It’s nearly summer solstice, and the sun calls to us on these long golden days, urging us to don lab coats and roll down grassy knolls. An instructional video experiment by the Vis-a-Vis Society, with Britta Johnson and Ruby Seiwerath.

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Vis-a-Vis Society’s instructional video on how to go DOWNHILL for NEPO 5K Don’t Run 2012

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Anne Carson in Seattle

I am thrilled to be a part of this performance, along with Sierra Nelson, Ed Skoog, Kary Wayson, and Katie Ogle!

Anne Carson & Robert Currie in Performance TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014, 7:30 PM Town Hall Seattle

This evening will feature a world premiere performance of a new work by Anne Carson and Robert Currie inspired by the Cycladic Sculptures. With original music by Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney.The Cycladic Sculptures were created between 5000 and 2400 BC on the Cycladic Islands of Greece set in the Aegean Sea. These sculptures possess certain features; they are proportional and simplistic, their arms are folded, and the only facial feature carved was the nose. The sculptures have all been excavated at Cycladic cemetaries.



Vis-a-Vis Society Documentary

Nancy Guppy and her amazing crew at the Seattle Channel made this short documentary about the Vis-a-Vis Society a few years back while Dr. Ink and Owning were at work on their first evening-length performance piece and installation “Who Are We?” at the Northwest Film Forum.


59 Goodbyes was published January 2013 on Poetry Northwest‘s website. I wrote it during an experiment conducted in the Vis-a-Vis Society’s laboratory.

59 Goodbyes

Goodbye serious
Goodbye writing overly serious poems
Goodbye taking everything so seriously
Goodbye making everything into a joke
Goodbye shame
Goodbye dog poop in the basement
Goodbye talking shit while doing naught
Goodbye plot
Goodbye pee in the wrong place
Goodbye credit card debt
Goodbye hip-hurting shoes
Goodbye cold feet
Goodbye shed dog hair drifting
Goodbye drinking wine too quickly
Goodbye dehydration
Goodbye hoarding thriftstore clothes
Goodbye feeling sad about being fat
Goodbye fitness fantasy
Goodbye falling asleep while driving
Goodbye too-tight pants
Goodbye taking it personally
Goodbye impulse control
Goodbye confessionalism
Goodbye yelling in the morning
Goodbye Romney
Goodbye worrying about silences
Goodbye explaining
Goodbye smiling reflexively
Goodbye waking up at 2:00 a.m.
Goodbye waking up at 4:00 a.m.
Goodbye fear of the internet
Goodbye cussing out technology
Goodbye rough draft
Goodbye subsequent draft
Goodbye messy desk
Goodbye disposable contacts worn for 5 months
Goodbye Sunday afternoon blues
Goodbye tired all the time
Goodbye talking about tired all the time
Goodbye busy
Goodbye busy business
Goodbye drama-dona
Goodbye telling stories with no point
Goodbye old bra
Goodbye mindless mastication
Goodbye panic attacks in art museums
Goodbye search for authentic self
Goodbye fashion identity crisis
Goodbye terrible, overpriced cheeseburgers
Goodbye composite French fries
Goodbye uncurated piles
Goodbye IKEA storage solutions
Goodbye giant to-do list
Goodbye broken turntable
Goodbye muddy sound
Goodbye never-worn sweater
Goodbye single sock heap
Goodbye pitying narrative