Kendra Steiner Editions

April 11, 2014

new poetry-and-photography chapbook, Bill Shute, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders On The Gulf Coast” (KSE #280)

BILL  SHUTE

“Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

poetry and photography chapbook                KSE #280

$6 postpaid in US / $7 postpaid elsewhere

payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

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GUIDE DOGS AND BARTENDERS ON THE GULF COAST….8 pages of poems composed during my recent 5-day stay in Galveston County, the setting of the previous chapbooks SEAWALL and THE MOSQUITOES OF LA MARQUE…the photographs were taken a few months ago.

On my own both on the Island and the mainland in the first week of April 2014, armed with copies of THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF JACK SPICER, Diane Wakoski’s JASON THE SAILOR (Volume 2 in her four-volume ARCHEOLOGY OF MOVIES AND BOOKS), and that perennial favorite, Paul Blackburn’s JOURNALS…..like an actor improvising within character in a Cassavetes film, the narrator of this chapbook found himself thrust into re-inventing himself and creating a new life in Galveston County, Texas, circa 2014….kept on a short leash, crashing with acquaintances willing to help him get his footing, looking for work, having to re-learn the dirty little secrets on which this 2014 social and economic order is based….the chapbook is a series of open-field poetic assemblages, unified by the consciousness of our narrator, but also has an easy-to-follow narrative woven in…. The text covers the top 60% or so of each page, while the bottom 40% features Gulf Coast photographs I took in January 2014.

Together, text and photographs (we hope) take you deep into the poem’s setting and both the narrator’s consciousness and his immediate environment. See the flashing red and blue lights from the Sheriff’s patrol car, smell the oil-tinged salt air, taste the soggy all-you-can-eat burritos, hear the calls from the bingo parlor, feel the seaweed wrapped around your leg during a pre-dawn swim, during that brief window of time when shore access is not controlled.

It’s not an ideal life, but as Paul Laurence Dunbar put it so eloquently in the final lines of his 1903 novel THE SPORT OF THE GODS, “it was all that was left to them, and they took it up without complaint, for they knew they were powerless against some Will infinitely stronger than their own.” But of course, it’s all about finding the cracks in the wall, emerging through the margins, mapping the underground highway, and stealing small shards of ecstasy wherever/whenever one can….with the assistance of the Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast.

Limited,  (awkwardly)hand-cut, hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 39 copies. Get yours now. As this is a poetry and photography book, it’s possible that the poems (not the photos) might appear in some future “Selected Poems” volume (if people feel they are worthy of it), but they WILL NOT appear in this context with the dialogue of text and photograph, which is the way I created this volume and the way I prefer for it to be experienced.

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more poetry chapbooks available from KSE:

these ones are $7 US postpaid / $8 elsewhere postpaid

KSE #272 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL…JIM D. DEUCHARS….MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH…. A.J. KAUFMANN….MATT KREFTING, POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED”

KSE #258, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMERS VERB”

KSE #259, MATT KREFTING, “THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE”

(NOTE: last remaining copies on 258 and 259)

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these ones are $6 US postpaid / $7 elsewhere postpaid

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

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

KSE #256 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Led Along” (Sound Library Series, Volume 73)

KSE #269 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “That Eccentric Rag” (sound library series, volume 74)

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

 

ps, please include a note w/ your paypal order listing the items ordered and your mailing address…

 

 As always, thanks for your support of independent DIY arts organizations such as KSE…direct from person-to-person, no middleman (or woman)…

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