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Villanelle for Valerie: A Response to ‘The People’s Republic of Valerie’ May 6, 2017

At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being
Struggling to know as we circulate what’s real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Questioning the truth to which we cling
We float in space but rarely constellate each other
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

We seek refuge in the unknown when grieving
I used to wonder who would guide my fate
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

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What is Happening Now: The People’s Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

Yesterday was a day. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the glibly named American Health Care Act, which, if approved by the Senate, would push back the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid and weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions, raising costs based on health history. For some healthcare companies, preexisting conditions include pregnancy and domestic violence. 

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Free write inspired by The People's Republic of Valerie May 5, 2017

in the dark present, one of the 7 calls out to us
and speaks of steps forward and an elegant gown
and as the brightness chases the darkness into the past
we see there is no dress

no pomp or circumstance or ceremony
just the being
just the being
just the being
an echoed reminder that every moment is unfolding
with us at centerstage, there is only right now
just the being
just the being
just the being

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Ambassador Note on The People's Republic of Valerie: Kristen Kosmas May 5, 2017

“…The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?…”

– P.B. Shelley

 

Kristen Kosmas, spoke to me with a candor that I found deeply endearing. She spoke to me of sadness and shock at what she has seen recently. She spoke of human conflicts, announcements of bombings and escalating violence, impending destruction of habitat, the epidemic of banal assertion of power by state actors. Yet, through it all what was striking, was her intuition of hope and possibility. 

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On the Cartography Apr 24, 2017

I met Leon Finley at a Sarah Schulman reading at the Seattle Public Library in January. He was sitting in front of me, and I noticed that we were nodding emphatically— like, with our whole bodies— at all the same lines from the book (Conflict is Not Abuse), and at all the same points in the conversation between Schulman and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore that followed the reading.

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16/17 Season Artists | Kristen Kosmas/Paul Willis/Peter Ksander Jun 30, 2016

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Performer & Painter Larissa Tokmakova Jan 8, 2014

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Ideas behind There There: The Mysterious Woman Poet Who Didn't Exist Jan 8, 2014

The story of Russian poetry, tuberculosis, love via letters, a due of honor, and a mysterious woman with a beautiful voice and dark secret.

Read more about Baroness Cherubina de Gabriak vs. Elisaveta Dmitrieva.

 

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Dolls, Theater, & Opera: An Interview with Kristen Kosmas Jan 8, 2014

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Ideas behind There There: Visuals Jan 7, 2014

Mikhail Lermontov. (Lermontov again!)

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