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New Youtube Feature

Today (2/14/21) I launched a new feature on my YouTube channel, “fireside mini-readings,” which is basically just me sitting in front of my fireplace reading poetry for a few minutes. I’m starting with poems I’m writing right now, all from my ongoing book slights: my new tiny poems from here not there. I’ll do one of these a week for a while, until it feels like it has “run its course.”

I added a drop-down menu above,  under Poetry Books, to house all of this going forward. Here is a quick-link to that playlist, most recent video first. You can open the full current playlist with the icon on the top right of the image:

New Books of Essays and Poems

Living Hidden (Fall 2020), my most recent book of essays exploring my ongoing process of self-change, of the sort we all engage in at one time or another in our lives, either needing or wanting to become “someone other that ourselves,” an ambition that seems impossibly self-contradictory; yet it happens over and over in the human universe, making it possible both for individuals and societies to improve themselves over time, instead of remaining captive to attitudes, values and behaviors that are no longer productive, are even dysfunctional. It is a story that celebrates the hopefulness that such transformations both depend on and inspire. (Under Books: Personal Essays, most recent update is February 1, 2021.) And here is a direct link:

Living Hidden final 2-11-21

slights: my new tiny poems from here not there (2019-21) is my latest collection of poems, all written since I moved to Olympia, a different style and form than I was writing in Pittsburgh, short lines, crisp images, sound-based. I add new poems as I write them.   (Under Poetry Books.) And here is a direct link:

slights final for PDF 06-03-21

(all books available here for free in PDF form or at cost via Amazon.com)

            Original Music Album

My most recent original album (songs I wrote in April 2020) called “Self-isolation: songs measured in COVID-19 time,” with a few COVID-19 anthems and several personal songs about being alone. (on my Songs page or http://paulkameen.bandcamp.com)

 

Newest Cover Albums

“If Not for You,” (spring 2021) a remake of one of my favorite Pittsburgh playlists (“Peaceful Easy Feelings”), which I just happened on and wanted to redo. Mostly sweet love songs from the 60s-80s (Dylan, Tom Petty, The Eagles, etc.) (first item now on my Songs page)

“Little Bits of Love” (Fall 2020) is a playlist I created, day by day, during the week before the election last November, to promote calm in my own mind and for my family and friends. (under Songs, above.) I also made a series of YouTube slideshows with these songs as soundtracks for pictures I took in my neighborhood:

Neighborhood walks in Olympia slideshows

This is an ongoing YouTube series of slideshows-with-songs that I make with photos I take in my Olympia neighborhood. I use both covers and original songs as soundtracks, and I add to the series as the spirit moves me. Here is the link to the YouTubes: