photo by Maxine Hicks

ID: Paul Taylor seated and smiling

Paul Taylor's Esplanade, A Poem by Ian Spencer Bell

A new poem by Ian Spencer Bell is published to commemorate the death of Paul Taylor two years ago, in August 2018. As summer in New York City is waning, along with the expanse of our long evenings and vibrant sunsets, Paul Taylor's legendary work, Esplanade, reminds us that it's the energy of its people that remains and keeps us connected. 

-- Critical Correspondence Editors

Paul Taylor’s Esplanade

I said when you put on the double concerto

at the start of drinks, the June blue falling

to the edges of the evergreens, and in the field and airfield

the glow from deep inside the husks

poured onto our road, our floor even—

in hearty crumbs of peasant loaf and new grass.


Esplanade, photo by Paul B. Goode

Lee Duveneck, Madelyn Ho, Michael Apuzzo, Parisa Khobdeh, Robert Kleinendorst, Jamie Rae Walker, and Michelle Fleet

ID: a row of dancers on the floor looking right, at a dancer caught jumping in midair

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Ian Spencer Bell

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer and poet. His first performances were danced outdoors and awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has perform...
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