Joan Lauri Poole is a writer and dog lover living in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan. She loves to walk, garden, art gaze, star gaze, and read. Every day, despite her somewhat melancholy nature, she is struck by “The wonder of all wonders that the beings are,” as the German philosopher Heidegger once pointed out.
She has been practicing the Yang form of Tai Chi (sword and push hands included) with Maggie Newman and Tom Daly for the past 20 years, and still feels like a beginner. The form “informs” her life in many ways. It is, in the words of Maggie Newman, “an investment in loss,” and we are each a “revolving universe.” Maggie taught Joan the importance of “starting something in motion, then following it.” Joan recently took up an offshoot of the form, Tai Chi Chih, with teacher Carolyn Perkins, and has learned many new life-enhancing movements.