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 instance of this "fluid exuberance" of mind. And like the bird's song, his poetry unfurls a work of evolutionary wonder: exhilarating in its creative force, virtuosic in its repetitions and variations, and mournful in the face of environmental devastations.
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.Author City: OAK PARK, IL USA