Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

January 20, 2018

ARISING, ABIDING, AND DECAY (KSE #393), seventh and final chapbook in the Natchez Poems sequence

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the seventh volume from the recent poems written in Natchez, Mississippi


(KSE #393, poetry chapbook)

edition of 41 hand-cut, hand-assembled copies

$6 USA  postpaid (see below for postage rates outside USA)

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!


“the living can assist the imagination of the dead”–W.B. Yeats

I composed SEVEN six-page poems during my two weeks in Natchez, Mississippi, in May 2017, and here is the final one in that sequence: ARISING, ABIDING, AND DECAY (KSE #393).

Re-reading these stanzas as I was assembling the ARISING chapbooks earlier today, I could sense what a Jeremiad this piece is, but do we really have much choice in the present environment? The previous six Natchez chaps depicted a wide variety of imagery and tone, but the closing piece, inevitably, has to reflect the ugly, depressing nature of today’s struggle. However, as the repeated refrain (on pages three and six) suggests, maybe the fever will burn up and kill the infection, and then all these troubles will have been worthwhile?

Sometime in February, we will be offering, FOR JUST A FEW WEEKS AS A ONE-TIME OFFER, all SEVEN of the NATCHEZ CHAPBOOKS for one discounted price. This would be your ONLY opportunity to get the original KSE editions of these works as a set (the first one is almost sold out, so once that happens, you could not assemble a full set). Yes, these will probably be published as a set in an 8″ x 11″ book in the future, and that will be nice and I hope you’ll get one of those, but the original hand-assembled, home-made KSE editions of these poems are, to me, the intended and original form. It’s kind of like a small-label local 45 (the KSE printing) which is later picked up and reissued by a nationally distributed label (the eventually professionally published book version). The latter will get out to more people and make more of a general impact, but the true original has a certain purity about it and represents original intentions….or so I think, but maybe I’m biased? The home-made KSE chapbook publication is the only publication in the original formatting, with the original art, with the original epigraph (this time from William Butler Yeats, see top of post), 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 ARISING, ABIDING, and DECAY interesting and worthwhile. Thanks for your reading all these years!


$6 each USA postpaid….

POETRY CHAPBOOK ORDERS OUTSIDE THE US (reflecting the much higher rates as of 1/22/2018):

MINIMUM  FOREIGN ORDER, 3 CHAPBOOKS. The cost of 3 will be $19 postpaid, and each book after the third will be an extra $5. Thus, 3 chaps will be $19, 5 would be $29, 6 would be $34, etc.

EACH CHAPBOOK ADDED TO A FOREIGN ORDER OF 2 OR MORE CDR’s CAN BE ADDED FOR ONLY $5. Thus, 2 albums costs $20 postpaid, but 2 albums and a poetry chapbook would be $25.

Why not just add a poetry book to your overseas music order for only $5!

Other chapbooks available:

KSE #386 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Trimmings”…composed in New Mexico and El Paso, after the Natchez poems

KSE #391 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Natchez,” 6th of the Natchez poems

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


Also in February or early March, we’ll be bringing out a new collection of poems from longtime KSE poet and a true original, JOHN SWEET….stay tuned for it!

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