Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

February 24, 2013

Code 7, Victim 5 (1964), starring Lex Barker, a Harry Alan Towers production

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a Towers Of London (Harry Alan Towers) production

starring Lex Barker

made in South Africa in 1964


About to loan this film to a friend, I thought I’d give it another viewing…then looking it up on the IMDB, I found that I’d actually reviewed it in 2006, so I’m reprinting that review here. I’d rate it a little bit higher today, if only for the novelty factor of the South African location shooting and for the presence of Lex Barker, who is always worth watching, even when going through the motions in an offshore programmer such as this one. Also, the film was photographed by the pre-fame Nicholas Roeg, and his unique eye is evident here, so it’s always an interesting LOOKING film.

Lex Barker in unimaginative South African-set detective film (originally reviewed February 2006)

CODE 7, VICTIM 5 is now available in a cheap DVD, and for a few dollars (mine cost $3 US), it’s passable entertainment, mostly for the presence of Lex Barker as private eye “Steve Martin” (same name as Raymond Burr’s character in GODZILLA). This is a typical Harry Alan Towers production–find an out-of-the-way country where the pound/dollar goes a long way and without powerful unions, hire a lot of locals in small roles, use a lot of free locations to give the film “color,” have Towers himself pen a by-the-numbers script over dinner or during a flight. South Africa photographs well (the film was shot by Nicholas Roeg, so it’s no surprise), and is so unfamiliar to this American that the background almost becomes a character. The plot is the standard “someone is killing off one by one the members of a group from a previous time” and ex-Nazis are even dragged in. Ronald Fraser (best known in the USA for FATHOM, with Raquel Welch and the late great Tony Franciosa) does a good job as the local police inspector who finds jet-setting detective Barker to be a bit of a pest, but eventually realizes Barker’s honesty and professionalism–Fraser and Barker are the perfect foils for each other. Nothing special here–probably of interest mostly to the Barker fan (or those who want a quick three-dollar travelogue of South Africa).

code 7 german

February 20, 2013

“LED ALONG: Sound Library Series, Volume 73,” new poetry chapbook from Bill Shute

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Led Along: Sound Library Series, Volume 73

KSE #256 (poetry chapbook)

$5 postpaid anywhere, payment via paypal to  django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

led along

After a change of course with the DREAM STATIC chapbook, with LED ALONG (KSE #256) I’ve returned to the style I’ve been using in many of my recent pieces, irregular shards of detail and experience from the broken glass of everyday life, tinted and toned, and written as if Paul Blackburn is looking over my shoulder.

Ah, I tried to tell Mister Charlie that his mill was burning down, but he couldn’t understand me…they’re now telling me to pack a gun while I’m on the job…self-proclaimed spiritual leaders are arguing over who owns the winter solstice…artists in berets are having to remind us that their art is “trangressive” while they are drinking from the corporate trough, coating their works with gravy from companies that pollute, steal, and deny workers health coverage…our Island is eroding away, according to researchers from Brigham Young University (and they ought to know, right?)…sediment is building up in the water pipes as is plaque in the veins…they’re pumping up us horses with frog-juice cocktails to get us through this low-grade claiming race, and there’s more employees than customers at the track…and don’t forget the scarecrows and party-crashers and sellers of horsemeat lasagna, this week’s Super-Bonus-Buy at Winn-Dixie.                              Mister Charlie, can’t you see your mill is burning down???


I think that LED ALONG will work very well as a spoken piece, and I look forward to performing it at my next reading. However, I’m not planning another one for many months as I’m busy on other projects, so why not grab a copy of this NOW…..only $5 postpaid anywhere...payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

If you are not familiar with my poetry, LED ALONG might be a good entry point, and if you haven’t ready anything recent (in the last year or so), then this would also be a good sample of my recent output. It’s short, it’s dense, it’s relevant, and I’d like to think that it’s rich and teeming with life, like a soil sample from East Texas. Hand-assembled, hand-cut, hand-numbered edition of 51 copies. It’s dedicated to Lightnin’ Hopkins, and as a sound library series entry (volume 73), it’s inspired by Del Shannon’s 1967 masterpiece Home and Away.

We have many other fine poetry chapbooks available, also $5 each postpaid:

John Sweet‘s masterfully understated and smoldering portraits of rust-belt American economic depression and mental revenge BRAVE RETREAT (KSE #216)

Michael Layne Heath‘s new collection of razor-sharp pieces from the unforgiving, broken, and sexually-charged streets of San Francisco,UNBROADCAST RERUNS (KSE #244), with an original cover painting by Austin painter-musician Carl Smith

more than a year in the making (and worth every second), it’s Pittsburgh poetry visionary Jim D. Deuchars‘s new chapbook that takes the music of Thelonious Monk and transposes it to the poetic page, THELONIOUS  FAKEBOOK (KSE #236)


and if you’d like other Bill Shute chapbooks, why not try


and the four volumes of my Florida Nocturne Poems series, rooted in my experiences in Florida last summer

Book One: Shades of Night Descending  (KSE #234)

Book Two: Mondo Daytona (KSE #241)

Book Three: Peach Cobbler In The Poker Room (KSE #245)

Book Four: Jupiter In The Rearview Mirror (KSE #248) 

As always, thank you for your support of KSE and of all truly independent artists and arts collectives, those who do not rely on a rich relative or corporate money or government grants or over-worked unpaid student interns…

My next poetry project is a collaborative chapbook with an Austin visual artist (and musician), but I’m superstitious, so I’m not talking about it until it’s finished…but it’s coming along nicely and will be a surprise to regulars. I have not done a poetry-and-art chapbook for a few years…I did a number of them in 2007-2009…stay tuned…

February 17, 2013

thanks to those who came out for the February 4 Austin reading!

