Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

January 3, 2021

new year, new BILL SHUTE poetry book, ‘COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES’ (KSE #417), now available for order!

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KSE # 417


NOW AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON.COM and many international Amazon platforms in the UK, Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada, Italy, and France.


46-page poetic diptych, perfect-bound paperback


Composed 5/2020 through 9/2020

in Bexar County, Texas,

and St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

“What we love we are”–Robert Lowell, 1973 version of The Dolphin

“As we love we are” — Robert Lowell, 1972 version of The Dolphin

COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES is a forty-page open-field poem in two twenty-page halves, a diptych inspired by the two-panel works of Warhol and Bacon, by San Antonio poet BILL SHUTE, composed in Texas and Louisiana in May through September 2020 under lockdown from COVID-19.

It grows out of the work I’ve been doing since the 2018 RIVERSIDE FUGUE (published in 2019), where I (under the influence of Texas composer Mari Rubio’s KSE album ‘Staring At A Statue of Paint’) brought a variation of the musical fugue structure to the long-form open-field poem. That concept was extended in 2019-2020’s TOMORROW WON’T BRING THE RAIN (published in May 2020), finished during the early days of the Covid lockdown.

Simultaneously, I was studying the parallel texts of Robert Lowell’s THE DOLPHIN (1972 manuscript version and 1973 publication edition), as well as the multiple versions of Wordsworth’s THE PRELUDE, where for the last 75 years, the 1805 and 1850 editions have been published in a side-by-side format, allowing the reader to directly compare line-by-line, stanza-by-stanza, the two distinct works. Also, William Wordsworth was a habitual re-writer, a man who created multiple versions of the same works, and one can study this technique at length in the dozen-plus variorum editions of WW’s revisions in the Cornell Wordsworth series, as I’ve been doing for the last year or two). With those influences mixed into my lifelong fascination with the incremental repetition of Gertrude Stein, and with my contemplation of the Warhol and Bacon diptych paintings mentioned above (and of European altarpieces from the medieval and renaissance eras), COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES was born.

COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES presents a poetic diptych, two halves which mirror each other, two separate angles of vision focused on the same target, the two end panels on an altarpiece.

The shards assembled for the mosaic come from the physical artifacts, the habits/tendencies, the behavior, the flotsam and jetsam, and the throwaway sayings of 2020 pandemic-era Texas and Louisiana. COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES was composed both here in San Antonio and on the banks of the Atchafalaya River in South Central Louisiana.

As always, I hope you find it interesting and worthwhile.

Since 2016 I have been working exclusively with the long-form poem, in the 30-60 page range. My friends who are composers and visual artists have been a great influence on this work. Thank you to those who have been reading my various writings since the 1980’s….and especially those who have been reading (and purchasing) my poetry books since TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY in 2005. Working on a 40-page poem for a significant chunk of a year is the poet’s version of making a feature film or composing and then conducting a symphony. At my age, you don’t have time to waste….work needs to be done….

Many thanks for hanging in there with me, as we’ve taken this long strange trip together, apart.


sifting the campfire ashes from the cosmic cowboys in search of clues

so wide, so shallow

so early, so late


Remember, you can score a copy of COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES for only $8.95….here:



**later in 2021, the book of non-fiction magazine pieces from Edward D. Wood, Jr., AND THE TOPIC IS SEX, featuring my introductory essay, will be published by Bear Manor Media

**and I hope that by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022, my long-delayed selected poems volume JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE will be appearing from Moloko Print in Germany.

**I’m presently at work on another book-length poetic diptych, tentatively titled TWO SELF-PORTRAITS (AFTER MURILLO), which I hope to complete in the Summer of 2021.

Stay tuned….

BILL SHUTE, San Antonio, Texas

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