VI: Poetry by D.G. Geis & Photography by Natalia Drepina

"Soul Searching," by Natalia Drepina

Hexagram 23: “Bo” (Splitting Apart)                                                                                                                                   —for D.S.

The last man to die the death of 1000 cuts
was a Mr. Fou Tchou-Li. The year was 1905.

In Chinese this form of execution
is called Lingchi or “slow slicing.”

In English there is no exact equivalent,
but “death by fillet” is a good approximation.

The French philosopher Georges Bataille
was said to meditate every morning

on a photograph of Mr. Fou Tchou-Li
midway through the process of his

deconstruction. The object in question
has both arms removed and two

gentlemen are assiduously severing
the quadriceps femoris. The skin

and muscle on both sides of his
upper rib cage have been folded back

to better view the lungs which
continue to function as evidenced

by the look on Mr. Fou Tchou-Li’s face,
a signification which betokens neither agony

nor ecstasy, but something in-between.
It is the astonishment of a thinker

in the midst of a great thought, losing himself
a little here, a little there, until the answer floats by

so pure, so final, so free—
and like all great thoughts,

just out of reach.


D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared in 491 Magazine, Blinders, Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Crosswinds, Lost Coast, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Scarlet Leaf, and Sweet Tree. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is a recipient of the Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest.

Natalia Drepina, born 1989, is a photographer, poet, and composer/videographer from Lipetsk, Russia. Her work has been previously exhibited in galleries across the Russian Federation, including in the interactive photography project “Perfumer,” and also within the European Union, at the MacS | Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia. A forthcoming exhibition in the EU, at the Animalia Art Expo in Diksmuide, Belgium is slated for this month, on April 22, 2016. Be there! Or, let Natalia’s photography grace your own walls by visiting Fine Art America, along with Natalia Drepina Prints.


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