Poetry. HAMLET FIGURA is a serial work, a long poem, that constitutes a reading of, or response to, Shakespeare's Hamlet from the point of view of language. The work aims to interrogate language in philosophical terms, whether directly or indirectly. It is based on two major premises: that Hamlet is caught up with language as such, and that language in general creates world and is redemptive, whether or not the play represents this point of view. The theory of language implicit in the work is indebted to other theories of language and to theory in general. But it is based very much on my own sense of language and its centrality to the human condition. HAMLET FIGURA is an autonomous work, though one that depends on another, in this case Shakespeare's canonical text.
Daniel Gabriel is the author of HAMLET FIGURA (Dos Madres Press, 2020), Hart Crane and the Modernist Epic: Canon and Genre Formation in Crane, Pound, Eliot, and Williams (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Sacco and Vanzetti (Gull Books, 1983), and COLUMBUS (Gnosis Press, 1993); and the editor of Richard Darabaner's Plaint, a collection of his poems (Dos Madres Press, 2012), for which he also wrote the introduction. SACCO and COLUMBUS are both book-length poems, or poetic works, on historical subjects. Theater productions include a stage version of Sacco and Vanzetti, and the plays The Four Seasons of Salt, Exits, Snowbound, and The Fortunate Instant, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. He has a PhD in English from The City University of New York Graduate School, and taught for many years at Rutgers University. He lives with his wife Marlen, a writer, in Berlin, Germany.Author City: USA