There is a vitality, a life force, an energy,
a quickening that is translated through you
into action, and because there is only one of
you in all of time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through
any other medium and it will be lost.
quoted by Agnes de Mille
The Life and Work of Martha Graham, page 264
and today at Business in Rhyme (to whom, thanks)
Here’s another biography newly added to my wish list. Martha Graham (1894-1991) was a renowned dance teacher – and what she had to say about action, life force, energy, and unique expression tells me that her sensibilities were poetic too, and indeed that dance itself (word-in-flesh) is poetry – a vitality, a making something.