Excited to announce that a book-length collection of my four FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS chapbooks will be issued in Fall 2013 by Word Mechanics of Palm Springs, California, publishers of my previous book-length poetry works TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY (2006) and POINT LOMA PURPLE (2007).
I’m presently re-formatting the four chapbooks—-SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING, MONDO DAYTONA, PEACH COBBLER IN THE POKER ROOM, and JUPITER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR—-and making some minor editorial changes to have the pieces better meet the needs and expectations of the book’s readers, who will be of a somewhat different nature than the readers of the original KSE chapbooks. I’m also changing two of the four epigraphs to better fit the new context of the works.
By the way, if you want the original versions of these four chapbooks, I still have a few dozen of each left (the originals were in handmade, hand-numbered editions running between 60 and 80 copies each, and most are now gone). They are $5 each in the US postpaid, $6 each postpaid outside the US:
KSE #248 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jupiter In The Rearview Mirror: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Four”
KSE #245 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Peach Cobbler In The Poker Room: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Three”
KSE #241, BILL SHUTE, “Mondo Daytona: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Two”
KSE #234 BILL SHUTE, “Shades of Night Descending: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book One”
payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com please include a note w/ your paypal order listing what items you want
This will be the final opportunity to get the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS chapbooks in their original context. Act now…
That said, I’m very happy about presenting these pieces in a recontextualized format with a new artwork by MP Landis (not pictured below…he’s still working on it) on the front cover. It’s ironic that a poet so associated with Texas whose works are usually set in Texas is having a quartet of Florida-based pieces issued in book form (as opposed to the steady stream of DIY chapbooks I issue through KSE, which emerge under the radar to regular readers and friends of KSE), but the Florida pieces deserve to be considered as a unit and to get the wider consideration that a perfect-bound book will provide. There is considerable discrimination in the “alternative” marketplace, which gives the lie to it being an “alternative” marketplace in any way, against the homemade DIY chapbook, but as KSE is an outsider arts organization, we’re used to dealing with that…mostly by circumventing the restrictions and ignoring them.
I hope you will take a chance on this volume when it’s out. If you have thought about getting some KSE chapbooks but did not know which among the many would interest you most…or if you have enjoyed my spoken-word poetry CDR’s…or the poetry-and-music CDR’s I have done (SUBTRACTION with Anthony Guerra; ONLY THE IMPRINT OF AN ECHO REMAINS with Marcus Rubio; FASCINATION with Eva Kelly and Daniel Hipolito; and FOUR TEXAS STREAMS with Derek Rogers), then you should try the perfect-bound paperback edition of THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, coming out from Word Mechanics this fall.
Each of the four stand-alone multi-section poems is an assemblage (a “junk sculpture from the new gilded age,” to steal the title of one of my spoken-word cdr’s) created from shards of Florida experience with the taste and texture of Florida life. Each piece features a different viewpoint character/narrative persona/controlling intelligence, as you’ll discover upon reading, though I do feel that they also hang together (as most of my dozens of various poetry chapbooks do) as a “serial poem” in the Jack Spicer sense, which is one reason why they are being published together here. The hand of the maker is evident in all four. Whatever their value as contemporary poetry, THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS capture where this country’s head and heart are at circa 2012 (when the pieces were composed), and although it’s not a pretty picture, the beauty of individuals struggling and achieving and finding joy amid the scorched-earth policies of late-period capitalism and the barrage of corporate culture and the intrusive and abrasive screech of reactionary fundamentalism is always worth championing and documenting. “They endured.”
Also, as an “open field ” poet, I use the page as my canvas, my field of construction, and as the 6×9 page I’m working with in the paperback book format is different from the usual KSE format, I have had to re-harmonize each piece, re-cast each piece in poetic space, so the form on the page has been altered somewhat, the way musicians might alter the nature of a piece to accommodate the room or the audience.
As I have been fine-tuning my aesthetic and working method over the years/decades, the spirits of Paul Blackburn, Ted Berrigan, Larry Eigner, Frank Samperi, Gertrude Stein, and Herman Melville (not to mention Steve Lacy, Jandek, Cy Twombly, Andy Milligan, Paul Bley, Alfred 23 Harth, and countless others) have always been walking alongside of me…I have tried to take the baton they have given me and to run with it through the present and into tomorrow, taking core samples along the way, and creating my poetic junk sculptures…
Grab your copies of the original Florida chapbooks while you can…and then be sure to get the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS paperback this fall from Word Mechanics. We’ll be selling them right here at the KSE blog, so stay tuned…and thank you for your support and encouragement over the years.
Oh, I’ll be filming a video of one of the Florida chapbooks while in Pittsburgh this summer, and that should be available online before the publication of the Word Mechanics book.
AND, finally, if you are within driving distance of Pittsburgh, please stop by my reading with Jim D. Deuchars at Amazing Books, 929 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh, at 2 pm, on Sunday 28 July 2013—-it will be my only reading/performance East of the Mississippi in 2013 (although I hope to get back East again in 2014…we’ll see…)
BILL SHUTE, THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS…coming in Fall 2013 from Word Mechanics, Palm Springs, California (publishers of POINT LOMA PURPLE)