This morning, Buffalo Rising learned of the death of one of our own from the not-so-distant past, Gabrielle Bouliane. Gabrielle was a poet and videographer with a tremendous life force. She was a force – a no-nonsense, shoot-from-the-hip, tell-it-like-it-is, real life woman – all wrapped in a sensitive understanding of the human condition.
Yeah, Gabrielle saw life for what it was, sometimes with a cynics eye, but she made it beautiful for others through her artistic talents.
Gabrielle was the champion of all poets and people, a worker of words. May she rest well and never be forgotten.
The following video, from an Austin poetry slam, tells the story of her recent trials – and offers advice – “from a girl who’s already half angel.”
Images: Self portraits by Gabrielle