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Nothing moves, but everything changes. “Hold the ball in your hand. Now, without changing your grip, allow it to be there. Did you move your muscles? Don’t. Without moving. Hold it. Now allow it to be there.” Polina Klimovitskaya teaches the actor profound and simple change. “Simple changes and one is no longer bound.” One becomes free as an animal, open as a child. For the actor the simplest thing will always be the hardest. We grow so impeded, so rational, so ensnared, that the most natural thing seems unattainable. It takes true, hard work to regress, especially where memory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Theodor Reik left Vienna in the post-war years and moved to Berlin. He built up his practice there, and one day received a request from Vienna for an appointment with a wealthy American. The man described his symptoms, (he had a severe obsessional neurosis, and found himself constantly engaging complex safety measures in order to defend himself against imaginary dangers.) He made Reik an offer he couldn’t refuse: If Reik would come back to Vienna to treat him for just one hour a day, he would pay all his living expenses, plus a salary exceeding his earnings in Berlin. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Thank you for your comments DL. I don't think Delmore is KNOWN to poets in their 20's and 30's. I asked a bunch of poet friends if they had heard of him- none of them had. I didn't know about him myself until I went to a reading at Labyrinth Theater. David Bar-Katz is writing a play about him. Now that I found him, I can't stop reading!
“O Delmore how I miss you. You inspired me to write. You were the greatest man I ever met. You could capture the deepest emotions in the simplest language. Your titles were more than good enough to raise the muse of fire on my neck. You were a genius. Doomed.” Lou Reed met Delmore Schwartz in the 60’s at the University of Syracuse, where Schwartz taught literature. “I’d given him a short story. He gave me a B. I was so hurt and ashamed. Why haunt talentless me? I was the walker for THE HONEY BEAR THAT WALKS WITH ME.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Warm thanks to David and Stacey for inviting me to BLOG this week! I plan to write about a variety of issues, magazines, people, poems, musicians...but I thought to start on a personal note I didn’t want to finish my degree at Oxford. It was nearly halfway through the year, and my mother and uncle travelled to Berlin for the Berlinale. I met them there. Sitting in a dim restaurant in Mitte, I didn’t touch my sauerkraut until I finished explaining exactly how impossible it would be for me to finish my studies at Oxford. Consumed by rehearsals, I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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