Kendra Steiner Editions

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

June 24, 2015

new from LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Sol Et Terra” (KSE #299)

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LISA ERNESTO LIVE

higher-key sonic alchemy of the deepest and most profound sort

the duo of LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE

“Sol Et Terra”   (KSE #299, cdr album)

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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Lisa Cameron–percussion, electronics, lap steel

Ernesto Diaz-Infante–12 string acoustic guitar

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recorded by Marjorie Sturm at (Next Door to the

Jefferson Airplane Studios), San Francisco, 9/2013

Mastered by Dylan Cameron

1. Rise 2. The House at Pooneil Corners

3. Sun Psychic 4. Stars Within Stars

5. Queen of Pentacles 6.Labor and Fruits

7. Imagination Eye 8. The Daughter 

Ernesto Diaz-Infante, west-coast composer and guitar/bajo sexto visionary, and Lisa Cameron, Texas psychedelic shaman, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist,  first played together at the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert in Austin in 2012 (see poster below). Since then, Lisa has traveled out to the Bay Area a few times to work and record with Ernesto, and the rapport of these two is nothing short of musical alchemy. SOL ET TERRA was recorded at Ernesto’s home studio, and once again, these two deliver something amazing and unexpected. There is a lot of Ernesto’s hypnotic close-miked raga-like “strumming” style, and when that’s mixed with Lisa’s tribal-psych percussion and warped jagged lap-steel and various electronic treatments, it’s hard to tell the contributions of the two musicians apart. As with all higher-key sounds (think Ya Ho Wa 13 or Book of Shadows), this is music of the elements, fire-water-earth-air, and it creates a kind of rarefied sacred-space wherever you listen to it. Reference points include Ya Ho Wa 13 (minus the chanting) or Hans Reichel’s BONOBO, maybe also BEAT OF THE EARTH or the Velvets Exploding Plastic Inevitable boot. I cannot speak highly enough of the magic(k)al feel this music creates (and documents). This San Francisco-Austin axis continues to bear rich fruit. I believe this is the fourth KSE release for both Ernesto and for Lisa, and we are proud to work with this transcendent duo.

Some of these tracks also appear in the soundtrack to the acclaimed feature film THE CULT OF JT LEROY, directed by Marjorie Sturm, and coming to a film festival near you. I should also mention that Lisa just got back from a month-long tour (with ST 37) backing ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE across North America.  SOL ET TERRA presents two contemporary masters at the top of their game….as we said above, it’s higher-key sonic alchemy of the deepest and most profound sort.

Get your copy now….$8 US and $11.50 elsewhere, postpaid. We also have a limited number of copies of Lisa’s recent Venison Whirled CDR album TETRAGRAMMATONES on the Eh! label, which you can get for an extra $8 or $11.50 with an order for SOL ET TERRA (It’s not available separately). I’ve got only 7 copies of this, so act fast.

LISA AND ERNESTO              ERNESTO AND LISA          two great tastes that taste great together!

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And while you are ordering that, why not also get some of our 2015 releases:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized KSE CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11.50)

Please include a note with your paypal order including the items ordered AND your mailing address (which Paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

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NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK (a joint release with Middle James Co.—-only 48 copies made, 24 from Middle James, 24 from KSE)

RAMBUTAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

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NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #296, THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

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NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298, GIFT FIG:  the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch” (live in South Africa, September 2014)

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NEW FOR 2015: KSE #293, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “stylistic deautomatization”

STEVE FLATO

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #307, STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”

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NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292, DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis

March 21, 2015

now available, STEVE FLATO, Exhaust System (KSE #307)

STEVE FLATO

Exhaust System (KSE #307, CDR album)

A process piece in just intonation for three clarinets, oboe, bassoon, cello, bass, and sine waves.

mastered by A. F. Jones, Laminal Audio (http://laminalaudio.com), cover art by Nicholas Szczepanik

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STEVE FLATO

KSE believes in contemporary composers and contemporary composition…hence our albums by Nick Hennies, Brent Fariss, Marcus Rubio, Forbes Graham, and others….and we try to bring composers with exciting new creations into the fold and feature their work, giving them an international platform for release of new pieces in hard-copy CDR form. We are introducing two composers new to the KSE family in 2015 (the second, Denton, TX-based JEN HILL, will be featured in Fall 2015), and the first of these is San Diego-based composer and multi-instrumentalist STEVE FLATO. Having performed and recorded with such friends as DEREK ROGERS and VANESSA ROSSETTO, Steve was familiar to me, and when I heard his major new piece in just intonation EXHAUST SYSTEM, I immediately inquired about an album release on KSE. Long-form process pieces in poetry, film, the visual arts, and music have always fascinated me, and EXHAUST SYSTEM is the kind of work you can put on and then immerse yourself in its world and FEEL its construction and its internal logic from the inside out (and the rich and crystal-clear mastering of Alan Jones, who also did our recent Derek Rogers album, helps a lot to bring a sense of depth and immediacy to the listening experience). I remember back in the day listening to the LaMonte Young album on Shandar at various volumes and settings, in different parts of the room, on headphones and without headphones, etc., and speaking of Shandar, also doing that with Terry Riley’s PERSIAN SURGERY DERVISHES. (I’m also reminded of the cascading/alternating/slipping/incantatory repetitions in Gertrude Stein’s THE MAKING OF AMERICANS.) This is that  kind of album….a transcendent listening experience and a fascinatingly constructed piece. Let’s let the composer explain:

EXHAUST SYSTEM  is a process piece based on Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting In A Room” for 3 clarinets, oboe, bassoon, sine waves, bass, and cello. It is in the system of tuning called just intonation, a microtonal tuning that uses pure ratios to achieve very pure sonorities. Basically, it is like “I Am Sitting In A Room” in that the source sounds (microtonally tuned instruments playing swells of long notes instead of spoken voice in this case) are processed by being sent into a room over and over again. I’m sure you are familiar with this piece, so you know how Lucier’s piece works linearly. He starts from point A (dry) and goes to point B (processed reverb). In Exhaust System, each instrument is on its own timeline. The process, instead of linearly like Lucier, works backwards, from the middle, going 2x speed, half speed, etc and through different permutations. This creates a counterpoint between the instruments texturally and harmonically. Additionally, all the “swelling” notes played by the instruments was done so through a Reaktor script that randomized when these swelling events would happen. The effect is a shimmering, pulsating wave of sonorities that moves and changes so slowly that you can’t quite perceive any differentiation.

Steve also did a recent interview with the Spanish website PREPARED GUITAR, where he explains his aesthetic and the nature of his work very well. Check it out here: http://preparedguitar.blogspot.com.es/2015/03/steve-flato-13-questions.html

This is an exciting and fascinating album from a man who’s making a name for himself in the contemporary music world, and it’s easy to see why with such a major release as EXHAUST SYSTEM. Be sure to get your copy NOW…I can’t imagine this piece ever getting old…! Ordering instructions above….and why not check out some of KSE’s other excellent releases of contemporary experimental music on CDR….look below on this page for brand-new releases from DEREK ROGERS and FOSSILS along with the remaining copies of late 2014 releases from MATT KREFTING, BRENT FARISS, ALFRED 23 HARTH, and others.

