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Poetry. In WATCHFULNESS, Peter O'Leary delves into arcane, biblical and mystical texts as well as the art of iconic architecture to deliver a new poetry. Here the center is "concealed in concealment" wherewith a new composition can be, in Duncan's powerful phrase, "made loose." Reminiscent of both Robert Duncan's "Passages" and Ronald Johnson's Ark, these verses draw influ ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Spuyten Duyvil (first published 2001)
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Feb 01, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
This is O'Leary's first book. I find him somewhat less rhetorically engaging here than in his second book, Gnostic Contagion (a study of the poetry of Robert Duncan and Nathaniel Mackey), and his second collection of poems, Depth Theology. In these later two books O'Leary is concerned to teach his readers the tradition of religious poetry in which he works. In Watchfulness there is much brilliance of speculation and emendation, but also occasionally a procedure that, while speculative and brilli ...more
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Shelves: poetry
An odd poetic, but it enters beautifully mystical territory in sustained stretches.
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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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