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September 1, 2013

new poetry chapbook from Matt Krefting, “The Princess of Knight Avenue” (KSE #259)

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a new poetry chapbook from MATT KREFTING

matt krefting poetry PRINCESS limited hand-numbered, hand-assembled DIY edition of 125 copies,  half of which went out to pre-orders, SO GET YOURS NOW!!!!! Fewer than 60 left…  ACT NOW or read about this chapbook elsewhere instead of reading your own copy

$7 US postpaid                                  $8 elsewhere postpaid

payment via paypal to   DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

please include note w/ order stating what items you want and your address…thanks…paypal does not always provide that clearly… krefting one Western Massachusetts-based musician/writer/conceptualist MATT KREFTING is back at Kendra Steiner Editions (after his much-acclaimed album Sweet Days of Discipline) with a new poetry chapbook, THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE (KSE #259). About his KSE album and his work overall, I wrote, “Matt has a long history of fascinating work that transcends genres/boundaries/disciplines, though he’s perhaps best known as part of the duo SON OF EARTH, a unit that to me always seemed to wipe the musical slate clean and build a new music piece by piece from scratch, questioning every assumption, and living in an artistic world of their own that seemed both pre-historic (you got the sense that they would enjoy reinventing the wheel their own way) and primal yet post-modern and post-Cage.”  Those same comments are relevant here, but transposed to the world of writing, Krefting’s canvas here being the poetic page.

This suite of poems was composed in the Summer of 2010 during a period when Matt was staying at a house that had a typewriter, and as any admirer of Larry Eigner knows, the typewriter can be a musical instrument to a poet, allowing one to compose on the page with each word having a specific gravity and literally making an impression not just onto but INTO the page. Having closely studied the minimalist poetics of Aram Saroyan (check out Mr. Saroyan’s COMPLETE MINIMAL POEMS) and the late 1960’s Robert Creeley (the PIECES and WORDS-era work), Mr. Krefting brings a slow and deliberate feel to his words, each line carefully chiseled, in sections not unlike the richly textured but glacial feel of his work with Son of Earth. If anyone doubts Krefting’s sensitivity to language, listen to his under-rated album of vocals, “I Couldn’t Love You More.” The way that he takes compositions by such totally original vocalists as George Jones and Van Morrison and Richard Thompson and not only makes them his own, but makes us feel as though we are hearing them for the first time, that sensitivity to language is present in every poem in this short but sweet collection.

The tone can vary from stark to comic, and the poet’s understatement and muted range also lend a subtly disquieting feel to the proceedings–the bride is certainly stripped bare in these terse, elliptical pieces, with their 3 a.m. epiphanies, brutal truths, relationship negotiations, and existential realizations, laced with wit and etched into the page through old-school typewriter composition. It’s not only an exciting and different poetry chapbook, it’s yet another side in Matt Krefting’s original and distinctive body of work.


THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE is a unique work from a unique artist.


A new poetry chapbook from Kendra Steiner Editions (KSE #259)

$7 postpaid US.  $8 postpaid elsewhere. payment via paypal to django5722(at) yahoo(dot)com

NOTE: Europeans can order THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE directly from Penultimate Press in the UK, which should be easier than ordering from KSE in Texas. Check out their website at .

and while ordering the Matt Krefting chapbook, why not also pick up our new poetry chapbook from GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMERS VERB”, also $7 US / $8 elsewhere…only a few dozen left of the Lambkin chapbook…ACT NOW ON THAT ONE… matt krefting cover The last few copies of Matt’s previous KSE album, SWEET DAYS OF DISCIPLINE, are still available. $7 extra if you purchase the Krefting poetry book. Otherwise, $8 US / $11 elsewhere. krefting 2



Based in San Antonio, Texas, Kendra Steiner Editions is a micro-press and micro-label which has issued 260+ chapbooks of forward-thinking contemporary poetry and cdr’s of experimental music in our 7+ years of operation. While ordering your Lambkin and/or Krefting chapbooks, why not pick up another of our poetry chapbooks or cdr’s? All are hand-assembled DIY editions using varying inks and papers so you don’t know what combination you’ll get…and are in editions of under 150. ————————————————————————————————————————————

POETRY CHAPBOOKS (only $5 each when ordered w/ Krefting chapbook):

KSE #265 (art-and-poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Language of Construction” THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION

KSE #244 (poetry chapbook), MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “Unbroadcast Reruns”


KSE #263 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers”

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol”

KSE #236 (poetry chapbook),  JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)


KSE #249 (poetry chapbook), A.J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

KSE #261 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DANIEL HIPOLITO & BILL SHUTE, “Meditations on a One Way Trail”


KSE #216 (poetry chapbook), JOHN SWEET, “Brave Retreat” ————————————————————————————————————————————

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC CDR’S (only $7 each when ordered w/ Krefting chapbook, otherwise $8 US/ $11 elsewhere):

KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)


KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

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KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

djin pcw everafter r6

KSE #239, (CDR), FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

KSE #240 (CDR), SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

KSE #251, (CDR), FORBES GRAHAM, “Return: The Journey” (stunning new album from the Boston trumpeter-composer)

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


KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo, “ cover art by MP Landis. robert aram

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