Workshop: Kung Fu for Poets (Four Quartets)

DATE: Saturday, May 12, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am – Noon
PLACE: Nanaimo Museum (downtown)
INSTRUCTOR: Kim Goldberg
PRICE: $35 (pay at door)

4 Quartets by T.S. Eliot + 4 Liuhebafa moves by Chen Po (Tang Dynasty) + 4 poetry-writing opportunities by me = Crazy!

If you are anywhere near Nanaimo on May 12, please join me for this energizing fusion of martial arts and poetry-writing inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

The underlying themes of Eliot’s Four Quartets are: time, the universe, the divine, and our human relationship to them.

In this two-hour workshop, you will have a chance to learn and practice 4 of the 66 moves from the ancient Chinese martial art of Liuhebafa. (The complete 66-move sequence of Liuhebafa, once decoded, is purported to be a recipe for Taoist internal alchemy and even immortality.) The 4 moves chosen for this workshop each embody the themes of Eliot’s now-famous poem.

In learning these 4 movements and their encoded meanings, you will be exploring these themes physically with your body. The bodywork on each move is then followed by guided poetry-writing exercises that are linked to the same themes for the ultimate mind-body experience.

No prior background in martial arts or poetry is necessary. “First thought, best thought,” in the tradition of the Beat poets. Find out what happens to your creative powers when Rhinoceros Gazes at Moon or Phoenix Spreads Wings. You have never had a workshop like this one!

I have designed this special workshop as part of the Crimson Coast Dance Society’s celebration of Deborah Dunn’s “4 Quartets” dance performance, which will occur the following weekend on May 19.


Mail cheques (payable to Kim Goldberg) to:

Kim Goldberg / 35 Prideaux Street / Nanaimo, BC V9R 2M3

Questions? email: , or phone: 250-741-8577.

Kung Fu for Poets is part of my Pen & Dragon series of courses and workshops.

May you be swallow penetrating clouds,
Kim Goldberg

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact:
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