"Dance Figure"

"Dance Figure"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
May 18 2010 7:08 AM

"Dance Figure"

Click the arrow on the audio player to hear J im Powell read this poem. You can also download the recording or subscribe to Slate's Poetry Podcast on iTunes.
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He interlaces
his fingers
and stoops
to make a saddle
at knee level
of his palms
where she places
her right foot
and steps up
continuing to rise
while he straightens
to lift
and boosts her
springing from his hands
arms extended
overhead
fingertips pointed
arrowing skyward
as she leaps
higher
than either
separately
could
ever.

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Jim Powell's recent collection of poems is Substrate. His translation of the poems of Sappho is available from Oxford University Press.

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