Ambroise Lefurgey: Selected Poems. Translation and Foreword by Liesl Ketum. gnOme, 2017. 80pp. And a great summary by Dan M., reminiscent of Paul La Farge’s introduction to Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine.
The Filatory: Compendium I. gnOme. 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1540567512. ISBN-10: 1540567516. 164pp. This collection marks new experimental domains for The Filatory, an unidentified circle that operates with the intent of concealment: re-creating the impulse of secret societies in an age of instant exposure to all kinds of thought. The specific offering found here is a joint effort […]
Subject A. Verses from the Underlands. gnOme, 2016.
A collection of the fantastical verses of the suspected serial killer known as Subject A, written during his incarceration in a secure psychiatric facility from 1977 to 1980. The poems, baroque reflections of an alternate eldritch reality referred to as “the Underlands,” give seductive and haunting dimension to the poet’s undisproven claim that he never murdered but only “transfigured” his victims in locations “not to be found on any map of the world.”
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The one whose gaze sets moths aflame
Will not look at me.
So blackened is my hanging corpse,
So deformed the tree.
There is little record of the life of the Albanian poet known as Pir Iqbal the Impaled. The survival of his verses is due to Hilmi Abdyl Maliqi (1856-1928) of Rahovec, who considered them worthy of transcription into the small notebook discovered in 1999.
As a young man he joined a tekke in Gjakova, but was expelled for unknown reasons.
In 1896, he suffered a mental collapse in Skopje and was later identified by Haxhi Ymer Lutfi Paçarizi as ‘mast-Allah’ [God-intoxicated]. His couplets, though heterodox, were known by mouth in the region, mostly among the Melami Sufis of Kosova and Macedonia. After the revolt in 1910, Iqbal publicly renounced Islam at Priština during the visit of Sultan Mehmed V in 1911. The following year, he converted to Christianity and was impaled for apostasy in Prizren. The people of the district, however, regarded his apostasy as false, a perverse expression of his spiritual intoxication (sakr). Thus, after his death, in honor of his mystical inspirations (waridat), he became known as Pir Iqbal the Impaled. “The dervish’s soul is lost. By the grace of Allah, his lines are not.” (from the translator’s preface)
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Cergat. Earthmare: The Lost Book of Wars. gnOme, 2015.
These texts are dusty. Exhumed from age-old insulating nepenthean layers of
medical ontology, they recount God’s earthmare of creation, reviving thus, the
Great Wars and spawning forth new cosmo-sporogonies. Heresy-producing
factories, these apocrypha texts narrating another story of Genesis, have been
repressed and condemned to oblivion by religious and scientific institutions
alike. Now uncharneled, after more than 3000 soporific years, they announce
the apocalypse and thrust open the flood gates.
The following book review was written a few years back by Cergat for the series Suspensions of The Islamicate Society, but as it was never submitted and has since grown into a larger body of work (about 8,000 words for Part I) than demanded by their guidelines (I believe the top was 3,000 words), we will publish it here instead. Part II, to which we will publish only the first section, constitutes a much larger work, and will be published separately and in its entirety as a book.
Naguib Mahfouz, Children of the Alley, A Novel, 1st Anchor Books, 1996, 448 pp., $10.87, (pbk), 978-0385264730
Table of Contents:
iii. Part I: Paralysis–The One Who Swallowed the Universe
Delusion I: Mental Time Travel
Delusion II: The Arbitrary Stoppage
Delusion III: The Big Crunch
iv. Part II: Split/The Sign
Illusion I: Suspicion
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