Kendra Steiner Editions

February 21, 2017

new poetry chapbook from Bill Shute, APPROACHING THE APPARENT: MEDITATIONS ON THE KENA UPANISHAD (KSE #366)

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KSE #366, APPROACHING THE APPARENT: MEDITATIONS ON THE KENA UPANISHAD 

poetry chapbook by BILL SHUTE

composed June-July 2016

edition of 41 hand-cut, hand-assembled copies

$6 US postpaid / $7 elsewhere postpaid

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

please leave note with your order letting me know which items you are ordering and your mailing address…..thanks!

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“He who can describe how

his heart is ablaze

is burning on a small pyre”

–PETRARCH, from Sonnet 137

approaching-new

APPROACHING THE APPARENT was composed here in San Antonio in June-July 2016, after returning from my “writing vacation” in central Louisiana, and in it I transpose some of the ideas found in the KENA UPANISHAD into contemporary Texas-based imagery and particulars.

Those of you who have been readers going back to TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY: THE LABOURS OF HERCULES IN THE LONE STAR STATE, published by Word Mechanics in 2005-2006, know that many of my earlier poems grew out of spiritual themes, but for me issues of that nature must be grounded in the particulars of the real world to have any real use or significance. As the old saying goes, anyone can be a monk in a monastery—however, can you find the transcendent in that abandoned strip mall or that dollar store (see Wyatt Doyle’s  book of photographs DOLLAR HALLOWEEN for a fine example of an artist who CAN) or that job bagging groceries or that noisy crime-ridden apartment complex you live in? When I have dealt with spiritual themes, I’ve tried to do that. You might also want to check out one of the pieces written during my Louisiana sojourn of May 2016, REVELATION IN SLOW MOTION (see bottom of page for that one), for another piece rooted in a spiritual text. Here’s part of APPROACHING THE APPARENT:

 

                          in the company of

                                     the older ladies

                                              poaching the eggs

 

                                         slipping me ice water

          while the boss checks her smart phone

 

                      their cavernous and smiling eyes

                                   have seen

                                            the void

 

                                      but refuse to  allow

                                                 the spark

                                                        to be extinguished

 

 

                              approaching

                                       the apparent

 

                                       heatwaves

                                             on the pavement

 

                               on the western horizon

                                    heading out of El Paso

 

                         as  I

                                  evaporate

 

                                  they reside

                         in  my     space

 


OTHER RECENT KSE POETRY CHAPBOOKS AVAILABLE FOR THE SAME PRICE:

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”

As always, thank you for your support of KSE, as we now enter our 12th year, with over 365 releases of contemporary poetry and experimental music in that time, with a lot more planned for the coming months and years….

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