Sunday, May 21, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 16





Notebook Crackles: 16

At dawn a smudge-gray sky...
bent and bending... tall yellow grass.
The rise-up from thin mattress
over criss-crossed rope difficult
for those with trick spines.

Residua of a furry-tongued town
surrounded by vast bone-tree plains:
piles of laundry scattered by wind,
small brown bottles left in trail ditches,
empty half-barns, canvas-on-pole habitations
for red-eyed hard luck sod-'n-bible solitaries.

The sky pours.  Writhe-smile mourners,
the emaciated living...  great coats and slickers...
a funeral in rain and wind.  The Caddy hearse
brought in from North Platte... stuck in mud.
The priest's black hat is blown to another county.

Later, on some jeweled Sunday after church,
in an early evening Walmart parking lot shadow,
ghost-horsemen, creak of saddle... distant
thunder like an angry god's stutter-mumble.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

SUNDOWN: A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook





Sundown

Seven Prose Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Sundown, a chapbook published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition, presents the following prose poems:

Hawk Season Notebook #78

Hawk Season Notebook #243

August Morning

Still In-Progress

Early Stumbles

Conked with a Fence Wire Stretcher

Trail Ride



Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) won the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  Shuttleworth is a three-time recipient of Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."



Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's latest book-length poetry collection is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 15




Notebook Crackles: 15

Fried sausage, cheddar over a fried egg,
side of sliced tomato for supper,
magnifying glass over fading scars....

One daughter remembers paint-chipped blue
blue aluminum lawn chairs at a dog-gnawed
kitchen table, seat and back cushions missing.


Outside... gray-sky... two dust-white horses
under a scarred poplar, backs to a strong wind.
Another spatter of rain on an iris garden.

Another daughter remembers small, bloody
November piles of skinned cottontails... squirrels.
Horse 'n big hound that'd stand under gunfire.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

BLOODSTREAM: A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology





Bloodstream

A Bunchgrass Press Poetry Anthology


Tobi Alfier


Jonathan Chant


Rex Rodenbaugh


Red Shuttleworth



Bloodstream is published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press.  Copies are briefly available from participating poets.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 14




Notebook Crackles: 14

Sunset... graveyard road west
out of Stratford toward Pinto Ridge:
grazing goats, weathered boots
upside down on cedar fence posts,
a restless dun horse screams,
Torn wish... blood money,
echo-twist of sparkling barb wire.

Notebook Crackles: 13




Notebook Crackles: 13

Noon nap... a toss-'n-turn dream:
a leopardess-woman sits the red-plush lobby
of a downtown Tonopah hotel,
Daylight demotes lovers.

                    ~

Stone-gray clouds, emerald fields
of timothy and alfalfa.  Such radiance!

                    ~

Spring surprise on a gravel
irrigation district road:
some farmer tractor-dragged a dead
or dying cow to a winter-dry ditch... left it
to transmogrify to a complete, intact,
reasonably still attached,
bird-pecked cow skeleton.
Curiously... no coyote-spread of bones.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 12




Notebook Crackles: 12

Grapefruit in a glass jar, ice on the left knee,
milk over almond granola, an obituary-gray sky
outside: don't make a break-heart promise.

Memory: a one-candle Irish bedroom
in Donegal, a valley in gold morning light...
scent of fried bread and eggs in a bed & breakfast.

The Rainbow Goddess, two-thousand years old,
is sleeping off urban drugs, conked-out
in the cold, greasy bottom of a farmyard burn barrel.

Against a moment of hollow,
recent death of a friend to kick off the month,
there is your youngest daughter's iris garden...

laid-out... planted twenty years ago:
luminous purples and whites....
poplar shade and specters at-frolic.







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 11



Notebook Crackles: 11

You wake on a desert of lost hours...
gray-black sand in an hourglass set on a slab of basalt.

A nation hooked on I-Want....

Glass of bourbon and water is set beside the sink.
You're washing a cake knife.
You think, Surfaces are cooler after rain.

Push pin and a sixties postcard against a kitchen wall:
tourists are shambling into a fake Jesse James
hideout cave.

