Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

June 5, 2017

new poetry for 2017, GUEST REGISTER from Bill Shute (KSE #374)

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now available: the first release from the recent poems written in Natchez, Mississippi

BILL SHUTE, “GUEST REGISTER” (KSE #374, poetry chapbook)

cover photo taken on Mickey Gilley Avenue in Ferriday, Louisiana



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!

I composed SEVEN six-page poems during my two weeks in Natchez, Mississippi, last month, and here is the first one to be edited and formatted: GUEST REGISTER. The other six will come out gradually throughout the year, and I also hope to record all seven later this summer for 2018 release.

During my Mississippi sojourn, I was reading (once again) the lectures of Jack Spicer and also a book of essays on the poetry of Frank O’Hara—-many of the seven pieces have epigraphs from O’Hara (this one does)—-but as usual, it’s 100% me, open-field poems filtered through the consciousness of a narrative persona who is up to his waist in the muck, but looking toward the horizon (I’d say stars, but these were written during the daytime)—-JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE. Natchez is a culturally rich and geographically vibrant area, and that comes out in these poems, in addition to the usual themes, which seem to be getting more strident as things continue to deteriorate here in the land of plenty.

They collected their gold though data-mining, pulling the minerals, the preferences, and the particulars from our blood, returning us an echo of the original, and selling our specifics to the highest bidder….Deputy Dawg had his forces in position by sun-up, sipping hazelnut coffee and checking their phone messages, taken for granted and passed over like a meat market to a vegan….rainwater drops, shaken loose from the canopy of foliage above the dog-trot….connected with and mapping a euthanized past, afraid to stare down the gunbarrel of today….we’d been warned to not listen to what the trees said, before they even had a chance to say it!

These seven pieces written in Natchez will eventually be collected in a full-sized professionally printed book, but as always, the home-made KSE chapbook publication is the only publication in the original formatting, with the original art, with the original epigraph (from Frank O’Hara), and in the intended form of its creation. There are only 41 copies….grab one now, while you can.

Each of these chapbooks is a stand-alone piece (the “serial poem” concept of Jack Spicer seems to fit my work well), so don’t worry about what order they are in. I consider each narrator to be a unique person telling his/her unique story from his/her unique perspective. I as poet am just the actor playing the part, the gallery-operator assembling the exhibition.

I hope you find it interesting and worthwhile. Thanks for your reading all these years!

Also available, for the same price:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #366 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Approaching The Apparent: Meditations on the Kena Upanishad”

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”

AND, don’t forget the recent poetry books of mine NOT available from KSE:

–My 2016 poetry book DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI (containing pieces composed in 2015) has been getting excellent response and is available at Amazon in the USA, in Canada, in the UK, in Germany, and in France. Just check your country’s Amazon outlet and look for Bill Shute and the above title. It’s cheaper when you buy it in your local country. In the US, here is the link:

–the 42-page art-and-poetry book APPROACHING THE APPARENT, which pairs David Payne’s artwork and my poetry, just came out from A Series of Lizards in the UK. You can order this limited-run book direct from the publisher at

I will also be featured reading THREE complete poems on a new album on the German “Moloko Plus” label from Alfred 23 Harth. That will be out later this year–stay tuned!

Our first music release for Summer 2017 will be KSE #373 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize”, new compositions for percussion by the San Antonio-based composer–that will be out July 1.

Until then, grab a copy of GUEST REGISTER….it’s a core sample of 2017 America, as only poetry can provide….

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