Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pablo Neruda Prize-winner and prodigious poet Isabel Gómez has launched a new book of poems, entitled “Dasein.” The book, published by Cuatro Propio, deals with Gómez’s favorite topics of madness, love, and anguish. According to Gómez, “Dasein” represents a person who seeks to find and understand himself.

Much of the book deals with the life of French poet and playwright Antonin Artaud. Born in Marseille in 1896, Artaud spent much of his life battling disease and drug addiction, and spent some of his final years in an asylum for the insane. For Gómez, Artaud’s life provided an ample source of inspiration.
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