Author Archives: kamen went

dreaming of zillow

when i wake it’s just me and gus.  a moving van is parked in the driveway.  i begin taking stuff out of the house.  dismantle the shelves made years ago; packing up mounds of ladders and scaffolding; tools to make … Continue reading

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a rube in rome

sometime around noon there’s a knock on the door, in answer to an ad in craigslist.  i bought at last a proper case for the ’64 martin i uncovered in a junkstore in the mountains and was selling off the old gig bag: … Continue reading

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suicide friend

‘i don’t know,’ she says, staring out into the empty desert. ‘something’s crossed over in me,’ turning now to stare into the other’s frightened, defiant eyes, ‘and i can’t go back.’ and then, in sophie’s choice, the sight of the two … Continue reading

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very beige

baby’s on the table how do you gild the lilly? two little squares arrived in a small manila envelope from austin, texas;  pickup rings, made especially for my guitar, swapping black for cream. out come the lollars.   low-wind imperials, hand-spinning copper … Continue reading

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four moments

we’re up walking the dogs along my favorite ridge above lake hollywood when we encounter another hiker on the trail. she’s thirtyish, hip, with shades and many colors and wispy hair. she says hi as she walks around with the … Continue reading

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collings

there’s a scene in Monster, as i find myself caught in the grip of a particular yellow ducati:  I was standing on a precipice in a high wind, preparing to leap, when a quiet voice cut through the vertigo: ‘In three months you … Continue reading

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disadvantage

        in all honesty i don’t know what it was; maybe a little weekend binging of HBO’s polygamy cockbuster series big love – a weeping, sweeping, star-crossed saga of epic henpeckery, of herculean pusswhippery in deepest mormon utah. maybe it was a … Continue reading

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Carnival

Look!  A Carnival Cruise liner has floated down Vine Street and dropped anchor at the end of our street. As proposed, the Onni project ‘1360 Vine Street’ stands a block wide, with half a million square feet of upscale floorspace.  … Continue reading

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homeland

here’s how it is. you’re sitting in your house on a quiet evening when there’s a knock at the door.   you open it a crack and a man pushes his way inside. he’s a big man, tall and blustery, in a shiny … Continue reading

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gas drunk

been taking the van these days because it’s friggin HOT and because this spiffy almost new econoline is so tight and rolly it makes me feel safe with a future of well over 100K trouble-free miles which is about all … Continue reading

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