Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

March 8, 2021

finishing draft of new poetry book TWO SELF-PORTRAITS (After Murillo)

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from Murillo’s Prodigal Son sequence

Thankfully, I have a few days this coming week off-work where I can spend full-time finishing the draft of my newest long-form poem TWO SELF-PORTRAITS (AFTER MURILLO), which is in a similar diptych format to my previous book COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES…this time a 42-page work, in two 21-page sections.

Only two self-portraits survive (see pic below) from the great Spanish Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), although he may well have painted others that do not survive. One of these dates from his 30s, the other from his 50s. I have used these two self-portraits, done in those two distinct periods in his life, as the inspiration for two fictionalized “self-portraits” set in the life of my present-day viewpoint character, in his 30s and then in his 50s, in the two halves of the diptych. As a teenager back in the 1970s, I read many times John Ashbery’s long poem SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR, inspired by the painting of the same name from the Italian painter Parmigianino (1503-1540), and in a way I feel that I’m using the Murillo works as a prompt/catalyst for poetic creation in a manner similar to what Ashbery did, though of course completely different in result with mine being in the idiosyncratic Bill Shute style, and Ashbery being both a genius and a poet with a very different idiosyncratic style. Why not aim high!

I am hoping to have this new work finished and then edited by the end of May. Then I will move on to a very different kind of poetic form for my next project, which I will work on during my Summer 2021 writing vacation in Mississippi and Louisiana.

My German selected poems collection JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE will, I hope, be appearing in mid-to-late 2021 from Moloko Print, and as that comes closer, I’ll let you know the details. This book was commissioned in 2018 and I sent the manuscript to the publisher in 2018, so at this point it seems like EARLY SELECTED POEMS, but it is a handy sampling of a number of pieces (100+pages) from 2005-2017 which have only appeared in small-distribution chapbooks which are long out-of-print, none of which have ever appeared in a book-length collection, and it includes such popular pieces as LAMENT FOR THE LIVING, my poem about the final days of Chet Baker, which opens the new collection. I still get e-mails from people wanting copies of that, which was originally published in March 2010 (11 years ago!).

Until then, if you have not yet read COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES, you can get it for only $8.95 from any international Amazon platform.

Here is a shortlink for ordering for North American readers (outside of North America, just enter BILL SHUTE, COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES into the Amazon search box and you can get it as a local purchase with local postage): http://amzn.to/3rH24iB

Although some of my poetry books for other presses are sold out and no longer in-print (such as TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY, POINT LOMA PURPLE, CULTURE OF COMPLIANCE, and APPROACHING THE APPARENT), the KSE books from 2016 on are still available and can be ordered along with COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES. Those include RIVERSIDE FUGUE; TOMORROW WON’T BRING THE RAIN; NO BRICKS, NO TEMPLES; AMONG THE NEWLY FALLEN; SCULPTURE GARDEN IN THE SNOW; SATORI IN NATCHEZ; BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU; and DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI.

As always, I hope you find these works interesting and worthwhile….

BILL SHUTE (San Antonio, Texas)

Murillo: The Self-Portraits

July 31, 2020

off to central Louisiana for 10 days of poetry work

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Off soon to a cottage on the Atchafalaya River in South Central Louisiana for ten days of work on my new book-length poetry project, COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES.  I’ll have no internet there, but regular content (already uploaded) will still be appearing here at the KSE blog while I’m gone, so stay tuned. If you need me for anything, text me.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, I’m not making my customary stopover at one of the Louisiana racetracks, Delta Downs or Evangeline Downs, just going straight to my waterfront cottage and working full-time on this new two-section, 40-page open-field poem, inspired by Andy Warhol’s two-panel (diptych) paintings and Gertrude Stein’s spring-loaded incremental repetition.

warhol ileana sonnabend

Since moving back to long-form poems in 2016—-my first two poetry books, TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY (2005) and POINT LOMA PURPLE (2006) were both book-length works)—-I’ve been able to break through on to a new and higher plane and have composed and published a new long-form poetic work each year since. It’s not hard to understand the intoxicating appeal of the room-sized canvas to painters such as Twombly or Hockney or Warhol, or its musical equivalent to composers such as Feldman or LaMonte Young. I remember being in the presence of Warhol’s 25.5 feet wide CAMOUFLAGE LAST SUPPER and feeling that power. Of course, I am a lifelong student of Wordsworth’s THE PRELUDE and THE EXCURSION as well as Melvillle’s CLAREL, to bring our discussion back to poetry, although in the poems from AMONG THE NEWLY FALLEN on, my compositional method and poetic super-structure are more along the lines of a Twombly or a Feldman, which has led to the feeling of self-liberation described above. I’m also playing for much higher stakes….and, to mix metaphors, working without a net at a much higher altitude!

