Isadora Duncan's Fire
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Written by
Kirsten Olson
August 2010
Contributor
Written by
Kirsten Olson
August 2010
My mother played piano. And I, Isadora, would dance. When our house caught fire, I mimicked the flames with the arch of my body. My mother stared solidly into the blaze. She leapt only once, when the piano peeled away from its legs and twanged into a crackled chord. When the song ended, curls of dust rose in adagio and followed my lead. My spirit found its form in fire. My dance ignited in sparks. Now I spring past myself into your light. I am your blink and your grasp your leap up from the kitchen table, the turn of your head to your lover’s voice. My spirit is the static of your negligee as the material clings. I cling and you are lit. by Kirsten Olson

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