Poetry. THIS DRAWN & QUARTERED MOON makes pre-millennial San Francisco its epicenter, and from there ranges out in time and space. Characters abound. The reader will meet a plagiarist, a Vietnam vet named Othello, a Mafia don, a drug mule en route to jail, Elvis Presley (the poet's father was his doctor), a "Sculptor of the Lower Fillmore Head Shot," a dying Arab king and Courtney Love. "Autodidact and gregarious loner" Kurt Lipschutz, aka klipschutz, alternates personal with public poems, satires with romance, dramatic monologues with prose poems, street swagger with delicate songs that carry their own music. Over ten years in the making, this collection evokes the restless spirits of predecessors such as Nicanor Parra, Gregory Corso and Kenneth Patchen.
"A succinct, speedy chronicle of events as they come at the author with bewildering multiplicity and congestion. To encompass it all, he responds with such variety that some poems look surreal despite their very real particulars."—Carl Rakosi
"Breathtaking sound and rhythms. Endless wordplay, trippy delight, passion, heartbreaking rage, the comedic, the horror. Sorrow so deep it's liberating."—Sharon Doubiago
"THIS DRAWN & QUARTERED MOON is an illuminating text, verbally sharp as a tack, spinning a web of language that catches many a random fly, but most importantly speaks of and about what most people never venture to say, and then says it with such irony as to twist the audience into the volume's tornado lines."—Rattle
"…there's a pretty fine ride to be had in THIS DRAWN & QUARTERED MOON…A close examination of the man's work on paper reveals that, more than mere zaniness, there is frequently a beguiling complexity to his poems that lingers long after their reading. Reviewing a book of poems by klipschutz is a little like critiquing a force of nature: the first instinct is to step back uncritically and admire the man's penchant for conversational wit and incisive panache…"—The Pedestal
Born in Indio, CA, klipschutz left high school early to travel the U.S. by thumb, then lived in Laurel Canyon, Echo Park, and Hollywood before a short stint at Naropa. First marriage, San Francisco, Gallup polls (door-to-door), first fruits: The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder (o.p.). Recently, he was shocked to discover that he has published six previous collections. As well, he has co-written approximately 100 songs that have been released by Chuck Prophet. With Jeremy Gaulke, between 2014 and 2017 he edited the collectible minimag Four by Two through twelve issues (a complete set resides in the Special Collections Library at U.C. Berkeley.) The high-water mark of his lucrative side hustle as a journalist was a 7K word review- essay on the great Frank Stanford, published in Toad Suck Review. klipschutz lives in San Francisco with Colette Jappy and three tuxedo cats.
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA