I would like to mark here my profound respect for Brain Goodwin who recently passed away, and was such a wonderful guide and inspiration for much of the work I am now doing within Animate Arts.
I happened to arrive in Totnes the day after Brian’s passing, and so was able to attend an ‘in house’ small memorial service for him at Dartington and connect with the community there in other ways, including helping to make a burial shroud in felt for him to be buried in – quite an honor to be able to participate in this event. Whilst it is very sad that he is gone from our realm, I believe he died a peaceful and ‘conscious’ death with his wife by his side.
I wrote the following ‘poem’ titled Goodwinian Dialogue whilst sitting in the college library during the week I was there which I would like to share with you. It is about what I felt it was like to be in conversation with Brian Goodwin
Goodbye Brian…many will carry your inspirations on with us, as you become a beloved ancestor.
Thought, feeling, senses blazing, sentience cohering in a myriad of interactions
Intention arising, movement finding direction
Pace and momentum, connotations gathering, finding elegant expression
Gentle, penetrating appreciation