Kung Fu Poets – Class Photo

What an awesome bunch in my Kung Fu for Poets workshop today at the Nanaimo Museum! We rocked the joint working on Liuhebafa moves #1 Stop Cart & Ask Directions, #6 Replace Star with North Star, and #31 Monkey Picks Fruit.

I matched each move thematically to a passage from T.S. Eliot’s famous suite of poems,  Four Quartets. And then we let nature (or should I say poetry) take its course with the personal poetic expression that flowed from our pens after we had physically embodied the abstract themes of time, the ‘still point’, and exploration – themes that are common to both Liuhebafa and Eliot’s Four Quartets, as shown below.

#1. Stop Cart and Ask Directions:

In my beginning is my end…
…In my end is my beginning
(“East Coker”)
~

and:

The river is within us, the sea is all about us;
(“The Dry Salvages”)
~

#6. Replace Star with North Star:

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future re gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
(“Burnt Norton”)
~

#31. Monkey Picks Fruit

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
(“Little Gidding”)
~

My Kung Fu for Poets workshop was part of the month-long celebration of Eliot mounted by the Crimson Coast Dance Society as a lead-up to Deborah Dunn’s dance performance “4 Quartets” happening on May 19.

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: 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: goldberg@ncf.ca
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One Response to Kung Fu Poets – Class Photo

  1. Holly Bright says:

    The workshop sounds as though it was fab. I was disappointed to miss it and am glad it went so well! Thanks, Kim! Looking forward to the culmination of all of the Eliot events in Deb’s show on the 19th! (Hey, Kim, we hope you will attend Deb’s workshop on the 20th at HarbourDancentre,,,10 to noon..Choreographing Words. It is open to all folks, all experience and interests and promises to be a great way to connect intellect with body. See you at the show and thanks again!

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