A new lumnious volume from visionary poet Peter O'Leary
In THE HIDDEN EYES OF THINGS, we travel through far reaches of the solar system—from “the silver of twilight” on Mercury, to the vast sea of hydrogen on Jupiter, to the “endless collisions of ice particles” in Saturn’s rings—in order to explore the unconscious. Guided by the conjunctions and oppositions of astrology, Peter O’Leary finds reciprocity between alien planetary atmospheres and the most intimate forces that shape a life. His poetry draws on oneiric imagery, recherchéé diction, and incantatory repetitions, in building toward an uncanny vision, the deep-felt familiarities of human life turned mournfully apocalyptic and sublime.
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Peter O'Leary is the author of five poetry books from The Cultural Society-THE HIDDEN EYES OF THINGS (2022), 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.