Led Along: Sound Library Series, Volume 73
KSE #256 (poetry chapbook)
$5 postpaid anywhere, payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com
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
DREAM STATIC (KSE #253)
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…