Thomas Keily

Thomas Keily

I am a writer. I am a ghost-writer by day, but my passion is in poetry, and more recently, erotica. The poet Brook Emery said that after a while, all poets realise that they’re only writing one poem. My poem is about love, and the courage, discipline and faith needed to step fully into the space of love. Wanting to trace Rumi’s poetry back to the source, I spent several years in Turkey with a Sufi community of Rifai’i dervishes. 

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Love, and learning how to love fully, is a spiritual practice, and I try to let the warrior spirit it demands guide my writing. I position my erotica in direct opposition to dominant and superficial expressions of sexuality in modern society. The methodology I’m developing is to create mature, empowered and spiritually-alive characters, and then just let them go for it.

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"a genital fire transformed by delight..."
Pablo Neruda on The Life Poetic
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuK8DaIuQ4sA night of love-making with Pablo Neruda, this week on The Life Poetic with Thomas Keily.
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A piece from my favourite living poet, David Whyte, this week on The Life Poetic.
youtu.be/S7iBqQP63fgThis week on the Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we take a look at contemporary Welsh/Irish poet David Whyte. www.davidwhyte.com
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What makes Paul Simon one of the great lyricists of our time? The Cool, Cool River on this week's The Life Poetic.
youtu.be/QCl6NDG6eQAThis week on the Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we look at a track from one the great lyricists of the 20th Century, Paul Simon. Listen to the original, here...
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I wear my bow-tie wonky in honour of Wales' finest poet - Dylan Thomas. His majikal/mystical meditation on Death, 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion' on this week's The Life Poetic.

youtu.be/46YGJXQXthwThis week on The Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we take a look at lyrical Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, and his piece "And Death Shall Have No Dominion".
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Always an inspiring post Thomas.

Love must be fought for. Don't get sucked in by superficial sweetness masquerading as love. That's what old Bill reckons. Shakespeare on this week's The Life Poetic
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(Happy birthday Bill)This week on The Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we look at Shakespeare's most famous love poem, Sonnet 116.
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Dropping into the rich emotional world of Japanese Zen poet, Ryokan - on this week's The Life Poetic.
youtu.be/oSUWjXFzoxkThis week on The Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we look at two short pieces from the Japanese Zen Mystic, Ryokan.
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Love Ryokan. Beautifully read – and I greatly enjoyed your talk too.

Sunday morning yum 💜

Looking at the bids for intimacy often found in violence, on this weeks Life Poetic, with young writer Kelly-Lee Hickey.
youtu.be/rFyzb95Gzm8This week on The Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we take a look at two short pieces from Northern Territory writer, Kelly Lee Hickey. Check out her website an...
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Love your interpretation Tom. 😀

Amazing hearing about Kelly writing poetry too. I remember her from cadets in Darwin.

One of the sauciest spiritual texts on the planet, Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' is the focus of this week's The Life Poetic.
youtu.be/U8QrLhY6yIkThis week on The Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, we look what some people call the 'sauciest' section of Walt Whitman's epic, Song of Myself.
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I miss your voice wrapping itself around Walt.

The Thomas Keily show reel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lC7j6y9xlwShort highlights from a year of performance, 2015
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Celebrating IWD this week, I celebrate my favourite "political" artist Ani DiFranco on this week's The Life Poetic, and her track 'Animal'.
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List of previous Life Poetics can be found at thomaskeily.com
PM me to have them delivered directly to your inbox.This week on the Life Poetic with Thomas Keily, I take a look at my favourite 'political' artist, Ani DiFranco, and her piece, 'Animal'. The song can be foun...
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IWD shout out to my creative powerhouse sisters: Alice Farebrother, Ali Crane, Jeunae Rogers, Anita Bonita Applebaum, Becca Dakini, Hannaka Johnson.

I've always thought of Ani DiFranco as a lyrical genius...thanks for sharing!

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