BIO: Steve Flato is a San Diego-based musician working primarily in and exploring areas between composition and improvisation. Using live sound manipulation, broken electronics, just intonation guitar, and mangled samples, he transforms and rearranges his own sound and the sound of his collaborators in live settings and on record.
Flato is concerned with process and chance, and the line between synthetic and natural sounds. He is particularly interested in impurity — taking processes and concepts and freely interchanging them without the process necessarily dictating form. His label, Abrash, is named after the impurities found in the accidental color bleeding that occurs in the process of creating rugs, noted by Morton Feldman.
His compositions are often sourced from improvisations, improvisations sourced from compositions, and he utilizes recurring and intuitive processes to transform his material. In addition to Abrash, he has appeared on labels such as Copy For Your Records, Kendra Steiner Editions and Lengua de Lava. Past collaborative work includes  Fyxzis (with Corey Larkin and Richard Kamerman) and Hwaet (with Vanessa Rossetto).
Visit Mr. Flato at  http://abrash.org/flato

STEVE ONE

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Other exciting experimental music CDR albums available from KSE:

FOSSILS BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS, “For Brian Ruryk” (a joint release with Middle James Co., KSE has only 22 copies of this)

derek 2015

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292, DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis

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remaining copies of new releases from 2014:

KSE #275 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “China Collection”

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$8 US postpaid                       $11.50 outside of US postpaid

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

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Steve’s other new album, SALON DE FLATO, available from the excellent COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS label, which has done releases from other KSE artists such as Massimo Magee and Marcus Rubio….an essential label! Here’s the ordering link for that album:  http://cfyre.co/rds/

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STEVE TWO

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STEVE POSTER

As always, thank you for your support of independent artists and independent arts collectives such as KSE….

January 20, 2015

late 2014 Bill Shute poetry chapbooks

Welcome to the new year—-Time to watch last year retreat into the rear-view mirror, time to make this year better and more productive and more enjoyable and more kind and tolerant than last year. Time to live on a deeper level in 2015….so we need to move on at KSE. Last year was productive for me, poetry-wise, so we’ve got six different poetry (and poetry-and-photography) chapbooks from the second half of 2014 still available. The lower-numbered ones are down to a handful of copies left, so grab these now if you are so inclined….and if you are not, then please move out of your comfort zone and GET so inclined. Many of these pieces are set in particular locales (Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, Kansas, etc.) and have a very strong sense of place—-they are funny, they can be tragic, the use of language is fresh, the form/structure is untypical, and they work as barometers for contemporary society and culture. What more could you ask for $6. Also, four of them are poetry-and-photography chapbooks—in those,  my photographs dialogue with the poems on the same page. These cost more to print, but the end result is well worth it. I’m moving away from that in 2015 with the projects I have on the drawing board, so take advantage of these while you can. Because of the nature of printing chapbooks with photographs, I’m fairly sure these will not be reprinted this way in the future. The poetry half may be extracted for republication, but the photos won’t.

I grew up with and learned my craft from study of mentors such as Blackburn, Wieners, Berrigan, Reznikoff, Eigner, and Dorn, and I’d like to think that I took the baton offered by those folks’ work and ran with it in directions different from the way others have….

There are a lot of new poetry events coming your way from KSE….I have a new poetry-and-music album (just finished recordings the vocal tracks yesterday in Austin) with the Hamilton, Ontario-based free-improv sound sculptors FOSSILS coming out in March, THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, pictured here:

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I completed two new chapbooks during my week in Louisiana (see previous post). A few of KSE’s finest poets will be back for new chapbooks in 2015 (details later), AND we will be compiling an anthology chapbook in late 2015 to celebrate KSE’s TENTH ANNIVERSARY, featuring a number of different poets such as Adrian Manning and Michael Layne Heath.

And there are more poetry-and-music collaborations planned….

UNTIL THEN, please take a minute and score a few of the latest round of Bill Shute poetry chapbooks. Response has been great on these–many e-mails and text messages and notes have been rec’d from readers who enjoyed and appreciated these. All are editions of around 50, home-made, hand-cut…and once they are gone, they are gone. Ordering is easy….HERE THEY ARE:

NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #295 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Caged Heat”

CAGED HEAT

KSE #278 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Life Goes To A Party, sound library series, volume 76″

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KSE #290 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jaywalkers: ducal poems, three”

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KSE #287 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Fellowship of the Frog”  

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KSE #282 (poetry-and-photography chapbook),  BILL SHUTE, “Hot Combination” 

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KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

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We have a lot planned for 2015….a new round of releases will begin in early March with an exciting new album from DEREK ROGERS!

August 30, 2014

JAYWALKERS: ducal poems, three (KSE #290), new poetry chapbook from BILL SHUTE

BILL  SHUTE

JAYWALKERS: Ducal Poems, Three

KSE #290 (poetry chapbook)

$6 ppd. in USA / $7 ppd. elsewhere

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The “Ducal Poems” series is an open-ended poetry chapbook series of works inspired by the compositions of Duke Ellington. JAYWALKERS  is my third chapbook in the DUCAL POEMS series, although I have not chosen to publish the first two yet (however, CIRCLE OF FOURTHS, the first of the Ducal volumes, appears on the soon-to-be-released spoken-word poetry album WORRIED MEN AND WOODEN SOLDIERS). They should come out within the next year.

One of the dirty little secrets of the adult world, one that most of us have to learn by experience since we tend to be a bit naive as we are developing, is that those who proclaim themselves to be an “alternative” to the mainstream or the status quo are just as flawed, just as corrupt, just as dishonest, just as vain, and just as power-hungry as those on the “inside.” They set up just as many hierarchies, they play just as many (if not more) games, and they are just as elitist, although in a different way. The irony is that they view themselves as “progressive” or “radical” and superior to the mainstream, which makes them often EVEN MORE pretentious and insufferable than their mainstream counterparts. They don’t realize (or maybe they do and hate themselves because of it) that they are in the same game, played on the same gameboard, as those in the mainstream whom they feel superior to. If you refuse to validate their game or if you refuse to fall into their hierarchy in the place they have assigned to you, they will crush you and your work as fast as they’d step on a roach. One sees this in politics, in the arts (the poetry “alternative” establishment is a perfect example), in many other areas of society. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, etc. Those who want to be in power are a mirror image of those who ARE in power. How can someone be a “kingmaker” of the underground when the underground is supposed to be opposed to the concept of kings and hierarchies….

Those who seek a “third way” are forever marginalized as JAYWALKERS.

That’s what this new six-part poem is about….and also what it embodies.

This is a poetry chapbook that walks down the street looking into the windows of cafes and bistros that it can’t afford to enter…or that it is not well-enough dressed to enter.

