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The Art of Gravity: Poems

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George Balanchine, one of the twentieth century's foremost choreographers, strove to make music visible through dance. In The Art of Gravity, Jay Rogoff extends this alchemy into poetry, discovering in dancing -- from visionary ballets to Lindy-hopping at a drunken party -- the secret rhythms of our imaginations and the patterns of our lives.

The poems unfold in a rich vari
Paperback, 93 pages
Published September 9th 2011 by Louisiana State University Press
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Initial reaction: A quick read of this respective collection of poems, but I'll admit this was a collection that was hit and miss for me.

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If there's something to be said about Jay Rogoff's collection of poems in "The Art of Gravity," then it's definitely that all of the poems have an emphasis on their structure and placement as the lines unfold - poetry imitating dance, if you will. I almost wish I could copy/pasta some of the selections from this collection, but then those of you per
Rebecca A. Rogers
Dec 16, 2011 Rebecca A. Rogers rated it liked it
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I'm on the fence about this one. The first half is beautiful and lyrical, and music and dance practically flow from the words.

But the second half involves Death (I'm capitalizing that because he's meant to be read as a person), and I'm unsure as to where he came from or why he's there. While I enjoyed Death's poems (some were humorous, in their own morbid way), the creative aspect of my mind was trying to link why an author would randomly throw Death into a book about sensual dance. Maybe it's
Feb 01, 2012 Satia rated it really liked it
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