Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

May 16, 2017

new art (David Payne) and poetry (Bill Shute) book, APPROACHING THE APPARENT, published in the UK by A Series of Lizards

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David Payne and I are proud to announce our new art-and-poetry book, APPROACHING THE APPARENT, a beautiful hand-crafted 42 page creation from the UK press A Series Of Lizards, edited and curated by Gary John Myles (aka Gaz). Gaz approached us about doing this because he enjoyed our previous art-and-poetry chapbook BLUES WITH A BRIDGE, which contained the dialogue of David’s art and my poetry. In this new book, we have three of my six-page poems, all the text on the right-facing pages, and eighteen newly created artworks by David, all on the left-facing pages. The art was created not only expressly for this book, but in reaction to the page of poetry which it faces!


The poems are newly edited versions of CRACK-UP 2016, ACRES, and APPROACHING THE APPARENT (Meditations on the Kena Upanishad), uniquely formatted for this page size and shape. ACRES has been a staple of my readings since I wrote it in 2009, and if you’ve heard me read since then, you will probably remember it. The three pieces are quite different from each other, but all are representative of what I feel are the best qualities of my poetry….so this would be a great entry-way if you don’t own any of my many other chapbooks. In fact, it might be THE BEST entry-way, since you are also getting David Payne’s challenging and haunting and playful art ON EVERY PAGE in dialogue with the poems.


KSE is not selling these, but you can get them straight from the publisher in the UK, A Series of Lizards, only five pounds each plus postage. Support small and innovative presses which are not extensions of MFA programs, not the recipient of some arts grant, and not bankrolled by some pretentious wanker’s rich parents…. presses which  are truly INDEPENDENT!

Here is the link for ordering:

Grab this soon as it’s a very limited run, and based on the people who’ve written me to tell me that they ordered one, the available copies may not last long. Thanks to Gaz/A Series of Lizards for inviting us to create this volume and for the great job done in editing and publishing.  It’s EXACTLY the way we hoped it would be….and maybe even better!


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