FIND A PLACE TO DIE by BILL SHUTE
poetry chapbook, KSE #368
composed December 2016 in El Paso, Texas
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“The large stomach can only chew success”–Robert Lowell
As each year passes, and we look back upon where we are, I’m usually led back to the famous passage from the beginning of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – …and as we look back upon the complex year of 2016, a year (to echo FDR’s statement about December 7, 1941) that will live in infamy for a long time, I once again come to the passage from Dickens. After all, it was a great year for the arts; it was a great year for KSE and for my own writing; it was a great year for my marriage and family; it was a great year for my extended vacations to Louisiana and Oklahoma; it was a great year for micro-breweries and micro-distilleries; it was a great year for silent-film restoration and appreciation; it was a great year for Bob Dylan, both in concert (he’s at his best presently–don’t miss him) and through his Nobel Prize win. In every corner of every town, in every life, there were small pleasures and small victories to be found. I often celebrate those in my poetry.
However, we poets must document–and carve-up and create junk sculptures of–the world as it presently is, both for posterity and for our own sanity. Thus, it’s time to put on my Jeremiad clothing….to be another voice crying out about what’s been lost and what we’ve become, perhaps without our knowing it. FIND A PLACE TO DIE is a post-Projective Verse poetic action-painting done with brushes dipped in blood and bile and sweat.
We finally gave in and married the abusive boyfriend….too comfortable & too pre-occupied to stand up against him….insulated in this world of afternoons, casting our fate to the open-source algorithms, because everything is better with bacon. Waiting for the improbable to happen, and puzzled when it doesn’t.
Welcome to 2017. There is a lot to look forward to, and a lot for each of us to achieve. I’ll be doing my part as well as I can….
POETRY CHAPBOOKS AVAILABLE PRESENTLY FROM KSE, all in hand-made editions under 50 copies:
KSE #368 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Find A Place To Die”
KSE #367 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Left-Handed Cherubs”
KSE #354 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Revelation In Slow Motion”
KSE #364 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, “Make The Light Mine”
KSE #352 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Bridge on the Bayou”
Stay tuned. We have a strong release schedule of experimental music and contemporary poetry coming in 2017. Actually, we still have a few of the late 2016 releases to get out first in early 2017. Then our KSE 11th Anniversary Compilation album should be out in mid-to-late February featuring VANESSA ROSSETTO, MATTHEW REVERT, LISA CAMERON, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, JEN HILL, STEVE FLATO, FOSSILS, MORE EAZE, MASSIMO MAGEE, JOHN BELL, and BRIAN RURYK with all-new material, recorded especially for this project. As we enter our 11th year of operation, thanks to you all for your support. Please talk up our label/press with those who would enjoy what we do.