I began this in July but wrote most of it while on the road in Kansas, western Missouri, and Oklahoma in early August. I remember standing with Mary Anne on the sidewalk of the main drag in Lawrence, Kansas,  and looking across Massachusetts St., from one side to the other, as Saturday night cruising-traffic drove by—suddenly, the image patterns for this chapbook crystallized in my brain, and finishing the work was just a matter of connecting the dots. Lawrence is a great town, by the way…..we also found William Burroughs’ old house while there, it’s a beautiful area with an interesting history (Langston Hughes lived there), and there’s a great used bookstore (The Dusty Bookshelf)…among many other things. However, this piece is NOT set in Kansas the way some of my recent pieces have been set in specific geographical areas. As in a Harold Pinter play, it’s immediate and full of real-world specifics, but given a surface universality.

It’s the same post-Blackburn, post-Berrigan open-field poetry, full of particulars to chew on like VERY chunky peanut butter, you’ve come to expect, but each piece chooses its own form, its own voice, its own speaker/persona, its own tone. It’s a piece that cries the same primal howl that the Jandeks or the Harry Partches or the Andy Milligans or the DA Levy’s of the world have cried through both their works and their example. If you are out there  masked and anonymous but feeling the same thing, it’s for you.

Hand-assembled, hand-numbered, imprecisely-cut DIY edition of 39 copies. Get yours now.

$6 US / $7 elsewhere

OTHER  available poetry chapbooks ($6 each, ppd. in the US, $7 elsewhere…):

KSE #287 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Fellowship of the Frog”

KSE #282 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Hot Combination”

KSE #276 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DAVID PAYNE & BILL SHUTE, “Blues With A Bridge”

KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

We also have an excellent catalog of NEW experimental music from cutting-edge artists from four continents, but KSE began as a poetry press, so I’ll stick to promoting poetry in this post.

As always, thank you for supporting independent, non-aligned arts collectives such as Kendra Steiner Editions…..such organizations are the tortoises that will eventually win the race.

April 11, 2014

new poetry-and-photography chapbook, Bill Shute, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders On The Gulf Coast” (KSE #280)

BILL  SHUTE

“Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

poetry and photography chapbook                KSE #280

$6 postpaid in US / $7 postpaid elsewhere

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GUIDE DOGS AND BARTENDERS ON THE GULF COAST….8 pages of poems composed during my recent 5-day stay in Galveston County, the setting of the previous chapbooks SEAWALL and THE MOSQUITOES OF LA MARQUE…the photographs were taken a few months ago.

On my own both on the Island and the mainland in the first week of April 2014, armed with copies of THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF JACK SPICER, Diane Wakoski’s JASON THE SAILOR (Volume 2 in her four-volume ARCHEOLOGY OF MOVIES AND BOOKS), and that perennial favorite, Paul Blackburn’s JOURNALS…..like an actor improvising within character in a Cassavetes film, the narrator of this chapbook found himself thrust into re-inventing himself and creating a new life in Galveston County, Texas, circa 2014….kept on a short leash, crashing with acquaintances willing to help him get his footing, looking for work, having to re-learn the dirty little secrets on which this 2014 social and economic order is based….the chapbook is a series of open-field poetic assemblages, unified by the consciousness of our narrator, but also has an easy-to-follow narrative woven in…. The text covers the top 60% or so of each page, while the bottom 40% features Gulf Coast photographs I took in January 2014.

Together, text and photographs (we hope) take you deep into the poem’s setting and both the narrator’s consciousness and his immediate environment. See the flashing red and blue lights from the Sheriff’s patrol car, smell the oil-tinged salt air, taste the soggy all-you-can-eat burritos, hear the calls from the bingo parlor, feel the seaweed wrapped around your leg during a pre-dawn swim, during that brief window of time when shore access is not controlled.

It’s not an ideal life, but as Paul Laurence Dunbar put it so eloquently in the final lines of his 1903 novel THE SPORT OF THE GODS, “it was all that was left to them, and they took it up without complaint, for they knew they were powerless against some Will infinitely stronger than their own.” But of course, it’s all about finding the cracks in the wall, emerging through the margins, mapping the underground highway, and stealing small shards of ecstasy wherever/whenever one can….with the assistance of the Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast.

Limited,  (awkwardly)hand-cut, hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 39 copies. Get yours now. As this is a poetry and photography book, it’s possible that the poems (not the photos) might appear in some future “Selected Poems” volume (if people feel they are worthy of it), but they WILL NOT appear in this context with the dialogue of text and photograph, which is the way I created this volume and the way I prefer for it to be experienced.

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more poetry chapbooks available from KSE:

these ones are $7 US postpaid / $8 elsewhere postpaid

KSE #272 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL…JIM D. DEUCHARS….MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH…. A.J. KAUFMANN….MATT KREFTING, POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED”

KSE #258, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMERS VERB”

KSE #259, MATT KREFTING, “THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE”

(NOTE: last remaining copies on 258 and 259)

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these ones are $6 US postpaid / $7 elsewhere postpaid

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

KSE #263 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers”

KSE #256 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Led Along” (Sound Library Series, Volume 73)

KSE #269 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “That Eccentric Rag” (sound library series, volume 74)

KSE #261 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DANIEL HIPOLITO & BILL SHUTE, “Meditations on a One-Way Trail”

 

ps, please include a note w/ your paypal order listing the items ordered and your mailing address…

 

 As always, thanks for your support of independent DIY arts organizations such as KSE…direct from person-to-person, no middleman (or woman)…

January 3, 2014

last call for KSE 2013 releases…very few remaining on most…

KSE has a strong release schedule of both music and poetry lined up for 2014 beginning in February with our EGG, EGGS album, but until then, we still have some great 2013 items available in limited quantity–no wholesale on any of these. About a dozen other 2013 releases are sold out and/or have been deleted from the catalog in the last week (Forbes Graham, Unmoor, Bill Shute & Marcus Rubio, Venison Whirled, etc.). Here’s what you can still get if you act fast:

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CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

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KSE #240 (CDR) SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

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KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)

KSE #255 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE/LISA CAMERON/LEE DOCKERY, “Live At the KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT”

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #239, (CDR) FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls” 

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SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS from Lambkin and Krefting ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)—VERY LIMITED STOCK ON THESE TWO

KSE #258, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMERS VERB”

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KSE #259, MATT KREFTING, “THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE”

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OTHER poetry chapbooks ($6 each, ppd. in the US, $7 elsewhere…):

KSE #265 (art-and-poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, ‘The Language of Construction”

KSE #263 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers”

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol” (cover art by Wyatt Doyle)

KSE #249 (poetry chapbook) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

KSE #236 (poetry chapbook)  JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)

KSE #261 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DANIEL HIPOLITO & BILL SHUTE, “Meditations on a One-Way Trail”

KSE #249 (poetry chapbook), A.J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

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KSE #256 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Led Along”

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October 27, 2013

That Eccentric Rag (Sound Library Series, Volume 74), new Pittsburgh-set/Pittsburgh-written poetry chapbook from Bill Shute

THAT ECCENTRIC RAG (KSE #269)

Volume 74 in the Sound Library Series

a new poetry chapbook from BILL SHUTE

composed in Pittsburgh, PA, in late July 2013

$6 postpaid anywhere….paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please include note w/ order and include address…thanks

that eccentric rag cover

When I travel (to Louisiana, to New England, to New Mexico, wherever), I always try to soak up as much of the local texture and culture as possible, and I usually take that raw material and that fresh environment and assemble poetry from the sounds and smells and details and concrete surface reality of the area. In late July 2013, I was able to do that while visiting the greater Pittsburgh area, ranging from Hermitage PA to the north and Wheeling WVA to the southwest. This was my 4th trip to Pittsburgh in the last 10 years, and it’s one of my favorite cities for many reasons. It seemed like the perfect place to create another poetic cluster of images and perspectives and situations and voices and flotsam and jetsam and fictionalized-but-likely experiences. In other words, another Bill Shute poetry chapbook.

Blinded before sunrise in a sea of camouflage…the money’s good for those collecting tolls, those servicing the permanent war, & those connecting us to the cloud……………planting fear in strangers, for a profit……………lost individuals bump into each other and grab for a brass ring that was stolen months ago and sold for scrap………aces in the hole, melting the ice until we fall through………if you accept the job, you accept the marching orders………… With pierogies and a bottle of Yuengling on the side. As claimed in an ad for a lowbrow wrestling movie back in the 1980’s, “it’s disgustingly real.”  Unpolished, jagged clusters of energy, literary junk sculpture from the new gilded age….composed in the belly of the beast that was the original Gilded Age, but now one of the most livable American cities….PITTSBURGH.

THAT ECCENTRIC RAG.   Hand-assembled, imperfectly-cut edition of 49 copies. Get yours now. Read it, so you won’t have to live it…

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Other recent poetry chapbooks from Bill Shute, available from KSE for $6 postpaid anywhere (only a handful of most of these remain, all are editions of fewer than 70 copies each):

KSE #265 (art-and-poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, ‘The Language of Construction”

KSE #263 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers”

KSE #252 (poetry chapbook) BILL SHUTE, “Throwaway B-Side”

KSE #261 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DANIEL HIPOLITO & BILL SHUTE, “Meditations on a One-Way Trail”

KSE #256 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Led Along”

KSE #253 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Dream Static”

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other chapbooks available from KSE’s top-shelf stable of contemporary poets, also $6 each postpaid anywhere

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol” (cover art by Wyatt Doyle)

KSE #251 (poetry chapbook) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

KSE #236 (poetry chapbook)  JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)

KSE #244 (poetry chapbook), MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “Unbroadcast Reruns” (original cover art by Carl Smith)

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and we’re down to the last two dozen copies of two special-edition poetry chapbooks by two men who are masters of many disciplines, GRAHAM LAMBKIN and MATT KREFTING…..these are $7 each postpaid in the US, $8 each postpaid anywhere else:

KSE #258, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMERS VERB”

KSE #259, MATT KREFTING, “THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE”

 

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thanks to my friends Brad, Jim, Michael, Chris, Jennifer, and Greg for making the Pittsburgh stay so enjoyable….also thanks to the Motel 6 in Coraopolis and to Jerry’s Records…

October 26, 2013

“Time Mirrors,” the new album from Austin’s SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), KSE #240, available now!

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.SPRILLS   OF   ORE  (Eva Kelly)

“TIME MIRRORS”  (KSE #240)

cdr album, available now ….   $8 US postpaid…..$11 elsewhere postpaid

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please include a note with your order telling us what items you are ordering and also your mailing address…thanks!

SPRILLS OF ORE

We really believe in the work of Austin multi-instrumentalist and composer EVA KELLY here at KSE…I first made her acquaintance a few years ago at a drone festival in Austin when she was playing with Andy Hendrix as UNMOOR. With a combination of live electronics and tapes and traditional instruments played in an unconventional manner, UNMOOR proved themselves to be sound sculptors of the highest order, and that same night I invited them to do an album for KSE, which they did and which you need (see below—you can still get one). I then had the privilege of working with Eva myself alongside her husband Daniel Hipolito (Smokey Emery, Lumens) with a poetry-and-electronic music performance at the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert, and seeing and feeling her imagination and creativity and inventive spirit first-hand, I invited her to do a solo album for KSE in her identity as SPRILLS OF ORE….and TIME MIRRORS is that album.

With so much interchangeable drone/noise/ambient music on the market and on the internet today, TIME MIRRORS stands out and galvanizes the listener: it’s got melting feedback and electronics rooted in submerged song-forms that may echo the Jesus and Mary Chain or the Spacemen 3 at one moment but then it bleeds into cavernous sound-structures that always are full of interesting compositional touches but still leave room to breathe. Each of the 9 tracks has a different atmosphere, and it’s as if you are watching a series of 9 short experimental films on a similar theme by different filmmakers. Ms. Kelly also uses her voice as an instrument in the mix, adding a bit of zest to the mix. If you have enjoyed KSE’s previous albums by Derek Rogers or Parashi or Rambutan, you will LOVE this album…although Eva Kelly is not really like anyone else working today. I hear a tinge of the art-school side of punk (think Wire or Alternative TV) but distilled through 30 years of musical advancement, but it should be emphasized that although Ms. Kelly has an exciting and rich sense of post-song composition, this is an album of sound sculpture, not an album of post-rock or whatever. And it’s one of the best I’ve heard in years…

It is the perfect album to put on at 2 a.m. in darkness and travel with….it’s also a perfect album to wake up to in the morning…it’s got elements of a European sensibility but with both feet in working-class Texas.

It’s an album I always hoped would exist…and SPRILLS OF ORE have brought it to life in full multi-dimensional sound, mastered by Andy Hendrix (Eva’s partner in UNMOOR, whose KSE album you can still get). With this kind of music time becomes irrelevant…Eva Kelly wisely keeps the tracks relatively short, but long enough to extend and flow and rise and build and release tension…with each track, it’s as if you are looking onto miles of huge delta expanse in front of you with the night-sky lit up and an aromatic taste in the air and our feet planted in oozing mentholated silt…it’s the sound of lovemaking and sunsets and feedback and creation and afterglow…it all resolves yet it leaves you wanting more…it’s SPRILLS OF ORE, from Austin’s EVA KELLY.  Limited edition of 123 copies on CDR…get yours now…

also available on KSE from Eva Kelly (only a handful of these left):

UNMOOR (w/ Andy Hendrix), “NIGHT DRIVER”    KSE #228

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DANIEL HIPOLITO / EVA KELLY / BILL SHUTE, ‘FASCINATION’ (KSE #238, poetry and electronic music, recorded live at KSE 6th Anniversary Concert, 4/29/2012)

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NIGHT DRIVER and FASCINATION are available for only an extra $7 each postpaid for the rest of 2013 if ordered with SPRILLS OF ORE at the regular price…

other cdr’s of contemporary experimental music available from KSE (only $8 each postpaid ANYWHERE if included in the same order as SPRILLS OF ORE):

KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)

KSE #255 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE/LISA CAMERON/LEE DOCKERY, “Live At the KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT”

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #239, (CDR) FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

KSE #251, (CDR) FORBES GRAHAM, “Return: The Journey” (stunning new album from the Boston trumpeter-composer)

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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

July 7, 2013

THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION (KSE #265), new art-and-poetry chapbook from BILL SHUTE

BILL  SHUTE,   THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION

KSE #265   poetry and photography chapbook

$6 US postpaid / $7 outside US postpaid

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THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION

Often, upon finishing what I consider a more “important” work,  I will feel as though I need to explore more fully aspects of that piece  and extend those aspects into new areas before I move onto another larger work (some of my friends who are painters and composers tell me they do the same thing). THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION does that on a few levels.