You had a date that year with a Nanci.
She had been on the cover of Seventeen...
eyes of blue ash.  Her I-Want
did not include strawberry ice cream.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

KILLING TIME, A Bridget Clawson Flash Fiction Chapbook





Killing Time

Three Flash Fictions

Bridget Clawson



Bunchgrass Press is pleased to publish a chapbook of Bridget Clawson's flash fictions.  Presented are:

Killing Time

Just Now, In Front of My House

Popcorn



Bridget Clawson



Bridget Clawson is the author of three books: The Widow Lessons, Reviving Miss Kitty, and Baptized Every Morning.  Her books are available on Amazon.  Bridget Clawson has a new flash fiction set to appear in Mojave River Review.  Killing Time is her first chapbook.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

IT WAS A SUMMER, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook




It Was a Summer

Four Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth's It Was a Summer, a chapbook published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, presents four poems:

Silver Frame

Purple Heather

Hawk Season Notebook #125

Balance of Stones


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) won the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  Shuttleworth is a three-time recipient of Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."

Red Shuttleworth
(photo by Steve Rimple)


Red Shuttleworth's latest book-length collection of poems is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 10




Notebook Crackles: 10

Hazy evening... not a bit of glitter
from rattlesnake skin... and plenty of cloud-
shade to honor spring's first thunderstorm.

There is this wait... locked into thirst...
tall, deep-green lush grass where there isn't sagebrush.

Long back, you placed money on song... on poetry...
busted corral boards, barn wood, cracked fence posts,
roll-over-you outlaw horses... toward the only grace.




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 9




Notebook Crackles: 9

Way back then: awake after dream-memory...
strapped to a thin mattress on a cold steel gurney.
You're sixteen and the girl is sixteen and she says
it's just a dream... and, anyway, you're saving up
to get sloppy drunk on real good bourbon.

Newspaper headline on cold fusion... 
and your girl is making crimson paper flowers,
but it's decades later and in Reno at the Siena Hotel...
hungover with a plate of brittle bacon 'n pancakes.

High school counselor used to ask, What's gonna 
become of you... when baseball's dead 'n gone?
I'm rollin' down to Reno, find me a room
in a hotplate motel, pick a favorite bench...
daydream a poem... right beside the Truckee.

Notebook Crackles: 8




Notebook Crackles: 8

Grief-faint, in the shadow of non-native pines,
you tease the moon with a mad shriek.

Deserted... accuracy gone: the death of a friend
shuts you down.  Wish, wish, wish:

the not-here-yet summer is already broken.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PERSONAE, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Personae

Four Monologues in Free Verse for Theatre

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Personae, published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, presents four brief monologues in free verse:

The God Mercury

Valentinia II

Arthur Schnitzler

Max Frisch



Playwright and poet, Red Shuttleworth's latest play, a dark comedy of the contemporary American West, Tumbledown, received an elaborate staged reading (directed by Rick Williamson) on March 16, 2017 at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.


Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) won the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book.  Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."


The latest Red Shuttleworth book-length collection of poems is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 6

Dust Storm, Nye County, Nevada, March 1940
(Photo by Arthur Rothstein)



Notebook Crackles: 6

So many caught under the moon's heel...
cans of condensed milk, 1950's 
voices of creek stone for memory,
easy-crack old hips 'n ribs....

For company, the rustle of moonlight vines
outside a small fallen-to-ruin brick hotel.
The hands and feet tingle,
the mirror has grown a white-bristled face,
and for thirst there's a stainless steel
pail half full of cloudy lavatory sink-water.

For sleep: a bygone cowboy's
ripped quilt, blood-spotted single bed.
For dreams: the sorry-soil farms
where parents shallow-buried firstborn.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 5



Notebook Crackles: 5

It's a roadside flood-lake 
above an ulcerated coulees village...
Easter basket and candies 
likely tossed from a car window.

It is spring : stout gleam
in the eye of an Angus bull.

It's a wine-blue sky...
sunset coming....

A line of ancient
fallen gray cedar fence posts,
wire-broke or loose beyond purpose.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 4





Notebook Crackles: 4

Havre Best Western: slightly parted lips,
gaudy-gold strapless dress, a fifty-or-so brunette
lurches in heels, glitters across the motel lobby.
Fragrance of abandoned straw bale gardening.

Evening check-in: free cookie, digital room clock,
Chinese take-out down the street, anti-inflammatory
meds for the stove-ups,  cheap pillow-top mints....
Aging sky... a grumblin' thunderstorm outside.  

Motel bar: a gaggle of fly-specked
commercial realtors, lip-biters in golfer pastels, 
cell phones 'n chuckles, peel bottle labels,
stare at a Braves-on-mute TV game.


Tongue-stud barmaid scans you, Nice better-days
snap shirt, cowboy.  She pours a free whiskey ditch,
says she made a wood table from three farmyard gates.
says, Eyes the road, not them small roadside crosses.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 3




Notebook Crackles: 3

A bullet-pocked 1916 farmhouse
framed by warped-boards...
slow coulee miles from sweet care.

