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Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
1983-
Middle child.
Arkansas State Spelling Bee Champion 1996 & 1997.
AAA Member in fair standing.
10+ yrs dishwashing/short order experience.
20+ yrs working at songs—most recently in Water Liars, Marie/Lepanto, and continually as Constant Stranger.
Hopefully, a friend.

In my mind, Constant Stranger stands as

An argument.
A reckoning.
A reconciliation.
Some kind of understanding.
Something reached by work and luck with melody and language.
A home for memory, gratitude, acceptance, and regret.
Engine exhaust.
Brake dust.
A ship’s wake.
A snake’s skin.
A lover’s sweat.
Blood dried brown.
A portion of moon.
A strong wind.
The smell of a storm coming, a storm passed.
Fire burnt to ash by dawn.
Evidence of what was.
Hope for what may be.

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I was born
and I died
I don’t remember anything else
a green river perhaps
a green tree
green eyes
and about this so much ado
such regrets about this

—Anna Kamieńska