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In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Peter O’Leary, who edited Ronald Johnson’s The Shrubberies for Flood Editions, has a beautiful new book:

Hardbound and sewn w/ metallic cloth, whitestamped foil, endsheets · 128pp · $21 · ISBN 978-0-9773401-4-9

Luminous epinoia, a Gnostic notion, stands for the primordial imagination from which the whole of creation came into being. Likewise, Peter O’Leary’s poetry moves from a mythic unconscious to its manifestation in mutual dreaming: family, friends, literary forbearers, and political demons take their place in a Dantescan vision of order and strife. Yet the prevailing mode of this book is less narrative than devotional: O’Leary’s rich diction, full of archaisms and neologisms, tessellates dreadcomblutrescencefogroom, and beatitude, the whole of it forming a complex, cathedralic figure for desire.