Friday, August 20, 2010

Homage to a Famous Painter

Homage to a Famous Painter

what he performed at night
was dictated
by his body of sensations

the jokes he played on himself
as many relations
between brain
and prick
and the name he pretended
to obey

he drank profusely
fucking indiscriminately

in night's cage of comforts

like a robot he rose
in a transe
toward the canvases
where he invented a secret language
in unknowable waves
by desire in itself
in his painter's silhouette
undoing hypocrisies
of what isn't parading as is
returning life to its primitive beauty
its factual brutality
before the erasures of history
and mollycoddled truth

every gesture
not by him
every exact ghost-like move
not by him
but by the mathematics of chance
and the magic of circumstance
in a collision of forces
where he was just one element
nothing conscious at all
an atom of ordinary madness
in a greater circus
unknowable also
holding the world to ransom
with images
no society could accept
nor begin to understand
because society doesn't fuck
nor eat from the platter of night
but pays follies
to compensate
manually as it were
for the ache of its voyeur's incomprehension

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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