All of these longer poems of mine from 2016 on are still available in attractive perfect-bound paperback editions:

DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI (2016)

BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU (2017)

SATORI IN NATCHEZ (2018)

AMONG THE NEWLY FALLEN (2018)

RIVERSIDE FUGUE (2019)

TOMORROW WON’T BRING THE RAIN (2020)

Just click on the link below for direct ordering:

Bill Shute author page at Amazon

tomorrow cover

https://amzn.to/2YZFJRp

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The new work, COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES, is in some ways a direct extension of the previous book, published a few months ago, TOMORROW WON’T BRING THE RAIN, so you might want to check that out. It was released in May 2020, right at the worst period of the publishing slowdown, when it took 4-6 weeks to get a copy from the publisher….in the periods when they were even accepting orders. That did not help the book’s visibility any in what should have been its ‘launch’. However, if you order it now, you should have it in-hand in 7-10 business days. Click below and it will be winging its way to you soon….

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As always, thank you for your support and for your taking the time to read. Some people have been reading my various writings since the early 1980’s. As they say on Southwest Airlines, “we know you have a choice….”

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July 5, 2020

Fossils & Bill Shute album “Florida Nocturne Poems” available for free at Bandcamp!

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Happy to see that the 2017 version of the KSE music-and-poetry album combining the Hamilton, Ontario sound-art collective FOSSILS and my readings of the four FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS from 2012….an album that sold out in a few months when it came out…is now available to all via streaming or download at Fossils’s Bandcamp page.

Here is the original write-up on KSE #362:

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New interpretations of Bill Shute’s 2012 “Florida Nocturne Poems” with Canada’s free-improv/noise masters FOSSILS

FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE

FLORIDA NOCTURNE REVISITED (KSE #362, CDR album)

contains the pieces

SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING

MONDO DAYTONA

 PEACH COBBLER IN THE POKER ROOM

JUPITER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR

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FOSSILS ARE

Daniel Farr and David Payne

Texts and vocal, Bill Shute

Music recorded in HamiltonON

Poetry tracks recorded in AustinTX by Mari Rubio

issued March 2017

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Longtime readers will remember the four poetry chapbooks in the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS sequence, composed during my Summer 2012 “writing vacation” in Central Florida. For a number of reasons, I will never forget that sojourn. First, it was very satisfying and covered a lot of territory–and much of my writing happened at dog-tracks. Second, I passed through Sanford, Florida, and it was soon after the tragic Trayvon Martin shooting there. Third, on the last day of that trip, in a Jacksonville (a city with more police presence than I’ve ever seen) motel across the street from a Bob Evans restaurant, I received a call telling me that my mother had passed away.

In 2014, FOSSILS and I created an album mixing their sound sculpture with my 2012 Florida poems, alternating music and poetry. That album was well-received and we were very happy with it. Now, we present a NEW interpretation of the Florida Nocturne Poems with FOSSILS sound sculpture woven into the poems themselves (or is it that the poem texts are woven into the FOSSILS sound fabric–probably both), not presented separately.

As I listen to these tracks, I feel that these poems perfectly capture what I was trying to do….and what I am still doing in my present works. The collage of image and incident is peppered with just the right amount of each element, and the shards are placed into suspension to create the perfect assemblage. If you are not familiar with my work, this would be a good place to start. The themes I dealt with in 2012, alas, are even more relevant today. And when you weave these readings into the rich and deeply-textured FOSSILS sound sculptures—-which are heavily percussive and also include found sounds and conversation—-you have a sensory experience rooted in the heat and humidity of Central Florida in the summer.

Whatever people may think of this product, I can assure you no one else is doing anything remotely like it. Fossils and I have tossed this message in a bottle on to the polluted ocean of 2017 society. Let it wash up on your shore, open the bottle, and give it a try….

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Free download or streaming of the album at

https://fossills.bandcamp.com/album/florida-nocturne-poems

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I was very happy with the four-chapbook FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS sequence, and I don’t think those pieces are included in any in-print collection, and they are not included in the selected poems book (Junk Sculpture From The New Gilded Age) of mine coming out from Moloko Print in Germany, so maybe I’ll look into putting them together as a stand-alone volume….if I ever get around to it.

fossils florida

April 20, 2020

coming in June 2020, the new book-length poem from Bill Shute, Tomorrow Won’t Bring The Rain (KSE #416)

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BILL  SHUTE

TOMORROW WON’T BRING THE RAIN

KSE #416

54 pages, perfect-bound, ISBN 9798639051586

a new book-length open-field poem, in three sections

composed June 2019-April 2020 in Bexar County, Texas

I’m hoping that this will be available by June 2020, but that may not be in my power to control in the present Coronavirus environment, where poetry (and books of any kind) are considered non-essential.

This was begun immediately after the completion of RIVERSIDE FUGUE.

As always, I hope you find it interesting and worthwhile

More details in June, when it’s ready at the printers….

