Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

September 28, 2017

Reverend Raymond Branch (1931-2017)

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Reverend Raymond Branch (1931-2017)

now gone from us, to join The Lord

serving God by serving those among God’s children least able to help themselves

rev r i p

September 23, 2017

now available…spoken-word CDR album “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems” (KSE #381)

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KSE #381 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems”….readings of the five poems composed in Louisiana in 2016, soon to be published in one book-length volume


$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

These five six-page poems were composed during my May 2016 writing vacation on Bayou Teche in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. They were published initially in 41-copy homemade KSE editions in 2016, all of which are long out-of-print. The five pieces are






These will all appear later this year in a 44-page professionally printed 8″ x 10″ paperback, in the same publication format as my earlier collection DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI. What’s on offer here is the album of my reading these pieces. These spoken-word poetry albums I’ve done over the years have always emphasized atmosphere—-you hear the sounds of the reading environment, capturing the textures and particularities of the event of the reading performance. The earlier albums were recorded by Derek Rogers, during the period he lived in Austin, and the recent albums were recorded by Marcus Rubio (aka More Eaze), both gentlemen with whom I’ve done poetry-and-music collaborations and who truly “get” the form of the poems and how to re-create that via a recording. This particular album contains a “guest performance” of aleatory percussion effects from the paws and collar of Marcus’s dog Pierre.

As for the poems, why don’t I quote some of last year’s comments on the first of the five, BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU (this was written for someone who was unfamiliar with my poetry–probably most of you reading this do not fall into that category):

“The spring was nothing new to him, nor its sounds, its perfumes, its colors; nor was its tender and caressing breath; but, for some unaccountable reason, these were reaching him today through unfamiliar channels.”

–Kate Chopin, An Easter Day Conversation

After a lot of planning/organizing/note-taking (which I always do for each work—-one cannot get any useful construction done without a blueprint and without first laying a foundation) during spare minutes in the Spring of 2016, I hit the ground running when I finally got my almost-two-week “writing vacation” on Bayou Teche, on the south end of Arnaudville, Louisiana, in St. Martin Parish, in the second half of May 2016. Enjoying strong black tea each morning on a floating dock on the bayou, watching the sun come up, I worked hard  into the afternoon and then again in the late night…and managed to produce  FIVE six-page poems, of which BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU is the first. Each is a collage of images filtered through a different narrative persona, reflecting an invented but likely narrative set in that area, presented in the open-field style….core samples of the state of things and of consciousness circa 2016, postcards from the front, junk sculpture from the New Gilded Age. If you are new to my poetry (and greetings to those who saw my reading at TYCA-SW or who stumbled across DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI on Amazon or elsewhere), my technical roots are in Paul Blackburn, Ted Berrigan, Larry Eigner, mid-to-late 60’s Robert Creeley, Diane Wakoski, and late-period W. C. Williams—-although I have taken that ball handed off to me by the poets of earlier generations and run with it in my own directions toward my own goals. My first book-length work, from 2005, was 12 GATES TO THE CITY: THE LABOURS OF HERCULES IN THE LONE STAR STATE (published by Word Mechanics), a twelve-part journey along the Interstate-10 corridor from Lake Charles to Las Cruces, though mostly here in Texas, which treated the source legend of the classical Hercules and his 12 labours the way I felt that Jean-Luc Godard had treated KING LEAR in his little-known adaptation from 1987, a work which was a huge inspiration. It’s been a long, strange trip for me since then, issuing over a hundred five-to-eight page poetry chapbooks, another book-length work (Point Loma Purple), and operating the music-and-poetry collective Kendra Steiner Editions, which has released over 350 albums and chapbooks and which has carved out a significant international presence in that time…. 

The words, phrases, and stanzas float on the page; the insects, dirt, leaves, and broken twigs float downstream on Bayou Teche. If you are new to the world of post-Projective Verse poetry composition, I recommend reading the following essay, “Projective Verse: The Spiritual Legacy of the Beat Generation,” by Paul E. Nelson:

BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU….energized particles of language and consciousness with the taste of central Louisiana….six pages, six fields, six assemblages, six “portholes of consciousness”…..thick pine smoke in our eyes, already moist with tears….husky patriots armed with dogwhistle jargon meet behind the rose hedges….her brother had become inattentive at his job at the meat processing plant, consumed with his quest to find a cache of treasure buried in a brass bucket by retreating French pirates two centuries past….detached, but not indifferent….manifestations of Siva on the horizon….hard trials & great tribulations….

This album has been in circulation privately for many months, but I wanted to get all the Summer 2017 KSE music releases out first before I released this. Now that those are all out (and the first of the Fall/Winter releases, from Alfred 23 Harth, will be coming in a few weeks), it’s time to get this out to a larger audience (I hope!). It should be an excellent entry-way to the book publication of these pieces. With writers as diverse as Chaucer and Gertrude Stein, hearing a recording of an author’s work being read often can give one an excellent sense of how it reads on the page, allowing for the reader to sound out the words in his/her/their head while savoring the language. I’ve been told by a number of readers that hearing my pieces read helps give them a voice to hear on the page. You be the judge.

