Sunset, Moonset

a gathering across timezones & celestial bodies

Instructions:

  1. Find a good sunset spot (west-facing)

  2. Go there for sunset the day after a new moon (in 2022: Feb 2, Mar 3, Apr 2, May 1, 31, Jun 29, Jul 29, Aug 28, Sep 26, Oct 26, Nov 24, Dec 24) or the day after that.

  3. Chill with the sliver of a waxing crescent in the west, starting ~an hour after sunset, until moonset ~an hour after that.

  4. While watching, call a friend in your timezone, and ask if they can see the moon from where they are. Share the view.

FAQ's

  • Umm, timezones?
    Every sunset is a 24-hour event, starting at the international date line, then moving westward across the earth, as the earth turns toward the east. East coast people will see the sun set while it's still high in the sky for west-coasters. East Coast folks, if you call someone on the west coast while you can see the sunset, they won't be able to see the moon yet. You might not see it yet either. Just wait.
    As the sky darkens, the moon will appear in the west.
    If you want to bond with someone else by watching the moon at the same time, call someone in your current timezone. If they aren't already looking at the moon when you call them, they'll thank you for showing it to them.

  • How did this come about?
    Since the first time my life slowed down substantially, in 2007, the moon has been a consistent source of comfort. I started writing a poem, then, to share that comfort with other people, and I'm still writing it now.
    When I released my little book of twelve one-dollar poems in 2016, I started hosting long-duration poetry gatherings that center around watching the moon. I had planned one such gathering to take place in Marfa, Texas, where I had lined up a low-key artist residency. When the artist residency was nixed, COVID-style, I figured we might as well make it global.

  • Why now?
    I love spending time with the moon, and this relationship has helped to ground me in ~spacetime~ and now I want to share that grounded transformation with other people.

  • But aren't there more important things we could be doing?
    Yes, we can do more for ourselves, for each other, and for our environment during this historical series of moments. Epochal series of moments? The moon gives us a chance to expand and broaden our awareness, slowing down to feel into the natural cycles of light and dark, life and death, and to focus on what's essential. This moonset is a time to slow down, for everyone's sake.

  • Um what if I still don't get it.
    I am making this video just for you.