STILL 2 KNOW
VICTORIA ANNE REIS
How to break, how to mend
How pop-songs and life-stories mutually embed
How it feels to weave a sacred trap with the resources u have available
Sometimes the world folds in on itself & it’s time to sing
In June 2012 I was at the Rainbow in Greenpoint, when Gotye’s breakup anthem “Somebody I Used to Know” started playing on the store speakers. I sighed long & said, “Jordan loved this song . . . he just texted me, ‘now you’re just somebody i used to know!!!’”
In June 2012 we had just broken up.
In February 2018 I was at MOMA PS1 again, this time for home school field day, home school the free popup art school I co-facilitate with manuel arturo abreu.
I remember I walked back in the karaopy room after RaFIA’s set in the dome
I felt aglow with art energy
buzzy from the crowd
And there he was, Jordan
On the red cushions with friends, watching people sing therapeutic karaoke
I said hi. We were still friends.
Then my heart felt right/I had an idea that felt important to me
I said: “Jordan let’s karaopy ‘Somebody I Used to Know’”
at first he said “no,”
I was slightly dismayed but i didn’t push him,
We all sat on the cushions admiring the singers. They were good, lots of feeling
I had to stay til the end.
Jordan came out of a long thought and said, “Let’s sing it. It is a duet”
glancing at the words
singing the breakup anthem of our breakup summer together
I did some ad-libbing between verses
the full-circle-hood felt good