TOPICAL PIECE: NOVEMBER 18, 2014
I am near the front. Geeta is complaining
about the terrible Canadian
headstand. So she renovates mine. Abhi’s
hands under my shoulders feel like hydraulic
jacks. Gulnaaz has to hold my ankles
to keep me upright. Take her to the wall,
Geeta commands, with two tri-folded
blankets under her head. It is hard to get
my elbows down, upper back in, sacrum
stretched, pubis level. Hard to go up.
Hard to balance. Stretch my neck. Pull my front ribs
back. Move my thighs back. Abdomen back—
to change what I didn’t know I didn’t know.
Jane Munro’s sixth poetry collection Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006). She lives in Vancouver and practices Iyengar yoga.