Michel Galiana

Rookie (1933-1999 / France)

Biography of Michel Galiana

Michel Galiana's mostly unpublished work consists of:

-two essays, entitled 'Beyond your Homeland' (1987) and 'Treatise on Indifference' (1989) in which he proclaims that he wants no part in the collective extravagances forced on us by State and Society
-two collections of narratives 'A Trip to the West Suburbs' (1991) and 'The Cry' (1993) .

And yet, poetry has always been to him a field of investigation, as well as a form of asceticism.
He wrote among others
- 'The Dream in the Orchard' (1990) where verse appears in a strict shape to assert the poet's rejection of the visible world,
- 'In Memoriam' (1991) , also keeping the strict canons of poetry
- 'Out of a Book of Hours' (1992) , a title borrowed from Rilke, which completes the former one and also gives account of poetical introspection but in a less structured manner.

Michel Galiana's Works:

The Dream in the Orchard
Bilingual editions, The Borgo Press (Wildside Press)
available via Amazon.com

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The Helmsman

Are you the light dancing ahead of the bowsprit?
The reef you're heading for, which will be your respite?
Yet I am the helmsman and I steer and I weight
My holds with your ballast of darkness and of silt.

An obscure companion whom nobody would fool,
My voice never lowers even amidst your dreams.
Since you cannot forecast where your own star appears,
How shall you recognize the god whom you extol?

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