$8 postpaid in the USA  

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $14.50 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what items you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

FOREIGN KSE FRIENDS: we have a lot of great albums to use for your second album, costing only 2 dollars more (!!!) than one album, due to the exorbitant foreign postage rates, which are pretty much the same for one or for four or five cd’s. Take advantage of that and get some OTHER CDR ALBUMS OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC (and more) PRESENTLY AVAILABLE FROM KSE:


KSE #377, JOHN BELL, ‘Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals’

KSE #375, MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

KSE #373, DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” 

KSE #381, BILL SHUTE, “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems”…

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar


KSE #362, FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “Florida Nocturne Revisited”….new interpretations of Shute’s Florida Nocturne Poems


KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”



KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space”–cover art by Jennifer Baron

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE  reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

You can also get some KSE poetry chapbooks in the same order with your CDR’s (note: foreign orders must buy a minimum of two CDR’s in order to get poetry chapbooks at these prices…write me if you have any questions….sorry, but that’s the way the US Postal Service operates….it costs me $14.50 to send ONE cdr overseas)


($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #386 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Trimmings”

KSE #382 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Difficulties, The Impossibilities”

KSE #380 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Time Crystals”

KSE #378 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Meltdown”

KSE #376 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE “New Jerusalem”

KSE #372 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guest Register”

KSE #368 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Find A Place To Die”

KSE #367 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Left-Handed Cherubs”

KSE #364 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, “Make The Light Mine”

Thanks for your support as we are in our 12th year of operation, dedicated to forward-thinking music and poetry.


FYI: The earlier copies of this poetry album which were in circulation contain an incorrect stock number, one which was later assigned to another album. I doubt anyone “trainspots” our releases that closely, but I wanted to make that clear in case there is any confusion… KSE #381 is the correct number for this release, NOT KSE #368….


September 15, 2017

new poetry chapbook, TRIMMINGS (KSE #386), now available

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KSE #386 (poetry chapbook)

composed in New Mexico and Texas, June and July 2017

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!

trimmings cover

Interrupting the sequence of seven Natchez poems, here is a new piece written after those, over a number of weeks in June and July 2017….in Ruidoso and Santa Fe, New Mexico, in El Paso, Texas, and edited and finalized in between watching horse-racing simulcasts from Mountaineer Park in West Virginia.

A six-page open-field poem, a language sculpture, containing trimmings from contemporary American daily-life and consciousness (read the Wikipedia entry on “advanced meat recovery” to get further insight into one of the meanings of “trimmings”).

Searching for the horizon line….tramp stamps & dinosaur juice….they’re bombing civilians somewhere, in my name & on my dime….only the floors, the ceilings, and the fourth walls offer escape, transcendence….clinging to the raft of the Medusa….not sure where she can catch the last train to Shreveport….

Many thanks to those who’ve sent feedback on the first five volumes of the Natchez poems (all of which are still available)…the final two volumes will come out in the next two months, and I’ll be recording the entire sequence for release as a spoken-word CDR album in 2018 sometime. Stay tuned.

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

“I can’t paint views. I can paint objects. I can’t paint views.”–John Singer Sargent

Also, if anyone is reading this in Western Massachusetts, I’m going to be back East next summer (PA/NY/NJ/CT/MA), and I’ve been invited to do a reading in the greater Amherst area while back there (I did a reading at Flying Object back there in 2001). I’ll hold off on the specifics of the bookstore (and the identity of the amazing poet I’ll be reading with) for now, but if you’re in the area, please check back here next May or early June for the details…this will probably be in late June of 2018.

Also available, for the same price:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #382 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Difficulties, The Impossibilities,” 5th of the Natchez poems

KSE #380 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Time Crystals,” 4th of the Natchez poems

KSE #378 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Meltdown,” 3rd of the Natchez poems

KSE #376 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “New Jerusalem,”  2nd of the Natchez poems

KSE #374 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guest Register,” 1st of the Natchez poems

As we are now in our 12th year of operation at KSE, thanks to all who have read, listened to, talked about, written about, promoted, mentioned online, played on the air, shared a post or a link about,  etc. our releases in that time. There are, literally, tens of thousands of KSE releases out there in the world, both poetry chapbooks and CDR albums. I like to think of our operation as a kind of post-modern Johnny Appleseed…and I’m always surprised and happy about the many ways our releases have taken root and caused various things to sprout, all over the world. There are hundreds and thousands of micro-labels and micro-presses over the world—-we’re really in a golden age right now in terms of that, which is great since so much of what’s going on otherwise in the world and in the USA right now sucks and we are in a kind of low period historically—-and I wish them all well. Person-to-person communications across the oceans and between cultures among those into the many and various arts can be a very positive force and can in a small way counteract the many and varied nefarious forces out there scorching the earth and its people in the service of corrosive forms of capitalism, fundamentalist religion (of all stripes), tribalism and nationalism and cultural xenophobia, the military-industrial complex, personal vanity, etc.

Our fall 2017 lineup of music releases will begin in October with an exciting new release from the SHANGHAI QUINTET featuring Alfred 23 Harth. Stay tuned….

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