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Romanian literary critic Petre Raileanu, it was for Luca the generating of life out of death. Thus, Luca was born in such a manner that he eluded biology. At this instant he leapt conventional neurology and was immersed in a language that overthrew the vernacular as grip via alchemic homeopathy. He then employed as his regimen a carnivorous subtext voracious in his employment of the wayward. It was staggering misuse made palpable by his impenetrable linguistic current, where not only was his grammar distended, but each letter of each word grappled with itself by ceasing to know itself, thereby broaching a new frontier of consciousness. It is what Deleuze cited as a “prime example of stuttering in language, which for him represented the highest poetic function.”1 For me, I call it a fulgurant transmission, with an intensity not unlike a lahar rushing down a darkened pockmarked lava hill. Two words seem to apply to this language: velocity and danger. In fact, Luca says to himself that “I fasten myself to my own disequilibrium.”2 He babbles by means of his own carnivorous substrate, like a hellish centaur, or perhaps a speckled Taurean ram evolved from cataleptic ciphers. One susurration evolved into another until a non-Euclidean flatland was evinced. Within these random hillocks of language, monsters hissed, condors flew round and round until a whole conjoinment of menace transpired… an existential cacophony as though Luca himself were still plying his weapons. Not a writer who theoretically tested his position, Luca never angled out his circumstance by means of meticulous neurosis. Like the Taurean that he was, he continually broke beyond limits through the fury of maniacal expression. There was never blockage by detail or horizontal rejoinder concerned with quotidian particulates. Instead, he enacted the bravery of despair, by always kinetically bounding beyond its limits, corroded as they were by daily entanglement. At this point it seems appropriate to chronicle his first five suicide attempts and their attendant documentation. It was as though he was                                                                                                               1

Sean Strum, “The Objectively Offered Object,” Te Ipu Pakore: The Broken Vessel: http://seanstrum.wordpress.com 2 Ibid.

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