Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance - Atlas Obscura

Washington, D.C., United States

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

Join poet Janaka Stucky in 200-year-old Historic Congressional Cemetery for an immersive production of light, scent, and sound as he performs his new book of poetry ASCEND ASCEND.

Written over the course of twenty days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka’s new book ASCEND ASCEND is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah and Hekhalot literature. 

Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long-form poem will take you on a journey through self, destruction, and the divine. 

In partnership with Atlas Obscura and Third Man Books, two-time National Haiku Champion Stuckey will be presenting his new work in its entirety on a 2019 tour to a series of stunning, viscerally appropriate venues in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, D.C., Philadelphia, and Seattle.  

In our nation's capital, Janaka will be performing inside of the beautiful, intimate chapel on in the middle of Historic Congressional Cemetery.  

Tickets to each event will include a copy of the book, with an option available to acquire a deluxe, limited-edition only available on this Atlas Obscura tour.  


  • There are two ticket prices for this event. Admission with the paperback edition is $38 (retail value of $17.95). Admission with the deluxe, limited edition (retail value of $45), only-for-Atlas Obscura edition is $55.
  • This event is accessible via public transportation. It's about an 8-minute walk from the Potomac Avenue station and a 10-minute walk from the Stadium-Armory station on Metro's blue, orange, and silver lines. 
  • This event is family-friendly! 


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