Kendra Steiner Editions

September 15, 2017

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 8:15 pm

BILL  SHUTE,  “TRIMMINGS”

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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