaufmann himself explains the genesis of this work:
“Love Lions” was written in Paris especially for KSE and it’s got a strong music connection. One summer evening I was sitting and smoking in a cheap hotel room, thinking about glam rock, space-age poets and lost loves, listening to Marc Bolan and Tyrannosaurus Rex, sketching dragons in my notebook… an hour or two later I realized I’ve sketched something more reminiscent of a lion and I wrote down the line “I kiss / Drifting love lions / With a golden smile” which later, upon my return to Poznan, became the first line of the title poem. Most of the other poems were composed while humming imaginary words with a grungy guitar accompaniment, but the melodies have since been lost as we had no recording equipment, not even a laptop, in my room. Some of my friends think I used cut-up techniques to develop these poems or “lyrics”, but truth is I definitely stopped doing cut-ups last year. “Love Lions” is, in my opinion, a glam-rock version of “Siva in Rags”, with dusty beauty gone all shiny and chromed, with once dried blood now boiling to the sound of “All the Young Dudes”.
As always, it’s an exciting and fresh and dazzling poetic trip from one of the few 100% original voices on the scene today.
$5.00 ppd. anywhere…
Previous KSE chapbooks by A. J. Kaufmann (all out of print…although the three collaborative works with Bill Shute will be collected in book form in 2012/2013):
KSE #102, A. J. Kaufmann, “Siva In Rags.”
KSE #106, A. J. Kaufmann, “East-West Train.” Sound Library Series, Volume 36.
KSE #111, A. J. Kaufmann, “Poznan City Gospel.”
KSE #113, A. J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “Beyond the Blue Rocks: Meditations on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.”
KSE #119, A. J. Kaufmann, “Satori in Berlin (X-Berg Songs).” Issued December 2008.
KSE #139, A. J. Kaufmann, “Antiquewhite Rain.” Sound Library Series, Volume 45. Issued early July 2009.
KSE #143, A. J. Kaufmann, “Symbolisme Psychédélique.” Sound Library Series, Volume 47. In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon
KSE #145, A. J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “Blues for Duffy Power.” Issued 20 September 2009.
KSE #149, A. J. Kaufmann, “Via Alighieri.” Cinema Poetry Series, Volume 3. Issued 15 November 2009.
KSE #151, A.J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “Twombly’s Siracusa.” Issued 1 December 2009.
KSE #154, A.J. Kaufmann, “Vagabond Vacancy.” Issued 5 January 2010.
KSE #159, A.J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “78 Horizons.” Sound Library Series, Volume 52. Issued 15 January 2010. (note: this is a joint publication, like the Next Exit volumes, but NOT a Kaufmann-Shute “collaboration”. )
KSE #166, A.J. Kaufmann, “Amazon, The Fame of God.” Cinema Poetry Series, Volume 4. Issued late June/early July 2010.
visit Mr. Kaufmann at http://foolmoonpiano.blogspot.com
and why not pick up some other KSE poetry chapbooks and experimental music CDR’s while you are at it? All available cheap and postpaid!
CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s NOW AVAILABLE:
poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):
KSE #212 ADRIAN MANNING, “These Hands of Mine”
KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”
KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.
KSE #174, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”
KSE #173, Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.
KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”
KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”
3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)
note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…
KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P”
KSE #203, R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”
KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”
KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”
KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”
KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”
KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”
KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”
KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”
full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”
KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)
KSE #206 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”
KSE #213 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)
KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”
KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”
KSE #175 (CDR), Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition III.”
KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”
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