SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES (KSE #302, poetry chapbook)
this will be premiered at the KSE 9th Anniversary event next week in Dallas as part of a poetry-and-electronics set with Derek Rogers
($6 US ppd / $7 elsewhere ppd)
edition of 51 copies….
cover art by Justin Jackley
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SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES was composed during a week’s stay in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana in icy January of 2015. I spent the days soaking up the local culture and the nights watching the races at Delta Downs. Obviously, this is intended as a tip of the Mardi Gras hat to Jack Kerouac’s SATORI IN PARIS (already echoed in a KSE poetry chapbook in A. J. Kaufmann’s SATORI IN BERLIN), which I first read 35-40 years ago. I did not “get”on my first reading the particular Satori which Kerouac was offering in the book, but on re-reading a few years later, it became clear to me that the Satori was found EVERYWHERE when one opened oneself. One no longer needed the rare moment of special insight. Kerouac’s way of opening himself, IMHO, was the unflattering depiction of the narrative persona, who often came off as a jerk, an uncomprehending tourist, and someone who crippled himself by his excessive drinking. The clipped, vignette nature of the work provides a series of flashes of insight into a character (the narrative persona) who is not always insightful.
I had SATORI IN PARIS in mind when working on SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES, though of course, it’s not exactly Kerouac-like. In fact, looking it over after a number of months while getting it ready for publication, I was reminded for some reason of Federico Garcia Lorca’s POET IN NEW YORK…although he was in New York in 1929-1930, and I was in southwest Louisiana in January 2015.
Except for the first-person singular refrain appearing in sections 2 and 4 of this six-part poem, the narrative here is rooted in a first-person plural frame, WE and US, because after all, we breathe the same air, drink the same water, and face the same trials.
SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES is a series of energized poetic clusters of detail and experience, interrupted twice by existential, survival-based questions. It’s a log of the navigation of days. The epigraph on this one is from Jack Spicer: “Things do not connect; they correspond.” Indeed they do.
This one even ends on a note of hope, or should I say “possibility”…..the Satori of the title.
As always, it functions as a series of core samples, presented to the reader via the open-field poetic page.
I’m proud to say that we’ll be premiering this work as part of the KSE 9th Anniversary event in Dallas on July 30 at The Wild Detectives bookstore-bistro-performance space. Derek Rogers has composed an electronic score for the piece, and he and I will be doing a duo performance (my reading, his music) of SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES. I’m very much looking forward to that. You can get a copy of the chapbook at that reading….or, of course, direct from KSE. Ordering instructions are found above.
Let’s not forget the beautiful and evocative cover art from Austin painter Justin Jackley–always exciting to have Justin as a part of any KSE project. Be sure to check out his work online at http://justinjackley.com/Paintings.html
Grab your copy of this chapbook now–it is a limited run of 51 copies (there may be a special commemorative 10 or 12-copy edition of this available at the 9th Anniversary event, but you’ll have to be there to get that).
As always, thank you for your support of KSE (both the music and poetry sides of this operation) and of all independent low-fi/DIY artists and arts organizations, proud to be part of the so-called “no-audience underground.”
Other poetry chapbooks available (same price as above):
KSE #301 (poetry chapbook), JIM D. DEUCHARS, “Ohio Connecting Railroad Bridge” (the final installment in Jim’s Pittsburgh-Three Rivers trilogy)
KSE #297 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Lines and Fines,” Sound Library Series, Volume 77
KSE #311 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Liars in a Strange Rainy World: Cassette Poems One”