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We’re pleased to announce pre-publication of Amp the Airy Void. This is a new book by the formidable poet prankster, Robert Lane Wilder (aka “Kelsey”). Mr. Wilder is the founder of a musical, surreal style he calls Fauxbrow.

New! Amp the Airy Void by Robert Lane Wilder

Amp the Airy Void - Robert Lane Wilder Book on CSM Press
This irreverent book is coltish and captivating. As thought-provoking as any poetic worldview that’s come along in quite a while. Caustic, engaging, yet tongue in cheek. Mr. Wilder takes playful, wide-angle looks at love. He examines the world of work. Then goes deep into art, culture, science, history and nature. He explores human relationships both real and fantastical. He writes odes to the truth of nature, and to the nature of truth. These coexist with piquant portraits of outcasts and eccentrics. Violin playing penguins ride the bus. Tin cans expound philosophy. Well disguised space aliens check out Earth for colonization. Poignant, funny, surreal and surprising, Amp the Airy Void inspires repeat readings.

About the Author

This writer has a compelling story and unique background.

In the 90s Wilder helped promote mixed media and punk art happenings. In New York City these events started getting too popular. Overzealous local authorities squelched them. They ordered Mr. Wilder to pay five-figure fines. Mr. Wilder found himself railroaded into a five-year journey through a loaded court system. His offense? Creating flyers.

Wilder found himself encouraged and helped by Allen Ginsberg and Jello Biafra. This author’s legal battles became a cause célèbre. His case took 5 years in the courts. But the end result became an important, impactful, precedent-setting victory for free speech.

Others have benefited from Wilder’s significant free speech / first amendment victory. Like “Hope” poster artist Shepard Fairey. In 2007, this artist was able to cite the precedent setting verdict in Mr. Wilder’s previous case. The end result? Mr. Fairey avoided a draconian (90+ year!) prison term he faced in Boston for street postering.

Notable historian & Harvard scholar Howard Zinn reviewed an early Wilder manuscript in 2009. Parts of this book are in Amp the Airy Void. Mr. Zinn volunteered enthusiastic praise for the work.

Mr. Wilder’s writings are unique. Street-smart, entertaining, and surprising. Also a bit wistful. Wilder’s experiences as a touring guitarist and singer are also evident in these writings.

The official publication date for Amp the Airy Void is in 2017. CSM Press is making pre-publication copies of this first edition available to qualified reviewers. This is for a limited time only. So act fast. To arrange a book-signing event or an interview, e-mail CSM Press here.

We are a new press and have more great projects in the works. You can check back here soon to find out more. You’ll get the scoop here before everyone else.

Click here to view sample content from Amp the Airy Void.

Robert Lane Wilder Reads from ‘Amp the Airy Void’ Book – Sound Clips

Do you like Dr. Seuss? Ever hear the humorous poetry of Shel Silverstein? Reaching 100 years into the past, the wandering bard Vachel Lindsay? Hints of Langston Hughes. We also hear undercurrents that suggest Bob Dylan. Attitude-wise, there’s James Dean. A dab of Al Pacino. Mix all this together and you get a taste of the author and performer Robert Lane Wilder.

Here Robert Lane Wilder (aka “Kelsey” or “KC”) reads from Amp the Airy Void. Click the gray arrow icons below to hear each clip. This is just a small sample of the content in this book.

Mr. Wilder is also a classically trained musician and voice actor. He has performed before diverse audiences coast to coast. To arrange a reading or book signing, contact CSM Press here.

Note: Below are short samples only. These are all clips taken from Wilder’s longer, entire songs or poems. Contact us here to get the full songs or poems.

 

      The San Francisco Beat (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Cheap Apartment Living (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Doggedly Resolved (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Picture Perfect Pandamonium (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Another View of San Francisco (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      At a Crossroads (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Alien State Police (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      No New Yawk School Wires (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Albert, a Phone Booth (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Heroic Joe (clip) - Sepulveda + Wilder

 

      Mickey Mouse Screenplay (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

      Playa Bunnies (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 


Links Worth a Look

George Grosz: a poem by Robert Lane Wilder

George Grosz rearranged and reinvented imagery.
Into human folly, grasping zeitgeist by the throat…
he took apart convention and conformity poignantly.
Nailing its reality, civilization in decline.

Pointing out pointlessness,
the evils of an ugly age.
Grosz, a peerless visionary zeroed in…
exposing all the underpinnings of corruption.

Skillfully he’d spotlight this milieu,
its grim chokehold…
Grosz unequaled social critic
prescient, he foretold.

Everyday I trudge around
disgusted much like him,
social failures wreaking havoc
without and within.

Bureaucrats, pervasive
corporate robots waving fists,
clearing out the best and brightest
from within our midst.

 


Above illustration by George Grosz, originally done in 1932
for Bertolt Brecht’s children’s book, The Three Soldiers

 

-All text above- copyright 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder