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Review

people : life 

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Channel 3: Glass Anchor, Idle

Heidi Strauss, Justine Chambers

Toronto November 13–17, 2002

Glass Anchor:

something fills his throat.

it is breath,

and a word

(perhaps a sentence),

flooding inwards

like night in November,

full before there is time to blink.

~

tripping vaguely,

almost angrily on the light

he had spilled earlier that morning,

he swears, “shit” and puts the light back in the jar.

 

Idle:

she directed traffic,

the cars that were really just her dreams,

a single dream

fragmented like fingers to three four five

 

she walked forward,

throwing dream away, slowly away,

brushing the fading space

to finally wake

with words silently silk-screened

to her mouth.

~

she will return sometime

I tell myself

and believe it this time,

believe as she folds her elbows as envelopes

and mails herself to my address.

~

“stop.”

her favorite word is stop

and her arms love to flex,

carving the space in front of her

back on itself.

and with her mouth,

she says stop

the s and t sharper each time,

and she plays with the letter p

(the o is just the shape of her lips,

she thinks of the o as a kiss

and does not challenge its circle). 

 

From the author: 

I am on a mission to promote the integration of poetry to the process of ‘reviewing’ or responding to dance performances. I feel that the experience of dance supercedes the judgment attached to work (ex: That was a ‘good’ piece; I didn’t ‘like’ that show etc …), and that reviews or responses to creative performances should focus on experience over judgment. By responding through words, creating some semblance of poetry, I feel that the ephemeral art of dance is extended into a larger ‘lifetime’ as well as to a larger audience. 

 

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