Lines Written for Gene Kelly To Dance To

N.p. N.p., Circa 1959. Original carbon typescript manuscript of Carl Sandburg's 1959 poem. INSCRIBED by Sandburg to Nelson Riddle: "Nelson Riddle / Ever good wishes / Carl Sandburg." Additional annotations in holograph pencil and ink by Sandburg throughout, as well as a few annotations relating to tempo and structure, presumably made by Riddle, in holograph pencil.

The poem was originally written for a 1959 segment of "The Gene Kelly Show," in which Sandburg, seated, recited the poem over music composed by Riddle, as Kelly performed a dance choreographed in response to the poem, which asked, among other thoughts, "Can you dance a question mark? / Can you dance an exclamation point? / Can you dance a couple of commas? / And bring it to a finish with a period?" As the show proved, if any dancer could, it would be Kelly. A captivating collaboration between three masters of their respective crafts.

Published in "The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg: Revised and Expanded Edition," by Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1970.

8.5 x 11 inches. Near Fine, with a faint vertical crease and three faint horizontal creases.

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