Nietzsche and Woolf Walk into a Bar – Poem by Barbara Gail Montero

Poetry by Barbara Gail Montero

We know that if spacetime curved
and Nietzsche and Woolf were to meet,
they would dance.

What more could a philosopher want
than to be a good dancer?
An Ideal, as well as an art.

Profound knowledge,
Dancing, shaking,
All alive, but controlled.
If only God had learned it better.


About the Poet

Barbara Gail Montero is a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. Her 2016 book, Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind (Oxford University Press), explores how the body and mind intertwine in highly skilled actions.

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