While I Was Dancing

22 Poems

By Steve Clorfeine

Subjects: Poetry
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781930337459, 79 pages, August 2010

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Table of contents

Author’s Introduction

Eleanor's Dance

In The Foyer

Who Will Look After Her When The Children Are Gone?

A Journal Of Positive


Help Is On Its Way


“We Have Buried So Much…The Delicate Magic Of Li Fe”

A Dream Apart

News From Basements

By This Merit

The Way He Knows Is By Reflection On Water

Called Back

Forgetting How Remember When

Etchings By Christoph Zihlmann

On Wings


Monica Vitti


Accord, Ecuador



Birds Dream

Old Ones

Artist’s Statement
About The Author


This collection of poems was written between 2004 and 2009. Working with various partners Steve Clorfeine developed a form, "moving and writing," in which one person moves with eyes closed and the other witnesses the movement, after which both write, "free writing" style.

Witnessed moving with eyes closed is based on a form called Authentic Movement, pioneered by Mary Starks Whitehouse and later by Janet Adler. They brought to a generation of dancers, educators, and therapists an improvised mindfulness-awareness practice, which Whitehouse called "movement in depth. ..moving and being moved. " What is revealed when the activity of imagining is primary, when the less visible or invisible becomes visible, when the substance of shapes, sounds, images, stories surfaces, mingles, and compounds and we are drawn deeper into the unknown and directed to mysteries?