The title phrase is, of course, Picasso’s. After working on my Picasso-inspired chapbook WORRIED MEN AND WOODEN SOLDIERS (which will be released later this summer…I’ll be premiering it at my reading at Amazing Books in Pittsburgh on July 28 and will have some pre-release copies available there…hope to see you!), I wanted get more into some of  the structural aspects of Picasso that I was investigating/playing with in WORRIED MEN. I was also still on a high from doing the art-and-poetry chapbook with Daniel Hipolito (MEDITATIONS ON A ONE-WAY TRAIL, KSE #261, still available for $6/$7, same price as this one), and wanted to continue poetic dialoguing with artworks. I had a suite of photographs I’d taken recently in New Braunfels, Texas; I’d been making some poetic notes recently in New Braunfels, Texas; thus, it seemed a natural to combine the two and produce a new art-and-poetry chapbook, and that’s THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.

The political concerns of WORRIED MEN are continued here, but in a more indirect and reflective manner, with a focus on how politics has “trickled down” to the individuals who, in this piece, wash dishes and wait on tables in New Braunfels, Texas, trying to find or to create small epiphanies in their/our lives. For me (and I never intend to tell anyone else how to write or how to live life, just report on what works for me), poetry loses value when it becomes divorced from life as it is lived—-that does NOT mean that I am producing a flat naturalistic recording of events or a direct transcription of interior monologue. When one uses the things of everyday life as the pieces with which he/she constructs his poetic word-sculpture, those “things” become part of a new “thing,” the poetry construct. That’s why I took the title JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE for one of my spoken word cdr’s.

In a conversation a few days ago with an artist friend with whom I’m working on a project, I described my FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS as “rough-cut energized clusters of phrases, placed on the page as if it’s a canvas (post-Charles Olson “projective verse,” open-field poetry, though Paul Blackburn or Ted Berrigan are much more touchstones for me than Olson’s own poetry),”  and I suppose that is an adequate description of what’s going on here, though with a twist of the casual voice one finds in early Lewis MacAdams (I’ve been reading a lot of his 60’s/70’s works recently…his modern work is superb also, check him out), and of course, let’s not forget that the poems grow out of the artworks.

So come with me to contemporary Texas, to the restaurant/bar workplace, with its chatty customers, fidgety toddlers, a-hole bosses, after-work trysts, unrealized dreams, dust and desserts….waiting for rain, but afraid of rain…

Limited hand-numbered edition of 49 copies…get yours now. Because of the cost of printing, I hardly ever reprint the art-and-poetry chapbooks (I did a number of these in the 2008-2009 period), and also for logistical reasons, it’s unlikely that they will appear in future “selected poems” volumes, since the poems are inseparable from the artwork, and the artwork is too expensive to reproduce…so grab this now or you won’t get one….

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I also want to announce two new and exciting poetry chapbooks that will be out in August…you can order them beginning the first week in August and they’ll be officially released later in that month:

MATT KREFTING, “THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE” (KSE #259)

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and

GRAHAM LAMBKIN, “SLIMMERS VERB” (KSE #258)

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as always, thanks for your support of independent non-aligned DIY arts organizations such as KSE that circumvent the established “underground” hierarchy and connect person-to-person…

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June 26, 2013

Bill Shute, collected FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS coming in Fall 2013 from Word Mechanics

Excited to announce that a book-length collection of my four FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS chapbooks will be issued in Fall 2013 by Word Mechanics of Palm Springs, California, publishers of my previous book-length poetry works TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY (2006) and POINT LOMA PURPLE (2007).

I’m presently re-formatting the four chapbooks—-SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING, MONDO DAYTONA, PEACH COBBLER IN THE POKER ROOM, and JUPITER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR—-and making some minor editorial changes to have the pieces better meet the needs and expectations of the book’s readers, who will be of a somewhat different nature than the readers of the original KSE chapbooks. I’m also changing two of the four epigraphs to better fit the new context of the works.

By the way, if you want the original versions of these four chapbooks, I still have a few dozen of each left (the originals were in handmade, hand-numbered editions running between 60 and 80 copies each, and most are now gone). They are $5 each in the US postpaid, $6 each postpaid outside the US:

KSE #248 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jupiter In The Rearview Mirror: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Four”

KSE #245 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Peach Cobbler In The Poker Room: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Three”

KSE #241, BILL SHUTE, “Mondo Daytona: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Two”

KSE #234 BILL  SHUTE, “Shades of Night Descending: Florida Nocturne  Poems, Book One”

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This will be the final opportunity to get the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS chapbooks in their original context. Act now…

That said, I’m very happy about presenting these pieces in a recontextualized format with a new artwork by MP Landis (not pictured below…he’s still working on it) on the front cover. It’s ironic that a poet so associated with Texas whose works are usually set in Texas is having a quartet of Florida-based pieces issued in book form (as opposed to the steady stream of DIY chapbooks I issue through KSE, which emerge under the radar to regular readers and friends of KSE), but the Florida pieces deserve to be considered as a unit and to get the wider consideration that a perfect-bound book will provide. There is considerable discrimination in the “alternative” marketplace, which gives the lie to it being an “alternative” marketplace in any way, against the homemade DIY chapbook, but as KSE is an outsider arts organization, we’re used to dealing with that…mostly by circumventing the restrictions and ignoring them.

I hope you will take a chance on this volume when it’s out. If you have thought about getting some KSE chapbooks but did not know which among the many would interest you most…or if you have enjoyed my spoken-word poetry CDR’s…or the poetry-and-music CDR’s I have done (SUBTRACTION with Anthony Guerra; ONLY THE IMPRINT OF AN ECHO REMAINS with Marcus Rubio; FASCINATION with Eva Kelly and Daniel Hipolito; and FOUR TEXAS STREAMS with Derek Rogers), then you should try the perfect-bound paperback edition of THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, coming out from Word Mechanics this fall.

Each of the four stand-alone multi-section poems is an assemblage (a “junk sculpture from the new gilded age,” to steal the title of one of my spoken-word cdr’s) created from shards of Florida experience with the taste and texture of Florida life. Each piece features a different viewpoint character/narrative persona/controlling intelligence, as you’ll discover upon reading, though I do feel that they also hang together (as most of my dozens of various poetry chapbooks do) as a “serial poem” in the Jack Spicer sense, which is one reason why they are being published together here. The hand of the maker is evident in all four. Whatever their value as contemporary poetry,  THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS capture where this country’s head and heart are at circa 2012 (when the pieces were composed), and although it’s not a pretty picture, the beauty of individuals struggling and achieving and finding joy amid the scorched-earth policies of late-period capitalism and the barrage of corporate culture and the intrusive and abrasive screech of reactionary fundamentalism is always worth championing and documenting. “They endured.”

