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Pilates in the Golden Years
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Gail Fishman Gerwin


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Pull your belly button

                      into your spine, assume

                                             dog facing down

                                                                      position

Point your eyes toward the

                      window, lift one leg,

                                              now inhale, exhale,

                                                                     inhale, exhale,

                       huh    huh    huh   phoo   phoo,   phoo,

they’re all exhaling

                     while I lie prone,

                                            belly button touching

the cool mat, spine

                       curved, legs flat,

                                             dog craving water

From Sugar and Sand (Full Court Press, 2009)
Used here with the author's permission.

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Gail Fishman Gerwin (1939 - 2016), a “Jersey girl” from birth who claims to have channeled Dorothy Parker and Sylvia Plath on occasion, authored three poetry collections: Crowns (Aldrich Press) was inspired in part by her four grandchildren; Sugar and Sand was a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist, and Dear Kinfolk (ChayaCairn Press) earned a Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Founder of the writing/editing firm Inedit, Gail was also the associate poetry editor for Tiferet and frequently participated in workshops and panels on the creative process.


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NancyJScott:
You go, girl!
Posted 09/13/2010 09:07 AM


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