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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”

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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!

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

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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

payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

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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”

 

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

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

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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…

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