Also, as an “open field ” poet, I use the page as my canvas, my field of construction, and as the 6×9 page I’m working with in the paperback book format is different from the usual KSE format, I have had to re-harmonize each piece, re-cast each piece in poetic space, so the form on the page has been altered somewhat, the way musicians might alter the nature of a piece to accommodate the room or the audience.

As I have been fine-tuning my aesthetic and working method over the years/decades, the spirits of Paul Blackburn, Ted Berrigan, Larry Eigner, Frank Samperi, Gertrude Stein, and Herman Melville (not to mention Steve Lacy, Jandek, Cy Twombly, Andy Milligan, Paul Bley, Alfred 23 Harth, and countless others) have always been walking alongside of me…I have tried to take the baton they have given me and to run with it through the present and into tomorrow, taking core samples along the way, and creating my poetic junk sculptures…

Grab your copies of the original Florida chapbooks while you can…and then be sure to get the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS paperback this fall from Word Mechanics. We’ll be selling them right here at the KSE blog, so stay tuned…and thank you for your support and encouragement over the years.

Oh, I’ll be filming a video of one of the Florida chapbooks while in Pittsburgh this summer, and that should be available online before the publication of the Word Mechanics book.

AND, finally, if you are within driving distance of Pittsburgh, please stop by my reading with Jim D. Deuchars at Amazing Books, 929 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh, at 2 pm, on Sunday 28 July 2013—-it will be my only reading/performance East of the Mississippi in 2013 (although I hope to get back East again in 2014…we’ll see…)

BILL SHUTE, THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS…coming in Fall 2013 from Word Mechanics, Palm Springs, California (publishers of  POINT LOMA PURPLE)

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PEACH COBBLER cover

FLORIDA FOUR, jupiter

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POINT LOMA PURPLE, cover

December 27, 2012

“Unbroadcast Reruns” (KSE #243), new poetry chapbook from Michael Layne Heath

MICHAEL   LAYNE    HEATH

“Unbroadcast Reruns”

poetry chapbook, issued 2 January 2013

$5 postpaid anywhere, payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

limited hand-numbered, hand-cut, hand-assembled edition of 89 copies

UNBROADCAST RERUNS

KSE is proud to announce the publication of the seventh poetry chapbook (his fifth for KSE) by San Francisco’s MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH“UNBROADCAST RERUNS” (KSE #243). Mr. Heath was one of the founding-fathers of punk-rock writing with his seminal VINTAGE VIOLENCE ‘zine, covering the under-rated Washington DC area scene in the late 70′s, and then moving into the early 80′s he was a fixture at other ‘zines of the day such as CAPITOL CRISIS and TRULY NEEDY. He’s been one of my favorite writers for 30+ years, and he was one of the first authors I approached to join the KSE family.

Michael moved to San Francisco in 1992 and began taking his work to new levels as he moved into poetry, a perfect fit as his writing always had the specificity and detail and metaphor needed for verse. With the  musicality one would expect, a timelessly hip voice, a mastery of reference and allusion, and a gritty streetwise presence—along with a cynical wit and a unique ability to capture the delicious pain of longing and physical desire in a way that is neither cloying nor cliche-ridden—Michael’s poetry is a breath of fresh air in today’s phony poetry world of post-Bukowski losers and posers and pretentious academic pasticheurs.

In UNBROADCAST RERUNS, Michael’s expertly-crafted and musical post-Beat lines capture the joys and despairs of everyday San Francisco life, and by extension life anywhere, such is the depth of his deep yet everyday imagery. Michael has long been one of my favorite writers dealing with desire and sexuality—-he captures in language that is both rich and real that hunger and the excitement and the melancholy and the loneliness that we all feel as sexualized beings, whatever our orientation. And being a respected music writer and a musician himself, Michael always has a verse that is innately musical, with a syntax full of fascinating textures and shadings. I can always HEAR his voice on the page. Also, Mike and I being around the same age (he recently crossed the 50-yard line, we might say), his writing about facing middle-age is poignant and deeply felt. There’s no whining, of course (KSE is a no-whining zone), but there is a coming to terms with aging and wonderful appreciation of how the balance of knowledge and physical ability gradually tilts more to one side with each passing year. KSE is proud to support the work of Michael Layne Heath. If you like ANY of the product we issue, music or writing, trust me…you need to read MLH’s poetry.

Like Corso or Patti Smith, Heath often writes from a poet-finding-his/her-way-in-a-barren-world persona, on the hungry streets and in the seedy transient hotels of San Francisco, seeking transcendence through a cheap thrill, looking to score, looking to connect with a fellow member of the diaspora, his head full of ornate Nino Rota film soundtracks and trippy Jamaican dub, his stomach empty, his heart overflowing, paying for drinks with pocket change, selling his Kerouac books and Prince Far I albums to pay the overdue rent, wondering if that lanky, ponytailed, sandy-haired, jean-jacketed guy from the midwest at the other end of the bar notices him, and wondering how he can get busfare home…if indeed he goes home tonight.

Michael Layne Heath creates/evokes a rich sensory world in his poetry, and we readers share in the poet’s insights, fears, and small pleasures. He’s intimate without being confessional, and he always leaves a lot unsaid, so his work cries out for multiple readings and also begs to be read aloud and savored. UNBROADCAST RERUNS may be only a 10-page chapbook, but it’s got far more content and far more depth than most 300-page books. Mr. Heath is, to me, one of the ten most essential poets writing in America today…no surprise that one of his earlier KSE chapbooks was listed as one of the ten best reads of the year (2007) in Arthur Magazine. This is a hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 89 copies, available for $5 postpaid ANYWHERE.

Also, the cover features an original artwork commissioned especially for this chapbook from Austin painter-musician Carl Smith—-I have one of Carl’s paintings propped up against the CDR duplicator that I use for the creation of our KSE music releases, so in a way, Carl’s work is inspiring everything we do here at Kendra Steiner Editions. I’m excited to feature one of his works on Michael’s chapbook…if you live within driving distance of Austin, try to check out Carl’s work in person. It’s richly textured and three-dimensional action painting that really must be seen in-person. In any event, it totally captures the raw life-filled poetic “action painting” brushstrokes of MLH’s poetry. UNBROADCAST RERUNS by Michael Layne Heath…

Get yours now.

also available from KSE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #236, JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)

KSE # 216, JOHN SWEET, “Brave Retreat” 

KSE #248  BILL SHUTE, “Jupiter In The Rearview Mirror: Florida Nocturne Poems, Book Four”

and coming in a few weeks…

KSE #250, DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol”

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and CDR’s of experimental music ($8 each, ppd…$2 extra for postage outside US if ordering only one CDR):

KSE #235 (CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Chimaera”

KSE #228 (CDR), UNMOOR, “Night Driver”

KSE # 210 (CDR), HEATHER LEIGH, “Empire”

KSE #226 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “Born Into Systems”

KSE #237 (CDR),  MICHAEL BARRETT & MIKE GRIFFIN, “Birtual Seme-Alabak” (the long awaited PARASHI/BELLTONESUICIDE duo album!)

