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Dance in Poetry
Dance in Poetry

Dance in Poetry

An International Anthology of Poems on Dance

Edited by Alkis Raftis


192 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $25.95)

Publication Date: April 2006

ISBN 9780871272843

Rights: WOR

Princeton Book Co (Apr 2006)
Dance Horizons

Price: $18.95


Eighty-seven descriptive poems about dance by well-known authors

The only book of its kind, this anthology of poems about dance puts forward several interrelated ideas: that poetry is itself a form that resembles dance, that the difficulties of writing about dance in prose are avoided in poetry, and that dance is a "language" that crosses cultures and centuries. Selections include Leonard Cohen's "Last Dance at the Four Penny," Babette Deutsche's "Ballet School," Li-Po's "Dancing Girl," Howard Nemerov's "The Dancer's Reply," Arthur Rimbaud's "Gibbet Dance," Anne Sexton's "How We Danced," and Yevgeny Yevtushenko's "Doing the Twist on Nails." Short profiles of the poets and sources for their poems are also included.

Author Biography

Alkis Raftis is vice president of the International Organization of Folk Art and president of the Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theatre in Athens.