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