Saturday, November 29, 2014

MOJAVE RAMBLE-STUMBLE: A Red Shuttleworth One-Poem Chapbook

Mojave Ramble-Stumble

a poem from a decades-old notebook

Red Shuttleworth

Decades ago, back in the 1970's, when Blythe, California, had a third of its present population, back when you could drive into towns like Parker, Arizona, and get asked if you'd like to be a local librarian (without any librarian-school to your credit), I drove the Mojave, stopped at a few motels, drank in a few saloons, filled notebook pages with poems.  In 2011, after fussing and fiddling with an almost-ready-to-be-burned ancient notebook, I posted a version of Mojave Ramble-Stumble on this blog.  The places, people, and times I wrote about so long ago... they no longer exist... not really.

                                              --Red Shuttleworth 

Mojave Preserve... Soda Dry Lake
(Wikipedia Photograph)

Mojave Ramble-Stumble, by Red Shuttleworth, in its final form, is presented as a limited edition Bunchgrass Press chapbook.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ominous Warmth... Colder Days Ahead

Ominous Warmth... Colder Days Ahead

Fewer switchbacks as you pass seventy...
and you stare at a hyper-real desert sky:
near-visible grey horses, darker clouds.
Fly-over jetliners.  All this perceivedness
dwindling just as you wish it to blossom.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SANDSTONE FOR POTEMKIN: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Sandstone for Potemkin

four poems

Red Shuttleworth

Sandstone for Potemkin, four poems by Red Shuttleworth, is a limited edition Bunchgrass Press chapbook.

Included in the chapbook are:
Siberia in Collective Memory
Odessa, Ukraine, in Collective Memory
The Movie Theater was Sold Out
January Tracks

Siberia... a Family... 1913-1915

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ARRANMORE: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook


four poems by

Red Shuttleworth

Arranmore, a four-poem Red Shuttleworth limited edition chapbook from Bunchgrass Press, includes:

Arranmore Island

Arranmore Island, 1969
(photo by Red Shuttleworth)

Belfast 1969
(A Ciara Shuttleworth painting,
oil on canvas, 24" by 16", 2005)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chrysanthemum Dance Tea

Chrysanthemum Dance Tea
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)

Chrysanthemum Dance Tea

Polaroid-white frost on scab rock.
Black holes, cracks and crevices in time,
heat-bubbled-blood of a distant star:
it's snake-meat stew... some god's
retrospective exhibit... nothing for sale.

Half-doubt and doubling: the notion
you will see your lost brother,
or the son lost in childhood...
it persists to jangle sleep.

Midnight: chrysanthemum
dance tea.  Your dream-weeping
paints every skyline hopeless
with grey chapel-glass clouds.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Presentation / Preservation

Presentation / Preservation

Air stagnation advisory... shrub desert sunset:
the Wolfhound has been looking
over my shoulder at Dust Bowl
photographs... black-'n-whites
we might render in burnt-color...
slow-to-dry oil paint on canvas.

The local radio station is in a shabby
house at the freeway side of town.
We drive past it once a month.
We speak of becoming radio DJ's,
spinners of old time Waylon-trashed music.

We speak of the country looking Martian,
red dust over death-green sagebrush.
We speak of how many God Particles
can dance on the head of a flea,
about ancient going-empty aquifers.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

T-BONE GRISTLE FROM HANK WILLIAMS' PLATE: A One-Poem Red Shuttleworth Chapbook

T-Bone Gristle
Hank Williams' Plate

Red Shuttleworth

Originally entitled Crumbs from Hank Williams' Plate, drastically revised from the version posted on this blog on July 6, 2011, Red Shuttleworth's T-Bone Gristle from Hank Williams' Plate is a Bunchgrass Press limited edition chapbook.

Blog Bonus
Archive Photograph:

Red Shuttleworth, Luke Shuttleworth, J.V. Brummels

(Photo from the cover of  an ancient Red Shuttleworth chapbook,Western Movie, 
Winside, Nebraska, Winter 1987-1988)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland, in Collective Memory

Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland, in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)

Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland, in Collective Memory

Child-cry of swine on Market Day,
all-night Guinness-full revelers...
a lumpy bed-'n-breakfast bed for you.

When the fever rises up your spine,
you return to a room on a three-pubs street,
glad-thank Mrs. Breen (perhaps her name).

Everything is changed now, she says,
proprietress, smiling bearer of aspirin
and tea, collector of American stamps.

It's the middle of touristy June.
Be clever, Yank, and sweat it out.
She heavens you with five blankets,

Saturday, November 8, 2014

PROVISIONS: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook


a suite of poems

Red Shuttleworth

Provisions includes sixteen of the thirty poems/elements (some ruthlessly edited) Red Shuttleworth wrote in early autumn of this year.  Special thanks go to Nuno Santos and Ciara Shuttleworth for assistance with the project. 

The previously blogged Provisions poems are no longer posted on Red Shuttleworth's blog. 

Published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, Red Shuttleworth's Provisions is no longer available.

Red Shuttleworth

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, in Collective Memory

Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)

Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland, in Collective Memory

April sideways rain on Leabgarrow strand.
You read Peadar O'Donnell on a bunk
by a salt-streak window, The Gates Flew Open.

The Youth Hostel is middle-of-the-week
empty... you are king of solitude, days away
from love... Flemish backpack girl in corduroy.

This was decades ago, before any Arranmore pub
grew (broken beer bottle to the neck) murderous.
Daylight at 3 a.m., she fries eggs and  pork sausage.

A kiss from the Flemish girl each time a donkey
brays its grief, Ochone, ochone, at least I'm not
a pint of an inbred mutt, deaf in all four ears. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

UNTIL COLD SUPPER: A Dave Kelly & Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Until Cold Supper

poems by

Dave Kelly
Red Shuttleworth

Until Cold Supper presents three Dave Kelly poems (Zoo, Gold Watch Chain, and Building a Dike) and a two poems (Meditative... Speckled Rock and Currency) by Red Shuttleworth.

The cover photograph of Dave Kelly and Red Shuttleworth was taken by the late Dante Thomas at State University of New York at Geneseo on November 8, 1989.

Until Cold Supper is a limited edition Bunchgrass Press chapbook.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014


The summer/fall 2014 issue of the I-70 Review includes a Red Shuttleworth poem, 'Starlight on a Parched Tongue.'

Red Shuttleworth
(Norfolk, Nebraska, December 1986)

Among the other poets featured in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of I-70 Review are Jeffrey Alfier, Tobi Cogswell, Jim Daniels, Mercedes Lawry, Donald Levering, Jo McDougall, Jack Ridl, and Barry Spacks.

I-70 Review is edited by Greg Field, Gary Lechliter, Jan Duncan-O'Neal, and Maryfrances Wagner.  The magazine, an annual, is perfect bound, and costs $15.00.  The web address is: