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Author: Peter O'Leary

Peter O'Leary is the author of four poetry books from The Cultural Society—EARTH IS BEST (2019), THE SAMPO (2016), PHOSPHORESCENCE OF THOUGHT (2013), and LUMINOUS EPINOIA (2010)—as well as two books of literary criticism, including Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age. He was born in 1968 in Detroit, where he was educated by the LaSallean Christian Brothers. He studied literature and religion at the University of Chicago. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he edits Verge Books.

Earth Is Best
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Earth Is Best

The Cultural Society

Poetry. In a time of ecological crisis, Peter O'Leary finds in mushrooms "an elaborate pattern," a circulation of energy, a strange Kingdom with the power to alter consciousness. From the opening line "Earth is best," each proposition takes root in ...

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Luminous Epinoia
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Luminous Epinoia

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Poetry. Luminous epinoia, a Gnostic notion, stands for the primordial imagination from which the whole of creation came into being. Likewise, Peter O'Leary's poetry moves from a mythic unconscious to its manifestation in mutual dreaming: family, fri...

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Phosphorescence of Thought
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Phosphorescence of Thought

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Poetry. What does the mind do with its own "excessive novelty," the efflorescence of consciousness that saturates the world, at once waste and grace? in PHOSPHORESCENCE OF THOUGHT, Peter O'Leary contemplates the frothing song of a house Wren as an i...

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The Sampo
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The Sampo

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Poetry. Drawing episodes from the Kalevala, a Finnish epic, Peter O'Leary has created a poem of atmospheric intensity, full of elemental forces harnessed by supernatural craft. Line by line, it is composed of images and epithets that flicker into an...

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