Even Lovers Drown 2015Performance installation, video, iPads, animation, poetry, sound
A mermaid found a swimming lad,Picked him up for her own,Pressed her body to his body,Laughed; and plunging downForgot in cruel happinessThat even lovers drown.In collaboration with Sorina Reiber
I have just drunk the waters of Changsha And come to eat the fish of Wuchang. Now I am swimming across the great Yangtze, Looking afar to the open sky of Chu. Let the wind blow and waves beat, Better far than idly strolling in a courtyard. Today I am at ease. 'It was by a stream that the Master said 'Thus do things flow away!' ' Sails move with the wind. Tortoise and Snake are still. Great plans are afoot: A bridge will fly to span the north and south, Turning a deep chasm into a thoroughfare; Walls of stone will stand upstream to the west To hold back Wushan's clouds and rain Till a smooth lake rises in the narrow gorges. The mountain goddess if she is still there Will marvel at a world so changed.
Two swimmers wrestled on the spar Until the morning sun,
When one turned smiling to the land. Oh God, the other one!
The stray ships passing spied a faceUntil the waters borne,
With eyes in death still begging raised,And hands beseeching thrown.
You mustn't swim till you're six weeks old,
Or your head will be sunk by your heels;
And summer gales and Killer Whales
Are bad for baby seals.
Are bad for baby seals, dear rat,
As bad as bad can be;
But splash and grow strong,
And you can't be wrong,
Child of the Open Sea!