Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster 

Constant Stranger out September 30th, 2016 via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum


Middle child.

Arkansas State Spelling Bee Champion 1996 & 1997.

AAA Member in fair standing.

8+ yrs dishwashing/short order experience.

20+ yrs hammering at songs, singing, playing guitar—most recently in Water Liars.

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.

Another step on the road which fades behind as it runs ahead.

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 sliver of moon.

A strong wind.

The smell of a storm coming, a storm passed.

Fire, burnt to ash at dawn.

Evidence of what was.

Hope for what may be.


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