Improvising from poetry

For the last day of Margie Gillis‘ marvelous master classes last week, she asked us to each bring in a short snippet of a poem and improvise to the words read out at various tempos by another dancer.

What poem would you pick, and what is a line or two that stand out for you? I would love to hear suggestions of favourite poems – every couple of months in Dancing for Wellbeing sessions we do a bit of dancing with poetry and new ideas are welcome.

Last week the only book I had on hand started with a poem by the late Irish poet John O’Donohue, Beannacht, which ends with “And so may a slow/ wind work these words/ of love around you,/ an invisible cloak/ to mind your life.”

Photos by Yvonne Chew of my improvising to the poem:

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