Professor Helen Dawes’s research focuses on optimizing performance
of everyday activities through rehabilitation and on enabling physically active
lifestyles in adults and children with disorders affecting movement such as
stroke, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
Writing about her poem and
Helen’s research, Fiona Sampson comments:
team look at conditions that affect the nervous system and muscular
control. I have long been interested in
such issues: I used to be a violinist and spent hours a day concentrating on
precision of movement; but at the same time I would say I am at least mildly
dyspraxic. My handwriting has been sneered at all my life! I’m also aware that those who live in
villages like my own are at disproportionate risk of Parkinson’s Disease; my
assumption is that this is because of the use of chemicals in industrial
farming. Combine this with the sense of atoms as constantly in the motion and
you begin to have a feeling of the countryside’s trembling intensity.
The deer racing across a field…
for Helen Dawes
The deer racing across a field
of the same clay and tallow
colour they are - if they are,
or could they be tricks of the light? -
must feel themselves being poured
and pouring through life. We're not built
but become: trembling columns
of apprehension that ripple
and pass those ripples to and fro
with the world that shakes around us -
it too is something poured
and ceaselessly pouring itself.
February shakes the fields,
trembles in each yellow willow.