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Selma Jeanne Cohen


Cohen, Jeanne Selma: “Preface”, Raftis, Alkis: Dance in poetry. An international anthology of poems on dance. Athens, Dora Stratou Greek Dances Theater & International Dance Council, 1991.


Dance has meant many things to many poets.

Some, like Denise Levertov, see themselves in the role of the


to leap becomes, while it lasts,

heart pounding, breath hurting,

the deepest, the only joy.

Others, like William Meredith, place themselves in the audience:

/ am but one among your crowd of starers,

One of the blur of shirt-fronts and hands clapping.

There are those who admire the ballerina, as does Norma Farber:

Dancer, how do you rise?

The ground sends me.

Grace suspends me.

While Adrian Mitchell prefers an earthier genre:

....big dancers, they stamp and they stamp fast,

Trying to keep their balance on the globe.

Carl Sandburg wrote some lines for Gene Kelly to tap dance to:

Can you dance a couple of commas?

And bring it to a finish with a period?

Sacheverell Sitwell was enchanted by the Bayaderes:

They sway like young trees with wind upon their leaves

In an airy rapture........

And Thomas Hardy imagined Grandma Jenny swooping through:

The favourite Quick-step "Speed the Plough” –

(Cross hands, cast off, and wheel)

"The Triumph", "Sylph", "The Row-dow-dow",

Famed "Major Malley's Reel".......

The pleasures of dance and of poetry are manifold. Some dancers are happiest with the steps of classical ballet; others prefer jazz or jigs. Some poets choose to describe dancers in sonnets; others in free verse. The choices are numerous. The riches are here for the reader to enjoy.

Selma Jeanne Cohen


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