poetry and photography chapbook KSE #282
$6 postpaid in US / $7 postpaid elsewhere
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As with GUIDE DOGS AND BARTENDERS ON THE GULF COAST, which came out a month or two ago, HOT COMBINATION is a combination poetry-and-photography chapbook, this time written and set in Louisiana. The photos were taken in January, and the text was written during my recent stay at Evangeline Downs in June 2014.
This piece deals with fracking, which serves as its unifying image, set among a landscape of environmental poisoning, truck-stop casinos, part-time low-wage jobs, crooked glad-handing politicians selling out the safety of the citizens, and the boomtown mentality (penny-wise and pound-foolish). Cracking the corn, cracking the egg, and cracking the earth. Delta-wide and sinkhole deep. Meditations counted out in billable hours. Taking the gamble that cannot last, for a penny and a broken cigarette. Superimposing the desired over the actual. Dropped off where the birds are indistinguishable from the sky by some post-modern Orphan Train. Yes, it’s a HOT COMBINATION.
The poem itself is in eight sections, complemented by 12 photographs.
HOT COMBINATION will appear on my forthcoming spoken-word poetry album, coming out in mid-August, but here is the original text, which was edited somewhat for the recording. For me, the text on the page (the page being my canvas, as an open field poet channeling the post-Projective Verse energy into the lines and the clusters, and setting them among the spaces and the silences, bubbles on the surface of the silence) is always the original and intended form for my poetry, although I do put a lot of work into adapting the pieces for spoken-word recordings or for poetry-and-music settings. The word sculptures found on the page depict how I see and hear and feel the piece….anything else is an adaptation. Adaptations can be fine, but they are adaptations.
Composed less than two months ago, Hot Combination is, I feel, FRESH in all senses of the word. I hope you enjoy it. KSE #282 is an edition of 53 hand-numbered, hand-assembled, and awkwardly hand-cut DIY copies. When the spoken-word album comes out, HOT COMBINATION will probably sell more briskly by people who hear my reading of it, so grab your copy now to be sure you get one, and also to get the lower numbered copies.
In addition to your copy of HOT COMBINATION, why not dig into our many OTHER poetry chapbooks presently available, all micro-editions of purity and, as they say in the malt liquor business, high specific gravity:
OTHER poetry chapbooks ($6 each, ppd. in the US, $7 elsewhere…):
KSE #276 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DAVID PAYNE & BILL SHUTE, “Blues With A Bridge”
KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”
KSE #273 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)
KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol” (cover art by Wyatt Doyle)
KSE #249 (poetry chapbook) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)
KSE #236 (poetry chapbook) JIM D. DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook” (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)
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