KSE #247 (CDR), MARCUS RUBIO & BILL SHUTE, “Only The Imprint Of An Echo Remains” (poetry and electronic music album, recorded in San Antonio, TX)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio “

KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo, “ cover art by MP Landis.

KSE #220 (CDR),  MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline”

KSE #223 (CDR), ALISTAIR CROSBIE, “A Campfire In The Snow”

KSE #214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL,”Bottlecaps” 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF KSE SINCE 2006…soon entering our SEVENTH year of operation, with some 250 releases in that time! Support independent, non-aligned artists who do not operate through established channels or the lame “alternative” scene…meet the new boss, same as the old boss

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earlier poetry works from MLH (now out of print, alas), published by Kendra Steiner Editions:

KSE #78, Michael Layne Heath, “Sacred Grounds.”  2008

KSE #126, Michael Layne Heath, “Grey Rage (Dyed)” early 2009

KSE #150,  Michael Layne Heath, “Loons of a Dogman.” Sound Library Series, Volume 48   late 2009

KSE #184, Michael Layne Heath, ”Jazzbo Wind”  2011

December 9, 2012

Marcus Rubio / Bill Shute poetry-and-electronic composition album praised at Volcanic Tongue

Our recent poetry and electronic composition album ‘Only The Imprint of an Echo Remains‘ gets a rave review from Scotland’s legendary Volcanic Tongue! We’ve written about the album elsewhere on the blog (just scroll down or click this: https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/marcus-rubio-bill-shute-only-the-imprint-of-an-echo-remains-kse-247-electronic-music-and-poetry-album-now-available/  ), but as usual, David Keenan shows a great insight into the work–many thanks! Also, speaking for myself (the poetry half of this duo), I’m honored to have Jess Franco’s name dropped in a review of mine. Marcus and I may be doing a joint performance of material rooted in this album sometime in the next month or so in San Antonio. Check the blog for details. If it doesn’t happen now, we’ll try for some other time…Summer 2013 perhaps. Until then, grab a copy of ONLY THE IMPRINT OF AN ECHO REMAINS and experience the possibilities when poetry and contemporary electronic composition get together.

MARCUS RUBIO / BILL SHUTE

“Only The Imprint of An Echo Remains” (KSE #247, cdr album)

$8 ppd. in the US/$10 ppd. elsewhere

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Marcus Rubio & Bill Shute 
Only The Imprint Of An Echo Remains 
Kendra Steiner Editions KSE-247 
CD-R 
£7.99

Inspired collaboration between American soundist Marcus Rubio and poet/writer/curator Bill Shute: Only The Imprint… alternates between recordings of Shute reading his poetry – “Oneness And The Sun”, “Objectless” and “The Twenty Fifth Life Of Alcyone” – with radical treatments of sections/snippets/echoes from the reading by Rubio, using techniques like granular synthesis and spectral reduction. The results are startling. Shute has a great, resonant, expressive, reading voice and Rubio inverts this with his treatments, generating cold zones of austere Euro electronics and almost NWW-esque shots of dead air. Indeed, some of the pieces remind me of Nate Young’s Regression experiments, with Shute’s voice variously disembowelled, smeared and otherwise dissembled, to the point that it becomes another texture or rhythm in the piece. Rubio would seem to have much in common with John Oswald’s various time-stretching plunderphonic strategies, and the music has that feeling of entire worlds squeezed into seconds, unfolding in rippling rhythms and generating eerie moments of sing-song beauty that feel closer to actual song constructs than ‘mere’ sonic manipulation, with a grandeur and ambition that goes way beyond what you might think the remit entails. And when it switches to Bill’s reading the effect is startling, like a sudden zoom, a crude Jess Franco close-up that feels like a complete inversion of what went before. A great side, highly recommended!

Posted at Volcanic Tongue (written by David Keenan), 2 December 2012

July 19, 2010

new CDR’s from Sir Plastic Crimewave, Ophibre, Derek Rogers

Kendra Steiner Editions is proud to announce its first three music CDR’s from three internationally acclaimed musician-composers, hailing respectively from Chicago, Boston, and Austin.

KSE #172 (full-length, professionally duplicated CDR album)

SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE, “string/soul/eye”

brand-new studio album of long, deep, Indian-flavored solo pieces (with  two Krautrock-flavored interludes to vary the texture) from Chicago’s legendary psychedelic shaman. truly, a higherkey experience. hand-numbered edition of 75 copies

$7 ppd. anywhere

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KSE #176 (3″ mini-cd, approx. 19 minutes)

OPHIBRE, “st. asphalt (patron saint of army ants)”

blistering new electronic composition from Boston-based Ophibre (aka Benjamin Rossignol), who has recorded for Ruralfaune, Tape Drift, SRA, and many other cutting-edge labels—-Ophibre is also a builder of instruments, a technician, an aesthetician of the drone—-think scalding-hot asphalt and swarms of army ants alchemically transformed into evolving and revolving sheets of sound…hand-numbered edition of 75 copies

$5 ppd. anywhere

ps, don’t miss Ophibre’s other new release, the exciting PHASE PLANE CAKE DECORATOR, available from Intransitive Recordings’  “Songs From Under The Floorboards” series at http://www.intransitiverecordings.com/?p=723

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KSE #170 (3-inch mini-cdr, approx. 19 minutes)

DEREK ROGERS, “circum_navigate”

Austin-based musician-composer Derek Rogers recently premiered this haunting electronic composition at the NMASS Festival in June 2010, and the week after that he went into the studio and recorded this 19-minute version for KSE… feel the sting of the contact mic, bathe in the drone, climb the fuzzed-out steps to speaker-shredding bliss…Derek will be playing the Neon Marshmallow Festival in Chicago in August, and will be selling this cdr, but why wait? edition of 75 hand-numbered copies.

$5 ppd. anywhere

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another round of new 3″ releases in a month or two, including RAMBUTAN and ANDREAS BRANDAL…and later in the fall, a brand-new, full-length solo-saxophone & electronics album from legendary German freejazz master ALFRED 23 HARTH !!!

and don’t forget, we still publish and sell independent poetry chapbooks, having issued 160+  in just under five years…check out the presently available items from John Sweet, Bill Shute, A. J. Kaufmann, Jono Tosch, Zachary C. Bush, and many others…

November 22, 2009

Kaufmann & Shute, “Twombly’s Siracusa” (KSE #151)

A.J. KAUFMANN   &   BILL SHUTE

“TWOMBLY’S  SIRACUSA”   (KSE #151)

The third Kaufmann-Shute collaboration, Twombly’s Siracusa is our attempt to capture in verse the essence of the work of the visionary, revolutionary American painter Cy Twombly. Twombly is someone who simultaneously brought painting back to its origins on cave walls and on animal hides while extending painting beyond the action painters and abstract expressionists into an artistic world like no one else’s. He is truly a genre unto himself, as might also be said about Tapies, O’Keeffe, or Warhol. There is also a classical base to much of Twombly’s work, a core—-often submerged, and often halfway erased visibly on the canvas—-rooted in Roman history-mythology or classical literature. And often Twombly’s work integrates the process of creation INTO the work itself. There’s no one remotely like him, and his work is endlessly fascinating and inspirational.

