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Mourning a Loss: Louis McKee, 1951-2011

We’re terribly saddened to just hear of the passing of Lou McKee, who died yesterday  (the very day his chapbook, No Matter, was re-released). I’m passing along this announcement by Eileen D’Angelo:

Dear Friends,  
   With a sad and heavy heart, I am writing to let you know that our friend and Philadelphia poet, Louis McKee, died yesterday, November 21st.
   A dear friend of so many of us on the Philadelphia poetry scene, Lou was most definitely one of its greatest voices. His passing is a great personal loss, as I know it is a great loss to us all. It is an understatement to say that he will be missed by many.
   Plans for a memorial service are underway. I will send additional news ASAP.
   Sincerely, Eileen
  
Louis McKee (born July 31, 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has been a fixture of the Philadelphia poetry scene since the early 70s. He is the author of Schuylkill County (Wampeter, 1982), The True Speed of Things (Slash & Burn, 1984), and fourteen other collections. More recently, he has published River Architecture: Poems from Here & There 1973-1993 (Cynic, 1999), Loose Change (Marsh River Editions, 2001), and a volume in the Pudding House Greatest Hits series. Gerald Stern has called his work “heart-breaking” and “necessary,” while William Stafford has written, “Louis McKee makes me think of how much fun it was to put your hand out a car window and make the air carry you into quick adventures and curlicues. He is so adept at turning all kinds of sudden glimpses into good patterns.” Naomi Shihab Nye says, “Louis McKee is one of the truest hearts and voices in poetry we will ever be lucky to know.”
Near Occasions of Sin, a collection issued in 2006 by Cynic Press, has been praised by Brendan Kennelly: “I really admire, and like, deeply, Louis McKee’s poems. They have two qualities I love – clarity and candour. And they often tell stories even as they evoke mysteries of being. And they engage a great deal with people. “The Soldier,” for example, is stunning for its pure drama. Then, he is a moving, complex love-poet, at once passionate and reserved. McKee’s poems are like flashes of spirit rooted in the body. He never hides behind, or in, obscurity. Near Occasions of Sin is utterly unpretentious because his genius (I think he has that) is so real; “I am content with this,” he says at the end of “Failed Haiku,” and this readiness to be himself, in all his complexity and simplicity, is, I think, the basis of the appeal of this most unusual and attractive book. Sometimes, McKee talks to his reader and it is like talking to a next-door neighbor (that’s what I mean by candour in these poems). Also, they sound like songs at times-winged, humane, vulnerable.”
 
Philip Dacey, writing about McKee’s poetry in Schuylkill Valley Journal (#24, spring, 2007) says, “It is the essence of McKee’s work to be rich in artifice and craftsmanship and informed poetic strategies while at the same time consistently brave in its presentation of two confrontations: a person’s with himself and that person’s with the world outside himself. To read McKee is to witness drama and struggle; if the art is hard-won, the human victories are, too.”
 
Warren Woessner, in the American Book Review (Jan/Feb 2007, Vol 28, No. 2), writes that McKee’s poems have a “surprising honesty…. In this era of superconfessional hubris, we are told that no topic is off-limits, but, if this is so, why are so many of these poems startling? Picasso said, “art is not truth,” and I know that to be true, but it is important to the force of these poems that I can believe that the poet is giving us his stories straight up.”
 
McKee was a longtime editor of the Painted Bride Quarterly. During his tenure, he edited three special issues, celebrating the work of Etheridge Knight and John Logan, as well as a retrospective, 20th-anniversary volume of the PBQ. He operated Banshee Press and edited the magazine One Trick Pony until its demise in 2007.

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New ReBound title by Louis McKee

We’re proud to announce the forthcoming publication of No Matter by Louis McKee. Originally published by Pig in a Poke Press in 1987, this new edition features an introduction by Joseph Farley and is Number Five in our ReBound Series. Please join us in congratulating Lou & welcoming him to the Seven Kitchens family.

Official publication date: November 21, 2011 [125 copies]
ISBN-13: 978-0-9829396-7-3
27 pages; $ 7.00

2012 titles

Following up on our teaser, we’re delighted to announce the lineup for next year’s Summer Kitchen Series: another set of five chapbooks published in limited edition print runs of 49 copies apiece. They are:

  • How to Measure the Darkness by Christina Pacosz – publishing June 21, 2012
  • Talking About the Weather by Liz Ahl – publishing July 1, 2012
  • Blood Work by Casey Charles – publishing July 11, 2012
  • Oh, James by Jill McDonough – publishing July 21, 2012
  • The Queer Texas Prayerbook by Crystal Boson – publishing August 1, 2012

We’re also happy to announce that we’ll publish JeFF Stumpo’s El Oceano y la Serpiente/The Ocean and the Serpent as Number 7 in our ReBound Series on May 1, 2012.

In October, we’ll publish Ed Madden’s My Father’s House as Number 6 in Volume Two of our Editor’s Series. And in March of 2013, we’ll publish David Eye’s Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past as Number 7 in the series. These titles were the runners-up for this year’s Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, and we’re so very happy that the poets were agreeable to publishing their work with us!

Finally, look for news about this year’s Keystone winners in December. And that will pretty much set the calendar for 2012! Thanks to you all for your continuing support.

ReBound Series is now open

We are now accepting submissions for the 2011 ReBound Series, which publishes out-of-print chapbooks in snazzy new editions. Current titles in the series are, in order of release, Notes from the Red Zone by Christina Pacosz, Ordinances by Naomi Lazard, Letter to Frank O’Hara by Steve Turtell, and Slow to Burn by Collin Kelley. Two additional titles will be released in November and December: No Matter by Louis McKee, and Midwinter Fires by Jeffery Beam.

Nominate a deserving chapbook today: full guidelines are here.

Mary Meriam: Summer Kitchen #4, and Collin Kelley reading

A bit behind schedule, we’re delighted to bring out Mary Meriam’s exquisite The Poet’s Zodiac tomorrow, August 19, as Number 4 in our hot, hot Summer Kitchen Series. Please join us in congratulating Mary!

And if you’re in the Atlanta area, please come celebrate the reissue of Collin Kelley’s Slow to Burn, Number 4 in our visionary ReBound Series. Collin will read from StB, as well as new work, on Saturday, August 20th, 3pm at Bound to Be Read Books. Congratulations, Collin!

New ReBound release by Collin Kelley

Slow to Burn: poems by Collin Kelley. Number Four in the ReBound Series. Originally published by Metromania Press in 2006; published in a new second edition with an introduction by Karen Head. Please join us in congratulating Collin as we celebrate the reissue of his chapbook on August 4!

Two new titles in February

We’re happy to announce the imminent release of two new chapbooks: Letter to Frank O’Hara by Steve Turtell, winner of the 2010 ReBound Prize, which drops on February 14, and Between Careen and Caution by Heather Burns, #11 in our Editor’s Series, which will publish on February 28.

Pre-orders are being accepted now for Steve’s chapbook, and Heather’s will be available for pre-order very soon. Please join us in welcoming our two newest authors!