Sunday, October 30, 2016

ASK YOURSELF, A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology





Ask Yourself

A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology
to Close-Out 2016



The Poets of Ask Yourself:


Jeffrey C. Alfier


J.V. Brummels



John Dofflemyer



Twyla Hansen



Adrian C. Louis



Kirk Robertson



Red Shuttleworth



Larry D. Thomas



Ask Yourself is published in a small (62 copies) edition by Bunchgrass Press.  Copies are only available from participating poets.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook # 17



Gold Rock Notebook #17

Still In-Progress

Autumn grumbling... Barbie House acreage horses at electric fences, tinsel stars on moonless nights, magpies reckoning there is no such thing as sweet, tender, road kill skunk.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook #16



Gold Rock Notebook #16

Middle-East human body headlines, forgotten passwords, the way an aged dog sprawls on a bearskin rug in front of your mother's tossed-off 1987 blue leather-bound Hotel Ritz Diary.... The avant-garde left you behind to mop out sunrise bars.  Raspy magpies, highway skunk-scream, the moon saying, I'm only a little bit afraid. You shuffle old issues of True West magazine, pause at back page ads for custom made bogus Doc Holliday hats for those who like to play dress-up.  When they shot a film in the old days, Frankie Laine or Tex Ritter sang the theme song.  So it is that moonlight justifies itself on pools of blood.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook #11



Gold Rock Notebook #11

How many jobs were you asked to resign from as you stalled-out, drank from paper-bagged cheap bourbon pints, as you daydreamed nineteenth century cattle drives, saloons, robbing trains with Frank 'n Jesse James? Then, in an effort to correct and sophisticate yourself, you were reading Auden at work, some poem about a cat and paint-peeling row house doors. The women at that place spoke of outlook, complexity-of-feeling, and they traded stories about crash pads and cigarette-stench weekly rates motels.  The one called K.H., peasant blouse and long thin-fabric skirt, took you to lunch afterward, said she was trying a progression-based life. Though you had no potential for comprehension, you nodded, desperado-grinned, said, Yep, in a Gabby Hayes voice. She asked if you received any benefit from being sort of dumb.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook #7



Gold Rock Notebook #7

Gravel Pit Autumn

Pig-snout gravel baron ghosts on huge yellow machines....

                          * * *

Dennis Hopper, time-warp gunslinger, wanders bewildered through tall dry grass, tumbleweeds, stumble-drunk, or stoned, kicks through row upon row of broken, tilted gravestones.

                          * * *

The ground, scraped to hell, turns the last weeks of October barren-burgundy, graphite-gray, a soiled maple peg white.... Outrider, with gentle rolling hills all around the pit, you pause as if qualified to adjudicate and restore.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook #6



Gold Rock Notebook #6

Baked Mojave dust, 1975... the morning road from Vegas after the Ali-Lyle fight.  Driving with the rising sun behind you... and seeing that desert and hungover-thinking, How it shimmers. Listening to Bakersfield radio, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. You have AAA road maps all the way to a grizzly-clawed trailer southwest of MacKenzie, B.C., but everything ahead is uncharted.

                          * * *

Yellow Great Basin 2001 sky... you pull over. North of Gerlach? The other side of Jackpot? Bullet holes through the walls of an abandoned northern Nevada motel.

                         * * *

Black linen.  Moon and your shadow.  Nights of no moon.  Kansas: Squirrel Tooth Alice, Ned Buntline, Mysterious Dave Mather.  An earlier century... carried off... by October moths.

                         * * *

Your son's grown, moved-on.  Some ghost says, Get a rawhide grip. In the back of his dusty spider web closet, a 3rd or 4th hand 1980's bareback riggin'.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Gold Rock Notebook #3



Gold Rock Notebook #3

Muddy-Brown Toy Camera Landscape Photograph

In the back of your skull, a magpie pecks... eats a tick from the neck of a doe.

Gold Rock Notebook #1



Gold Rock Notebook #1

Marina Abramovic... Homage

Silence comes boxed,
crimson gift-wrapped:
forgotten forest trophy.

Marina is public-somewhere.
Hawk-perch... cool
aluminum arm of a street light.

This is black tea, this sugar,
this deadpan-naked as foreground...
without foreplay... so curvilinear.



Friday, October 14, 2016

TONOPAH, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Tonopah

Two Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited (44 copies) edition, Red Shuttleworth's Tonopah presents two poems (the title poem and Miles From) scraped, salvaged from a decades-old failed, unproduced, shredded one-act free verse play, Tom Mix Reconsidered.

Marginal to the play, Old West lawmanWyatt Earp is prominent in Tonopah.  After leaving Tombstone, Earp and his wife, Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, went to Alaska, then wheeled south into Nevada... to Tonopah in 1902... where Earp opened a saloon, The Northern.  The Northern failed and Earp turned to gold and copper mining in the Mojave Desert... near Vidal, California. Earp liked Tonopah, the gambling scene, and returned from time to time, lodging from 1910-onward at the new Mizpah Hotel.


Wyatt Earp's "The Northern" in Tonopah, 1902-1903.


Wyatt Earp with "Earpie," Vidal, California, about 1910-1920.


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

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."




Red Shuttleworth



Friday, October 7, 2016

BLACK MOON INWARD, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Black Moon Inward

poems

Red Shuttleworth



Published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited (61 copies) edition, Red Shuttleworth's Black Moon Inward presents four poems from the in-progress Hawk Season Notebook: Poems and Tidings:

Pulling Inward

Turning Inward

Black Moon: Inward

and

Six Windows Inward



Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  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."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hawk Season Notebook #365



Hawk Season Notebook #365

Six Windows Inward

A dancing, juggling bear....
Religious candles and other confiscations at borders....

The near-abroad would be....
By contrast: floral dreams.
And non-objective poetry would be....

No one ever invited you home to praise a collection of Elvis commemorative booze bottles.

Evocation of the past... someone singing Moon River.
That kind of romantic inquiry.
And the now-pretentious,
hollow sound of Richard Burton... Camelot.

A line of dusty moonglow junipers...
most of the branches dead.
Your mother's father, The Tatar,
broke other men's ribs and vertebrae,
cut off fingers for keepsakes,
I don't wear machine-made shirts.
Today, on weedy ground near the front of the house...
pale yellow-red, early October cherry tomatoes.

Night wind... you hear a voice,
But I ain't done nothin'.
A roadkill porcupine... sent knocking on doors.






Saturday, October 1, 2016

AS EACH DAY, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





As Each Day

Three Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Published in a limited, numbered edition of 29 (with 2 artist proof copies), with three different covers (parchment, orange, and brown), Red Shuttleworth's As Each Day presents three poems... one from October of 2011 and two from the in-progress Hawk Season Notebook: Poems and Tidings:

Some Nature of Unspoken

Hawk Season Notebook #147

and

Hawk Season Notebook #348






Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  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."


Red Shuttleworth