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Thanks to all who came out for the Austin Salon Poetic shared reading I did with Michael Casares, the 4th annual Casares-Shute joint reading…looking forward to the 5th, next Jan/Feb, 2014…

BILL 2013

Bill Shute, 4 February 2013, Austin Salon Poetic at Metal and Lace Club (aka Headhunters), photo by Elias Andrade

February 6, 2013

new KSE album releases, Spring-Summer 2013

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new KSE album releases, coming over the next few months, Spring into early Summer 2013

FORBES cover

FEBRUARY 2013 (in a few weeks, mid-to-late FEB)…FORBES GRAHAM

MARCH 2013…The Many Moods of VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron)


MAY 2013…SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly)

JUNE 2013…ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE / LISA CAMERON / LEE DOCKERY, Live at the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert

JULY 2013… ALFRED 23 HARTH, Micro-Saxo-Phone: 4

djin pcw everafter r6

February 3, 2013

4th annual BILL SHUTE / MICHAEL AARON CASARES poetry reading, tomorrow night in Austin!

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postscript 2/5/12:

thanks to all who came out for this event at Metal and Lace (they’ve fixed it up nicely! the steampunk ambiance works well) in Austin on Monday…it went well, and it’s always great to work with Michael Aaron Casares and Thom Woodruff  (aka Thom Worldpoet, who as always gave me many things to read, from local anthologies he was involved with to lesser-known works of Hesse and Arthur Miller!)…I don’t expect to be doing any more readings in the first half of 2012, I’ve got too many other projects going, but you can count on the 5th annual joint Shute-Casares reading early in 2014…see you then…


Austin Salon Poetic presents

4th Annual  BILL SHUTE  /  MICHAEL AARON CASARES  joint poetry reading

7:30 pm,    Monday 4  February 2013

Metal and Lace Club (formerly Headhunters)

8th and Red River, Austin, Texas

free admission………cheap drinks


Bill Shute reading at Headhunters as part of Austin Salon Poetic reading series, September 2012

shute and casares, year four

Usually, like most poets, when I do a reading, I perform my most recent piece, some other recent pieces (namely, things the audience can buy, either from the author at the reading or from a bookstore or online source that the author is only too happy to plug), and perhaps a favorite older piece and/or a known crowdpleaser (people who’ve seen me know that I often start the performance with either “Kerrville, Texas” or “Marion, Texas” from the NEXT EXIT chapbooks because they always “work” with most any crowd). Tomorrow night in Austin, I will NOT be doing that. On going through my older pieces, I found four chapbooks from the past (2006-2010) that seem to be deserving of a revival and that will present a nice variety while being pieces that “work” for a live reading in a bar (or so I hope).


AFTERGLOW (KSE #91), from 2008, consists of scenes of a character who rents a room from an older lady with a very old home that’s not been kept up, kind of like a midwestern US version of Miss Havisham’s home in Great Expectations…I was experimenting with a poetic line at that time that was a cross between mid-60s Creeley and McClure…


I’ll also be reading ACRES (KSE #131, from 2009) tomorrow night in Austin…cities like San Antonio and Houston have a huge band of desolate medical offices and industrial parks around their outer fringes…all shiny metal and smoked glass and tan-colored stone, but in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by no neighborhoods, no life…that is what ACRES is about…in some ways, it’s a literary version of what Vanessa Rossetto captured so well in music on her EXOTIC EXIT album…

78 horizons

In early 2010, my friend A.J. Kaufmann (Polish poet and musician) and I did a joint chapbook, 8 poems (4+4), each inspired by a certain 78 RPM record…I’ll be reading my 4 pieces from 78 HORIZONS (KSE #159) tomorrow night in Austin…


…and I’ll close the Austin reading tomorrow w/ this: EXTENSION (KSE #9, from 2006)…unless you attended one of my San Antonio-area bookstore/bookfair appearances in support of TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY (I gave away this chapbook as a free gift to anyone who bought the TWELVE GATES book), you’re probably unfamiliar with this one from 7 years ago! I was writing a lot about dead-end jobs and dead-end lives at that time, and I had a spiraling line structure and page appearance at that point that took aspects of Creeley (as I understood them imperfectly) and ran with them far far away in a different direction…

it’s good to have a large back catalogue of pieces that did not get much distribution/attention at the time of their release…they hold up well, but they are “new” to most…and they’re quite different from what I’m doing now…

This will probably be my only Austin reading for the first half of 2013, and I don’t have the time or money to travel much right now, so if you’re so inclined to see a reading, catch this one. I’ve got 50 other irons in the fire, and they all need attending to.

I don’t think I’ll be getting back East this year, but whenever I DO, I will try to arrange some readings and poetry-and-music performances in Western Massachusetts, New York state, and Pittsburgh. If you’re in one of those areas, I look forward to seeing you in 2014, perhaps…

It’s always exciting to read with Michael…and Thom Worldpoet will also be there reading…and those two men are SO dedicated to poetry and do so much for poetry in Central Texas that one can’t help but be swept up in their enthusiasm. Come out tomorrow night and get swept up. 7:30 PM, Metal and Lace (formerly Headhunters), 8th and Red River, Austin, Texas…see you there!

shute casares 2013

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