I’m honored to have the chance to perform this Sunday in my hometown!
SUSPENDED MOMENT SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017 4-5:30 P.M. HISTORIC FULLER LODGE, Los Alamos, NM
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.
Thanks to Kaia Sand and Ellena at Powell’s for the footage.
Photos by Stephen A. Miller of our performance Tuesday at Littman White Gallery in Portland. Art by Hiroshima-native Yukiyo Kawano and poetry by me, a native of Los Alamos, where the atomic bombs were made. Our aim is to bring to life the human impact of nuclear weapons so they will never be used again. Please learn more and support our project at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/suspended-moment-community-education#/
This is a photo of Yukiyo Kawano and me standing in front of the world’s first plutonium reactor, which made the plutonium for the atomic bombs. Yuki is from Hiroshima, a third-generation atomic bomb survivor. I’m from Los Alamos, where the atomic bombs were made.
Photo by Stephen A. Miller
That night, not far from this reactor, Yuki and I along with dancer Meshi Chavez and composer Lisa DeGrace performed a piece centered around Yuki’s life-size sculptures of the atomic bombs, made of kimonos from her grandmother and stitched with strands of her own hair. I blogged here about our whole trip to Hanford.
Photo by Stephen A. Miller
Talking about it later, I think none of us predicted the impact this experience would have on our bodies—how we felt coming together in this place—with all we carry from Hiroshima and Los Alamos, from our parents and our ancestors.
We’ve launched a fundraising campaign to bring this performance to nuclear sites all around the world. The nuclear threat is far from over—as Trump’s rhetoric about arming Japan with nuclear weapons makes clear.
We embody what nuclear weapons mean, and we want to share that. We work, in the words of poet Carolyn Forché, against forgetting. We hope you’ll consider supporting us. Much more info is here.
The amazing people at Hatch Innovation recorded a podcast featuring the collaboration bringing together me as a poet and native of Los Alamos, NM–the place where the atomic bombs were made–with visual artist Yukiyo Kawano from Hiroshima and Butoh dancer Meshi Chavez from Albuquerque.
I have three poems up today in Across the Margin, thanks to Richard Roundy. Here’s an excerpt:
part of your body hurts.
Right now, I mean. There.
That’s the poem.