Monday, December 5, 2016

Moses Lake, WA Post Office: Malfunctioning Mess



The Moses Lake Post Office

is a Malfunctioning Mess


A gross amount of mail, Priority Mail, that originates in Moses Lake, is lost "In Transit," and no postal worker at the Moses Lake is of any use in locating where a piece of mail might be stalled... even when presented with a tracking number.

The postmaster in Moses Lake is despised by his front clerks, because he offers no help, no guidance, no leadership, not even words of kindness.

The postmaster in Moses Lake, Washington, a brusque, incompetent, rude-to-customers, unpleasant man, is the subject of laughter from Moses Lake postal clerks if a customer remarks that the postmaster has soiled, soiled like a rockchuck defecating in a stack of hay bales, has SOILED every place he was  busied himself.

More to the present point: I mailed a Priority Mail envelope (with a book proof and a 40-year-old valuable poetry chapbook) on November 29, 2016, mailed it to my publisher in Redondo Beach, California.  Although Priority Mail is touted by USPS as "Three Day" mail, my postal receipt predicted delivery in four days...
... but six days have passed without delivery.

As for tracking, it relies with the ambiguous phrase: In Transit.


The United States Postal Service is a malfunctioning mess... and among the worst Post Offices in the nation is the Moses Lake Post Office, administered by an incompetent, a boor, a lazy-brained goofball who should be incarcerated in a federal home for the imbecilic.

If your local Post Office is problematic, phone your Congressman or United States Senators.

Friday, November 25, 2016

TO BEGIN WITH, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





To Begin With

Five Poems

Red Shuttleworth


To Begin With, a Red Shuttleworth chapbook published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, contains five poems:

Ribbed Gray Clouds

To Begin With

Strange Smile

Ragged in Belleville, Kansas

High Plains... Dry Wells... Pressed Red Leaf


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.


Red Shuttleworth and Rusty Richards,
legendary singer with Sons of the Pioneers
(Wrangler Awards, National Cowboy
& Western Heritage Museum,
Oklahoma City, April 16, 2016)


Red Shuttleworth's next full book of poetry, Straight Ahead, will be published in January 2017 by Blue Horse Press.


Red Shuttleworth


Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the (Western Writers of America) Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."


Friday, November 18, 2016

CROW CHASING MAGPIE, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Crow Chasing Magpie

Three Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Crow Chasing Magpie, a three-poem Red Shuttleworth limited (23 copies) edition from Bunchgrass Press, presents:

"What Can I Do with This Stuff?"
He Meant His Life

Crow Chasing Magpie

Stratford Road


Red Shuttleworth

Monday, November 14, 2016

FENCE TO CHECK, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Fence to Check

four poems

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Fence to Check, a chapbook with four poems, is published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press.  

Uncollected prior to this chapbook, the poems presented are from 2011:

To Find a Way

Tell us Then

That Place Where

On Cognition


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.


Don Edwards, Luke Shuttleworth, Red Shuttleworth,
and Waddie Mitchell (Wrangler Awards,
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,
Oklahoma City, April 16, 2016)


Red Shuttleworth's next full book of poetry, Straight Ahead, will be published in January 2017 by Blue Horse Press.


Red Shuttleworth


Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the (Western Writers of America) Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

FRAGMENTS FROM THEY DREAM GHOST RIDERS, A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook





Fragments
From

They Dream Ghost Riders

A Free Verse Play


Red Shuttleworth



They Dream Ghost Riders, a free verse play by Red Shuttleworth, was first produced at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on March 31, 1989.  It was directed by Cathy Hurst.  The assistant director was Toni Loppnow.  The dramaturg was Jerry L. Crawford.  It had the following cast:

Caroline...................................Lara Resnick
Archer......................................Jack Capece
Reata........................................Rosie Martinez
Hale..........................................Joel Bigger
Buffy.........................................Amy Shoopman
Koop.........................................Scott Loomis
Gwen.........................................Denise Truscello
Owen.........................................David Junius

Red Shuttleworth's Fragments From They Dream Ghost Riders is published as a limited (60-copies) edition chapbook by Bunchgrass Press.  For a limited time, copies may be requested by corresponding with the author.



Joel Bigger (as Hale) and Jack Capece (as Archer)
in Red Shuttleworth's They Dream Ghost Riders
(University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 31, 1989)



Co-produced by UNLV and the Churchill Arts Council, Shuttleworth's They Dream Ghost Riders, with grants from the Nevada State Council on the Arts and the Sierra Arts Foundation, was presented in Fallon, Nevada, on September 19, 1992.  The Fallon production was directed by Michael Lugering, with the following cast: Helene Elin Pobst, Charlie Paddock, Nicole Sottile, Josh Musselman, Toni Loppnow, Larry Narlock, Melissa Gilbert, and Scott Twilligear.



Denise Truscello (as Gwen) and David Junius (as Owen)
in They Dream Ghost Riders by Red Shuttleworth
(University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 31, 1989)




Red Shuttleworth's plays have been presented at State University of New York at Fredonia, Sundance Playwrights Lab, The Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and  the (Tony Award-winning) Utah Shakespearean Festival.  In March of 2017, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo will present a staged reading of Shuttleworth's new play, a contemporary Western, Tumbledown.  Later in 2017, Humanitas Media Publishing will bring out Rumors and Borders,  a collection of eight Shuttleworth plays set in the American West.


Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's poetry has received three (Western Writers of America) Spur Awards, the 2016 Western Heritage "Wrangler" Award, and True West magazine named him "Best Living Western Poet" in 2007.  In early 2017, Blue Horse Press will publish Shuttleworth's next poetry book, Straight Ahead.



Sunday, November 6, 2016

ON A SUNDAY NIGHT BEFORE AN ELECTION, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook




On a Sunday Night
Before an Election

a one-poem chapbook by

Red Shuttleworth



On a Sunday Night Before an Election is a Red Shuttleworth one-poem chapbook presented by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition of 32 copies.  The poem is from Red Shuttleworth's in-progress, late-year project, Gold Rock Notebook.

This chapbook poem gives attention to Red Shuttleworth's maternal grandfather, Serge Moiseevich Odnovalenko (1901-1992). 

Odnovalenko (or Valenko as he named himself in America) was predisposed to abrupt violence.  Other Russian immigrants in San Francisco (1923-1975) feared him, gave him a wide berth.  His first wife called him, without affection, "Tatar," "Cossack," and "Mongol."  He ate salted steak and eggs for breakfast every morning, drank a bottle of booze daily, and lived to be at least ninety-one.

   Serge Odnovalenko, 1930's

Thursday, November 3, 2016

EARLY NOVEMBER GHAZAL, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Early November Ghazal

a one-poem chapbook by

Red Shuttleworth



Published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited (42-copies) edition, Red Shuttleworth's Early November Ghazal is a one-poem chapbook. The poem is from Shuttleworth's in-progress late-year project, the Gold Rock Notebook.


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.


Red Shuttleworth



Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the (Western Writers of America) Spur Award for Poetry. In 2007, True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."