Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

February 7, 2012

new poetry chapbook from Adrian Manning, “These Hands of Mine” (KSE #212), available now

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“These Hands of Mine” (KSE #212)

poetry chapbook,  $5 (US), postpaid anywhere

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave note telling which item you are ordering, thanks!


British poet ADRIAN MANNING (from Leicester) is back with a new eight-part long poem composed especially for KSE, “These Hands of Mine,” a stunning meditation on those hands, featuring the usual elegant and terse style one associates with Manning’s work, along with the power and the eye for detail his readers have come to expect. Of course, most Americans think of Richard Wright’s classic poem “I Have Seen Black Hands,” which generations have read in school (with good reason!), when hands and poetry are mentioned in the same sentence, and I warned Adrian that American readers would be bringing that poem to their experience of his “These Hands of Mine,” but he has nothing to worry about there as this chapbook is as different from Wright’s work as a Mike Leigh or Ken Loach film is from Sounder. This is a powerful and unique piece that is 100% Manning, and for many readers, that’s as good as it gets in contemporary poetry.


Adrian’s work has been published by some of the finest small poetry presses going today: Bottle of Smoke, Kamini, Alternating Current, etc. And he’s also done two previous chapbooks for KSE: Volume 33 in the Sound Library Series, WIDE ASLEEP, FAST AWAKE (KSE #98), and an entry in our Next Exit series, NEXT EXIT: SIX (KSE #80), paired with K. M. Dersley (this was our all-British entry in this series featuring poems rooted in particular cities/towns). He’s also publisher/editor at Concrete Meat Press, an imprint that’s done a number of beautiful and high-quality broadsides of poets such as Ronald Baatz.

It’s great to have Adrian back at KSE with this new work, “These Hands of Mine.” Get yours today, only $5 ppd. anywhere. And while you are at it, try some of our other recent poetry releases, also $5 ppd. anywhere:

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN, “Love Lions of Paris” 

KSE # 215, BILL SHUTE, “Outfake,” Sound Library Series, Volume 66

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

We’ll be bringing out a new JOHN SWEET chapbook in a few weeks, BRAVE RETREAT (KSE # 216), and in a few months a long-awaited Thelonious Monk-inspired entry in the Sound Library Series from Pittsburgh’s JIM D. DEUCHARS…

KSE also offers a number of CDR’s of contemporary forward-thinking/experimental/free-improv music, and those are only $7 each postpaid anywhere:

full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia—poetry and guitar)


KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”


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