“Silence is my substitute for counterpoint”  –Morton Feldman

December 20, 2019

now available…”new” poetry book, NO BRICKS, NO TEMPLES, from Bill Shute

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Since August, I’ve been working on a new book-length poem (TOMORROW WON’T BRING THE RAIN), which I hope to finish this coming June during my 2020 writing vacation in Louisiana. It is a  long-term project (as RIVERSIDE FUGUE was), which I work on every week, stanza by stanza, fitting each piece into its proper place within the 45-page mosaic.

In the non-poetry arena, I still have 6 to 8 reviews in every issue of UGLY THINGS (working on the reviews for #53 now, due in mid-Feb), the other-weekly column at BLOG TO COMM (which I need to get caught up on…I like to keep 3-4 months ahead of schedule there), and I’m doing the introductory essay for a volume of non-fiction magazine articles by the great Edward D. Wood, Jr., a kind of sequel to the BLOOD SPATTERS QUICKLY and ANGORA FEVER collections of fiction. That piece is due with the book’s editor the first of February. And let’s not forget the half-finished pieces on jazz and film and literature and art I have in the draft box here at the KSE blog, which I’d like to finish sometime this year!

Regarding the “new” poetry book mentioned in the title of this post, over the last two months, I’ve been slowly reading and savoring (and making notes in) the book LIKE ANDY WARHOL by Jonathan Flatley (University of Chicago Press, 2017), one of the most satisfying critical books about the arts I’ve read in the last few years. Although the book has a thousand worthwhile insights and makes many valuable connections, one minor section which got its hooks into me touched upon Warhol’s 1980’s re-appropriation of his own appropriated 1960’s images, which I read the same day that read about the restoration of JOHN THE DRUNKARD, Bud Pollard’s 1940’s re-editing of his early 30’s horror film THE HORROR into a temperance film, with some new framing footage shot that re-contextualizes the earlier footage as alcohol-inspired hallucinations. As a long-time admirer of the “patchwork” genre among exploitation films, I started to think about film-makers who’d cannibalized their own product to create new product, as Al Adamson took THE FAKERS and turned it into HELL’S BLOODY DEVILS….or took PSYCHO A-GO-GO and turned it into FIEND WITH THE ELECTRONIC BRAIN and then transformed it again into BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR.

Inspired by Warhol and Al Adamson (not to mention Godfrey Ho and Jerry Warren), I took sections and lines from some lesser-known chapbooks of mine (from 2008-2014), ones most of you reading this would not have encountered (such as ENVY and JAYWALKERS), and ones that have not been reprinted since and aren’t in my Selected Poems volume coming out (I hope!) from Moloko Print in Germany next year. It was interesting to revisit these earlier pieces, as they are not the kind of thing I’d write today, both in form (I was doing syllable counting in some of them, based on a mis-reading of mid-60’s Creeley), and in content (some images are clearly out of Theosophical readings)—-and in the case of what became the final two pages of Section Seven (of Eight) of NO BRICKS, NO TEMPLES, I clearly remember being on the main drag in Lawrence, Kansas, when the key image pattern came to me  (in 2014, so this would be the latest material in the book). However, those older stanzas and lines have been re-purposed (see the last stanza of last year’s RIVERSIDE FUGUE if you’re a fan of that word) with the structural and compositional approach I’ve been using for the last 2-3 years, which creates an interesting tension….

With a mix of older and newer on a number of levels, and a wide variety of verse forms and imagery, NO BRICKS, NO TEMPLES should be an interesting and worthwhile way to kill an hour or two, if you’re so inclined.

Since it was assembled from pre-existing materials, I’ve priced it a dollar lower than other recent book-length poems of mine…. so if someone gave you an Amazon gift card for the holidays, why not spend $8.95 of it on NO BRICKS, NO TEMPLES.

Here is the link for ordering: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1676404597

This is also available as a local purchase at the various European and Asian Amazon outlets, so search for it on your local platform, and it will be printed and mailed to you locally, wherever you are at!

NO BRICKS COVER

NO BRICKS, NO TEMPLES

a poem in eight parts by BILL SHUTE

KSE #415

43 pages, perfect-bound paperback

$8.95

ISBN:  978-1676404590

published 16 December 2019

 

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July 19, 2013

Kendra Steiner Editions featured at Free Form Freakout–link to podcast

In early July 2013, I did an extensive interview w/ David Perron at KMSU-FM (Minnesota State University, Mankato) on the legendary Free From Freakout program, discussing my own poetry and background, the history of Kendra Steiner Editions, commentaries on many KSE artists, and a discussion of current and upcoming projects. There’s LOTS of music and a lot of interview—-the whole show runs 2 hrs. 15 min. Thanks to David for his long-time interest in KSE and the professional job he did w/ the show. Some of you will remember that I was interviewed by KMSU-FM last fall on two of the installments of their Jandek Study Group broadcasts (shows 4 and 5 out of the 7 total). Here is the link…happy listening!   http://fffreakout.blogspot.no/2013/07/fffoxy-podcast-21-kendra-steiner.html

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