Poetry

pkameen@pitt.edu

You can access from the drop-down menu above three new (all written in September, 2016) collections of poems (Li Po-ems, Harvest Moon, and In the Dark) as well as many of the poems I wrote 1975-95. I include full, printable PDFs and sound files of my readings of each collection on their respective pages.

June 3, 2017: A poem (text and audio) for my friend Marian’s birthday:

My Conversation With Li Po (PDF)

New Book

This Fall is the collection of essays I wrote last fall (2105), over about month’s time, after my daily walks in Boyce Park during the autumn leaf fall. It opens with the “This Fall: Preface” box. Each box to the side then contains one of the 22 essays I wrote back then, along with a recently added retrospective “Epilogue,” so you can navigate through them in any order. The “Preface” explains the origin and trajectory of the series.

I include a PDF of the full series, downloadable and printable, at the top of the Preface page if you prefer to read from hard copy.

There is also and audio book of my readings of all the essays in This Fall, the first  item in the drop-down menu.

My essay “Coming to Terms,” the first piece under “Essays,” which pertains to my wife’s sudden and unexpected passing in February, 2015, may be useful contextually in understanding the significance of these walks, if you want to read that as well.

Essays and Talks

“Coming To Terms” pertains to my wife’s sudden passing in February, 2015. It provides some context for the “Songs” page and lays the foundation for This Fall, the book of my essays. PDF here if you prefer to read from hard copy:

coming-to-terms-pdf

I also offer both a sound file and a PDF of the talk I gave at the 2016 Composition Program Awards event in April, titled “All the Time in the World.”

And I added a page that archives some of the major scholarly articles I published in the 1980s and 1990s, most of which are difficult or impossible to track in the marketplace.

Songs

I started singing several years ago for reasons I explain under Songs above. I’ve now uploaded a few dozen songs that range all over historically (from Stephen Foster to Herman’s Hermits) and generically (Big Band, rock and roll, R&B, show tunes, blues, country.) They’re sorted by whatever category happens to catch my whim. You can pick the ones you’d like to sample by title or type.