What’s Newest

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 January 1, 2021)

slights: my new tiny poems from here not there (2020) 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.  The most recent update was December 2020, some additional “shelter in place poems,” and a bunch of newer poems in the section called “tiny poems grow the fuck up.” (Under Poetry Books.)

Harvest: Essays on Time from Olympia (Fall 2019) explores the mysterious  contours of temporality in the human condition. Founded on my daily woods-walks and drawing material from a variety of poets and theoretical physicists I was reading at the time, I offer, among many other things, a new way of thinking about the relationship between future and past as they intersect right now. (Under Books: Personal Essays.)

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

Original Music Album

A new  album (with 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. (Songs: second item, or http://paulkameen.bandcamp.com)

 

Newest Cover Albums

 “Tangled Up with You”  (winter 2021), songs on the softer side, from the 20s through the 60s, my favorite kind of songs to sing; and a very similar album of super-sweet 1930s-50s classics, “Up the Lazy River” (fall 2020) (All under Songs, first few playlists.)

 

Neighborhood walks in Olympia slideshows

The most recent addition to this YouTube series is a group of songsI made just in advance of the election, covers from more recent artists, with photos I took in my Olympia neighborhood, a stress reducer I shared with family and friends.  The songs are near the top of the Songs page. The link to the full YouTubes is:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKzk4gn600I&list=PL7FmiISKG6RTuyUHbx7OlJNIv5yX6L53F