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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 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
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The first sentence of Peter O'Leary's long poem states up front the poet's noospheric faith:

The wren
the mind
allows
to sing
alights
-- 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
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Some utterly breathtaking passages in here, combining the naturalistic with the theological.
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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
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