Poetry. There are eight sets of eight poems. All poems within a set follow the vowel pattern of a particular passage from Shakespeare. They could be called homovocalic translations of Shakespeare though they ignore his content while trying to build toward their own coherence. The sets are not presented in linear succession. Instead, the poems are arranged in a chess pattern, the earliest surviving knight's circuit, attributed to al-Adli ar-Rumi of Baghdad and presumed to date from A.D. 840.
Born in Los Angeles, Gale Nelson has lived in Providence since the 1980s. He has taught at Trinity Repertory Conservatory and Brown University, where he is Assistant Director of the Department of Literary Arts. Gale Nelson is the author of THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TALK ENDS, CERTERIS PARIBUS, and STARE DECISIS as well as of a number of chapbooks. He is represented in the anthology 49+1: Nouveaux Poètes Américains, and two of this plays, "Disciplining the Dimes" and "The Undiapered Filefish," are included in The Joy of Phonetics and Accents by Louis Colaianni. He is also the editor of Paradigm Press. Author City: PAWTUCKET, RI USA