The Way She Fits

Happy National Poetry Month from Stance on Dance!


The way she fits.
The perfection.
Settled on my forearm, my hand supporting her thigh.
Her face tucked under my chin. Her breath gentle on my neck. My cheek
against her forehead. Her ear on my chest. My arm laced under hers,
palm cupping the dome of her sweet sweet head.
To just stay like this.


Julia Cost was born and raised Maui, Hawaii in a family of artists. She went on to earn a double BA in Studio Art and Dance from Scripps College and a MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine. Since 2011, Julia has resided in Berkeley, CA. She has painted professionally since 2005 and works as a freelance graphic designer and art teacher as well as co-artistic director and choreographer for Nine Shards, a Bay Area based dance theater collective.  For more on her artwork, visit