Suspended Moment in Los Alamos

I’m honored to have the chance to perform this Sunday in my hometown!


Join us on the anniversary of the world’s first atomic test to experience Suspended Moment, a sculpture installation and Butoh dance and poetry performance by Los Alamos native Allison Cobb and Hiroshima native Yukiyo Kawano, with Butoh choreography/dance by Meshi Chavez, soundscape by Lisa DeGrace, and video projections by Stephen A. Miller.

At the center of the performance is a life-sized sculpture of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, created by the artist Yukiyo Kawano. Yuki was born and raised in Hiroshima, a third-generation atomic bomb survivor. She creates her sculptures from WWII-era kimonos that belonged to her grandmother, and sews them together with her hair, melding the DNA of generations of atomic bomb survivors.

Co-sponsored by Los Alamos History Museum, Los Alamos/Japan Project, and Los Alamos County Library System. Funded in part by a grant from the New Mexico Intervention Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Announcing After We All Died

cobb-coverMy book After We All Died is out from Ahsahta Press! I’m really happy to have the opportunity to appear at several upcoming events with some incredible poet colleagues. My gratitude to all the organizers and hosts.

Upcoming readings and events:

September 19: People’s Co-Op Bookstore, Vancouver, BC, 7:30 p.m. reading with Stephen Collis and Kaia Sand

September 23: The Black Squirrel, Washington, DC, 8 p.m. reading with Leslie Bumstead and Sue Landers

September 24: Charmed Instruments, Philadelphia, PA, reading with Sue Landers

September 26: Fall for the Book Festival, George Mason University, 6 p.m. reading with other alums

October 2: Fall Convergence, University of Washington at Bothell, 1 p.m. panel “What is Poetics?”–with some great co-panelists

October 29: Segue Series, New York, NY, reading with Angela Hume

November 13: Small Press Traffic, San Francisco: A reading and conversation with poet Lindsey Boldt

On fire, desire, fossil fuels

Kaia Sand and I read last night–pieces on fire, desire, fossil fuels–at Passages Bookshop, thanks to the generous David Abel. Kaia sewed and burned skirts for us. She burned the word “desire” into my skirt.


Kaia illuminates the moth so it shadows the wall behind–with fossil fuels we are like moths to flame.


I have my plastic car part, a major character in Plastic: an autobiography.


The making of Dream Salon


Chris Ashby, creator of the new journal Dream Salon from Couch Press, took me through the steps of making the journal this afternoon at the sublime IPRC here in PDX. This is a sneak preview, people. Come and see this gorgeous publication at the release party Saturday, January 17, 7 p.m., at the also sublime Mother Foucault’s, 523 SE Morrison.

The massive paper cutter--a beautiful circa 19th century hunk of metal.

The massive paper cutter–a beautiful circa 19th century hunk of metal.


Perfect binding on the Bind-Fast 5

Pulling out the letter press plates for the cover.

Pulling out the letter press plates for the cover.

Cover plate

Cover plate

Folding covers

Folding covers

Writing the Pacific Plastic patch

A nice article by Gary Chun, and featuring photos by Jen Coleman, about events at the University of Hawaii organized by Susan M. Schultz and with support from Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Lecturership series, which is allowing me to spend time in the midst of the vast blue with poets I so admire: Susan, Brian Teare, Stephen Collis, Craig Santos Perez. I also just have to mention that appearing in the photos are Ron and Noni Sanford of Volcano Village, Hawaii, who were generous to bring Jen and me to Kamilo Point back in 2011 to witness the plastic plaguing their shores.