A.J. and I, being both fascinated and inspired by his work, decided to take on this ambitious project in the Spring of 2009, and we spent six months coming up with the concept, structure, stanza form, pattern of images, historical base, etc. and then doing the actual composing of the stanzas, with countless e-mails and attachments and Instant Messaging between Poznan, Poland, and San Antonio, Texas. Our classical base for this piece is the Siege of Syracuse from 214-212 BC, where the Sicilian city of Siracusa was overrun and conquered by the Romans, and the Sicilians used in the defense of the city a number of odd armaments created by the great inventor-scientist-mathematician Archimedes, who is a strong presence in our piece. But Twombly’s Siracusa also resonates beyond that period in Sicily, all the way up through the present, and as in Twombly’s work, the creation of this piece is integrated into the piece itself.

Twombly’s Siracusa is our most ambitious collaboration so far (and it’s not without humor—-after all, who can use the phrase “cunning stunts” with a straight face!), and it is constructed with as much mirroring and symmetry and balance as a Persian carpet.  After all, as Hart Crane once wrote, “Poetry is an architectural art.” We feel that it will reward multiple readings and that it will remain fresh whenever one turns to it. Try it for yourself and see!

And when visiting Houston, Texas, please stop by the Twombly Gallery at 1501 Branard, near the Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel. I visit it two or three times a year when travelling through Houston, and it was a visit in early May 2009 that convinced me that A.J. and I just had to do this project now.  And we did!

A.J. and I are presently developing a fourth collaborative chapbook, although that one will be more of a “joint exhibition” than a true collab as the first three were. More on that in early 2010.

TWOMBLY’S SIRACUSA (KSE #151) is now available. 

In the US, books are $4 each postpaid, or you can get any three KSE chaps for $10 postpaid.  Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247.  Outside the US, you can get any book for $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Just write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice. For your 3-for-$10 deal, along with TWOMBLY’S SIRACUSA, you can choose from any of these other in-print chapbooks:

#150, MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “Loons of a Dogman” (sound library series, volume 48) ;

#149, A. J. KAUFMANN, “via alighieri” (cinema poetry series, volume 3) ;

#148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “vegas the hard way” ;

#147, BILL SHUTE, “nobody knows, nobody sees” (cinema poetry series, volume 2) ;

#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;

#145, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “blues for duffy power” ;

#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;

#143, A. J. KAUFMANN, “symbolisme psychédélique” (sound library series, volume 47). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #142 ;

#142, BILL SHUTE, “plink, plonk & scratch” (sound library series, volume 46). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #143.

#141, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL & CYNTHIA ETHERIDGE, overcome ;

#140, BILL SHUTE, subtraction ;

#139, A. J. KAUFMANN, antiquewhite rain (sound library series, volume 45) ;

#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;

#134, RONALD BAATZ, headlights from the otherside of the world ;

#132,  DOUG DRAIME, knox county (photographs by Lena Ozuna) ;

#130,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years .

 

August 6, 2009

August 2009 reflections

 

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Gustave Dore, “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”

Back now from my third and final trip of the last 4 months, this time to Denton and Galveston to help my son Eric move. I picked up some kind of bug at the tail end of the trip (perhaps from the polluted brown Gulf of Mexico water I swam in?), and after returning to San Antonio on Monday to a tedious eleven-hour day of jury duty, I’m now resting at home and nursing this cough/cold, which is giving me a much-needed break from my job, my writing and KSE editing/publishing, etc.

Just yesterday Zachary C. Bush sent me the final edit of his new SPIN chapbook, which is actually part one of a two-book sequence. ZCB read me these poems aloud when I visited him and Krista in Jersey City in May, and I was blown away by them. I don’t feel that articulate today, so I won’t attempt to describe them…wait for the blurb when the book is released in a week or two. All I can say is that these poems represent a new level in Zachary’s writing which is, paradoxically, both more complex and more accessible than some of his earlier work. It’s deeply rooted in his Southern background, which he seems to have adequate distance from (now that he’s in NY/NJ) to write about in a detached yet rich manner. I love these poems, and I will be proud to share them—-and the second volume, which will follow in a few months—-with the KSE readers.

Working with A. J. Kaufmann is always a joy, and I have three things to discuss about that. First, A. J. and I have just issued our two chapbooks dedicated to the late Sky Sunlight Saxon: A. J.’s SYMBOLISME PSYCHEDELIQUE (KSE #143), and my own PLINK, PLONK & SCRATCH (KSE #142). I’ll have a post about each one soon. Here they are:

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Second, I’m in the middle of our collaboration BLUES FOR DUFFY POWER, which you can expect in September, I hope.

blues for duffy power

One of the images I’m using throughout is that of bluesman as prophet, as the shaman-Jeremiah in the wilderness truth-telling to a people who aren’t listening. With that in mind, I’ve been re-visiting a number of Old Testament prophets, starting with the 12 “minor” prophets (I got an excellent book on that subject while in Ruidoso, NM), and also Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel, which I’ve been working my way through recently (thus the Dore artwork above). Page five of DUFFY POWER, the mid-point or “pivot” in the piece,  will echo the dreams/visions found in Daniel. Like yours truly, A. J. Kaufmann is interested in the formalistic aspects of poetry, and I must say we have devised a unique structure for this chapbook, which will probably be a nine-page work. I won’t give the structure away at this point.

Thirdly, A. J. and I have another long-term collaborative project that we’ve begun work on, a chapbook inspired by the painting of CY TWOMBLY, and which attempts to mirror in poetic form the structural and thematic aspects of Twombly’s artwork. When I visited the Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston earlier this year, I just knew I had to attempt something like this, as Twombly’s work—-collected in a beautiful museum devoted ENTIRELY to this one artist and organized into thematic rooms each of which presents multiple related artworks—-took my breath away. A. J. was familiar with CT’s work and was excited to join me on this project. This is a long-term project and I doubt you’ll be seeing it until late 2009 or early 2010, but projects of this type require a lot of preparation and background study. I hope the end result will be worth it.

In other KSE news, I have the completed manuscript now for MK Chavez and Mira Horvich’s PINNACLE chap

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which will be out in September, and also Misti Rainwater-Lites’ new VEGAS THE HARD WAY chap that will be out in October. Both of these are newly written multi-poem suites, composed especially for the KSE format. They are important new works from two of the nation’s finest working poets. And only $4 each in the US ($5 elsewhere). How can you go wrong with that?

Well, in honor of the late, great, one-time El Paso resident Raymond Carver (who was a friend of my first wife Kathleen when he lived in EP…read her excellent article about him in an old issue of the Hollins Critic), I think I’ll take a swig of Ny-Quil, and then get back to Daniel, who just survived that night in the lion’s den and is back having dreams and visions again. Maybe if I take a second swig of the Ny-Quil I’ll have some of my own…

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ps, there’s a new review of my FACE TO FACE (KSE #101) chapbook over at Michael Aaron Casares’  “Over Your Radar”  blog. You can read it here: http://overyourradar.blogspot.com/2009/08/bill-shute-face-to-face.html

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