Thursday, August 19, 2010

Basic Rules of the Afterlife Part One

Basic Rules of the Afterlife Part One

to build a raft of syntax
and drift
down a river of invention

to lie for hours
in the hot dead grasses of soliloquy

to be intense
without obsession

to kiss
with wings of wild rosemary

to dream
without mother tongue
nor fatherland

to fall without fear
into the abyss

to live the event of dying
with substances of laughter

to build a bridge between poetic absences
over the river of passionate presences

to carry love on a nomad trail
sown with strange essences
only words can invent

to castigate doctrines
on the pyre of mimicry

to abolish time
by any means necessary

to live the pain
doctors cannot see

to dance inside out

to break through the wall
and embark on the endless journey

Dom Gabrielli studied literature at Edinburgh University and prepared for his doctorate in Paris and New York. In Paris, Gabrielli’s passion for French literature and thought led him to begin writing, translating, and teaching. He translated widely including published works by Bataille,  Leiris and Jabes. In the early 1990’s, he left the academic world to travel and devote himself to writing, whilst pursuing various business ventures. He has published two books to date. The Eyes of a Man, his first book of poetry, and The Parallel Body, which earned considerable praise. Both books were published by Ziggurat Books International. Gabrielli currently travels extensively.

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