Levine's style instead discovers in these lives something fluid and songlike, the rhythm of their vanished breath.
Maybe the least remarked distinction of Levine's poetry, especially the poetry of the last 15 years or so, is the seductive subtlety of its music: the way his lines, longer than they were in his early work, just seem to flow down the page, moving from image to image, from the beginning of an idea to its end, with the inevitability and liquid clarity of a solo by Lester Young. Young is mentioned by name in this book, as are Clifford Brown and Miles Davis and Bud Powell and Charlie Parker -- who, in fact, provides the occasion for the poet's meditation on his own breath.
Music is on Levine's mind these days, maybe because in "Breath" he's looking back not only on the lives of others but also on the strange life of his poetry -- trying, once again, to account for what he's been doing all these years. He ends one of his new elegies this way: "He was who he was. No, there aren't any answers, not definitive ones, but the question is itself a kind of answer, and the words "then or now" reveal a lot. View Larger Image. About the Author: Anthony Abbagnano.
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Call to Adventure. One Comment. Danielle DeWilde November 4, at - Reply. July, my mum expired It is Autumn I live…I breathe. It deepens with relaxation, pleasure and sleep. But above all, it is the quality of the respiratory movements that determines whether breathing is pleasurable or not. With each breath a wave can be seen to ascend and descend through the body.
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The inspiratory wave begins deep in the abdomen with a backward movement of the pelvis. This allows the belly to expand outward. The wave then moves upward as the rest of the body expands. The head moves very slightly forward to suck in the air while the nostrils dilate or the mouth opens.
The expiratory wave begins in the upper part of the body and moves downward: the head drops back, the chest and abdomen collapse, and the pelvis rocks forward. Breathing easily and fully is one of the basic pleasures of being alive.
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The pleasure is clearly experienced at the end of expiration when the descending wave fills the pelvis with a delicious sensation. In adults this sensation has a sexual quality, though it does not induce any genital feeling. The slight backward and forward movements of the pelvis, similar to the sexual movements, add to the pleasure. Though the rhythm of breathing is pronounced in the pelvic area, it is at the same time experienced by the total body as a feeling of fluidity, softness, lightness and excitement. The importance of breathing need hardly be stressed.
It provides the oxygen for the metabolic processes; literally it supports the fires of life. But breath as "pneuma" is also the spirit or soul.
We live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. If we inhibit our breathing we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss.
That is why breathing is the dominant factor in the practice of Yoga. Just take a deep breath.
I'll take my last breath. Push it out my chest 'til there's nothing left.
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Neither the Buddha nor the Christ belongs exclusively to the communities that were founded in their names. They belong to all people of goodwill, all who are attentive to the secret which lives in the depths of their breath and their consciousness. Gosh, I wouldn't have picked up on that. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise.