Poetry. These narrative and lyric poems draw one in, word by word and line by line. Rooted in a desirous present, they reach forward into the future, and one wants to reach with them."In my dream of this book, the dead are carried high up overhead. They upbraid the ground, its evacuations, and don't come to rest. Michael O'Leary, with THE RECEPTION, gives us the watchman of the terrible hour—the upbound city, reconnaissance, with its fragile, unremitted geometries—and we, his readers, are made tenuous, and beholden, and in nite, by the verse's elegant tendering of 'the supple granulation of a very ancient wound.' This is a nest elegy, to the day, and so to history, its suspirations, and the ossatures that, imperfectly, receive it."—Nathanaël
Michael O'Leary is the author of THE RECEPTION (The Cultural Society, 2016). He started off his career in data entry, but soon left for landscaping and construction, then became a jazz record auctioneer as well as a shelver of books at the local research library, which led to a stint as a grant writer at a university where he met a titan of industry and became a ghost writer. Somewhat desperate for a stable income, O'Leary became an engineer in the nuclear power industry. When the bottom fell out, he landed in a career as a quantitative analyst in the financial services industry. All of this occurred over the course of thirty years in Chicago where he still lives. He is an editor for Flood Editions in his free time.