Past where a back door
once swung loose on leather hinges
for neighbors... for a scones 'n coffee welcome,
dead batteries... old tires...
echo of ghost-knuckles tapping
on half a maple breakfast table.

Wild ponies gone...
roping gloves pitched downhill... 
buckskin memory-particles.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 2




Notebook Crackles: 2

Burning barrel night fire
a mile or two south...
a breakfast leftovers smell.

Love is more than longing
or turned corners.

The clock declares:
there's an inky rift in the cosmos.


A ghost Hound leaves a message on your phone:
Where I river-crossed, bucktoothed angels
are handing out store bought cookies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Notebook Crackles: 1



Notebook Crackles: 1

Ratshot, .22 or .357, fired from six yards....
No rattler penetration from a wide pellet pattern.

Town lights south of the freeway, a sand-yellow sky,
go-for-broke flapjacks with butter, a side of sliced orange.

Desperate freestyle swimming... at five miles an hour
in your own pulmonary artery, you are faint... unclear.




Thursday, April 13, 2017

FOR THAT MATTER, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Red Shuttleworth's For that Matter, published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, presents five poems:

Riderless Horses

Waiting for a Guest

Blood-Orange Sun

Antiqued

Ghost Light



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 Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."

The latest Red Shuttleworth book-length collection of poems is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.


Friday, April 7, 2017

CHAPBOOK #160, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Chapbook #160

poems

Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth's Chapbook #160, from Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition, presents eight poems:

Hawk Season Notebook #79

Hawk Season Notebook #87

Sometimes You Get Pancaked

Hawk Season Notebook #232

Muddy-Brown Toy Camera Landscape Photograph

The Room Is Stone-Dark

The Next Time

Moonlight Juniper



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."

The latest Red Shuttleworth book-length collection of poems is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press).  It is available on Amazon.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

THE STRUGGLE: A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology





The Struggle

A Bunchgrass Press Anthology



Jeffrey C. Alfier


Susan Compo


John Dofflemyer



Dave Kelly



Luke and Red Shuttleworth



The Struggle is published in a limited (60 copies) edition by Bunchgrass Press.  Copies are briefly available from participating poets.

Friday, March 24, 2017

BROWN'S MULE: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook




Brown's Mule

Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Brown's Mule, a three-poem chapbook by Red Shuttleworth, is published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.  The presented poems are:

Brown's Mule

Aggregate

The Lighthearted Years Were....

Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth is a three-time Western Writers of America Spur Award winner for poetry.  He received the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry for Woe to the Land Shadowing.


Brown's Mule is a tobacco product for the foolhardy, for those traveling on bravado, for hillbillies and for the sons of hillbillies. Red Shuttleworth qualified for Brown's Mule by the time he turned fourteen.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg and Ultimate Greed



Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook... the Caligula
of the 21st Century

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, voyeur and ad-selling greed-head, is the kind of guy who shows up uninvited at parties, the sort who locates his host's family albums and wipes his boogers on family pictures.

Greed?  It would not be surprising if Mark Zuckerberg sold ad space on his children's skin.

Facebook is a communications company and should be regulated by the FCC.

Facebook apparently dodges taxes.  The IRS should audit Facebook and also audit Zuckerberg.




LAST NIGHT'S COYOTES: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Last Night's Coyotes

Poems

Red Shuttleworth


Last Night's Coyotes, a nine poem chapbook by Red Shuttleworth, is published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.  The presented poems are:

Hawk Season Notebook #74

And Gladness

Denim on Cotton

Hawk Season Notebook #188

Play the Cards Dealt

Hawk Season Notebook #214

Hawk Season Notebook #324

Hawk Season Notebook #371

Last Night's Coyotes



Red Shuttleworth



Red Shuttleworth, a three-time Western Writers of America Spur Award recipient for poetry, received the 2016 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book for Woe to the Land Shadowing.


Named by True West magazine in 2007 as "Best Living Western Poet," in the last half-century Red Shuttleworth has published poetry, fiction, drama, literary criticism, and ephemeral prose in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Artforum, Foreign Affairs, Ontario Review, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, Roundup, San Pedro River Review, South Dakota Review, Southwest Review, and Zone 3.

Red Shuttleworth
(photo by Steve Rimple)




Red Shuttleworth's new book-length poetry collection is Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press, 2017), available on Amazon.