Linda Stonerock, who has been in class with me since the beginning, sent this poem to our class recently:
Ars Poetica By Leslie McGrath
you don’t quite know
to the periphery
through the constant
re-drawing of its
what Makers make
you must set aside
a lumpy backpack
by the ticket window
at the station
Let the gentleman
in pleated khakis
pressed for time
not the poem.
Then Glen showed me his newest creations a few days later:
The watermelons he is growing in the greenhouse he built, and a media cabinet, recently completed, made of Walnut and Karelian Birch.
Photos of the Media Cabinet by Tom Sundro Photography, 2016 (If you want to see more of Glen's work, go to www.kalenwoodworks.com or go to kalenwoodworks on Instagram).
I look in awe -- at both the watermelons and the media cabinet -- at what a maker can make when they are able to leave that "lumpy backpack by the ticket window at the station."
And then THIS:
I got this email from Jill Sigman, and sheesh!
I though I might explode from the wonder of human beings doing the work of "setting aside certainty" and moving forward from that place.
I had the pleasure, the honor really, of working with Jill in NYC last month.
I was lucky enough to witness Jill in the midst of her creative process, making her way through an intricate maze of thought, imagination, and social & political query.
Jill and I worked at Lehman College, in The Bronx, where Jill has a residency through the CUNY Dance Initiative, and where Johannah Franke — who like Linda, has been in class with me since the beginning — taught Modern Dance for over two decades.
(I love this modern dance lineage that circles around, again and again, from The Bronx to Boulder and back).
For now, I've stopped watching the news, scrolling through Facebook, reading the NYTimes, etc., and instead am keeping my eyes and ears open to the inspiration, the courage, and the wisdom of those that are making, creating, building, shaping, generating, and bringing into being all that is true.
I'll get back to the news soon, but right now I want to focus on the beauty and the splendor of setting aside certainty.
Joanna, your dance mission for the week is to set aside your own certainty, again and again.
Put the lumpy backpack down.
Let your bones and your cells reorganize themselves in the face of not knowing.
Watch, notice, listen to what emerges, and follow it to the end.
Let me know how it goes.
With Warmth and Jivey Vibes, Joanna of Joanna and The Agitators sweetly agitating/persistenly upending www.joannaandtheagitators.com
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