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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Last week, David Whyte opened my heart to the magnificent poem, The Song of Wandering Aengus, by WB Yeats. It stuck with me and got me so excited that I wanted to share some of that excitment with Alice Farebrother, and then I thought, why not just share it here.

To make any sense of this, you'll need to read the original first: www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/55687/the-song-of-wandering-aengus

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2 years ago

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I have loved this poem since hearing Donovan's sung rendition, too many years ago ...check it out. And yes, feeling love... but, like the divine, for everyone and everything, ecstasy! Btw, In Irish mythology catching a salmon (not a trout) is symbolic of acquiring wisdom. And of course the hazel wand is for divination. Xx

YES to this share! love as a mythical key - profound remembrance - shocked back into yourself - returned to a Godlike love. Keep sharing please good Sir Thomas Keily

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"a genital fire transformed by delight..."
Pablo Neruda on The Life Poetic
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4 years ago

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A piece from my favourite living poet, David Whyte, this week on The Life Poetic.
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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.
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4 years ago

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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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5 years ago

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Dropping into the rich emotional world of Japanese Zen poet, Ryokan - on this week's The Life Poetic.
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5 years ago

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Sunday morning yum 💜

Love Ryokan. Beautifully read – and I greatly enjoyed your talk too.

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Looking at the bids for intimacy often found in violence, on this weeks Life Poetic, with young writer Kelly-Lee Hickey.
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5 years ago

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

Love your interpretation Tom. 😀

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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.
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5 years ago

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I miss your voice wrapping itself around Walt.

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The Thomas Keily show reel
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