Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Phosphorescence of Thought” as Want to Read:
Phosphorescence of Thought
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Phosphorescence of Thought

4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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: ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Cultural Society
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Phosphorescence of Thought, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Phosphorescence of Thought

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-33)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 25, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whitman
The first sentence of Peter O'Leary's long poem states up front the poet's noospheric faith:

The wren
the mind
to sing
-- and flits --
on branches bare
of anything other than the sun's ceaseless iodine
the woods at dusk flood with
like sutras meditators seep their thoughts in
neurochemicals recall from the galaxy's
antique axiometry.

The "axiometry" in the mind's neurochemical woof throbs as one orbit, one organism, really -- this would be the evolutionary upshot in the French Jesuit cosmol
Matthew rated it did not like it
Mar 28, 2016
Norman rated it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2013
evan rated it it was amazing
Dec 12, 2014
Matthew rated it it was amazing
Feb 13, 2015
Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor rated it it was amazing
Jul 22, 2015
Derek Fenner
Derek Fenner rated it really liked it
Sep 21, 2015
Dec 27, 2013 Tobias rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2013
Some utterly breathtaking passages in here, combining the naturalistic with the theological.
Ken Taylor
Ken Taylor rated it it was amazing
Jul 24, 2013
Trevolio rated it it was amazing
Mar 28, 2016
Nov 16, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
Quite an adventure ... highly recommended.
Zach Vesper
Zach Vesper rated it it was amazing
May 26, 2015
Patrick Michael
Patrick Michael rated it liked it
Feb 28, 2016
Nazareth rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2014
Sm rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2013
Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2014
Sam marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2014
bossanova marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2014
Eric marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2014
Paul marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2014
Dom marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2014
Mitch marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2014
Kevin marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2015
Emilie Yardley
Emilie Yardley is currently reading it
Feb 22, 2015
Ben is currently reading it
Mar 13, 2015
Camden marked it as to-read
May 22, 2015
Juan Gargiulo
Juan Gargiulo marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2015
Mark Mendoza
Mark Mendoza marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2015
Bes marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2016
Zining Mok
Zining Mok marked it as to-read
Jun 01, 2016
James Cook
James Cook marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Born in Detroit, 1968. Raised in Grosse Pointe Park, a suburb of Detroit,
educated in public schools there & then in a Catholic high school, De
LaSalle Collegiate, taught by the LaSallean Christian Brothers. Post-
secondary education at the University of Chicago, the College, earning
an AB in English literature in 1990, albeit with a one-year stint at Reed
College, in Portland, Oregon, to study poe
More about Peter O'Leary...

Share This Book