Ultracontemplations: Experiments in Poetic Abstraction

Ultracontemplations: Experiments in Poetic Abstraction

by John O'Loughlin


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Another and more structurally-advanced example of John O'Loughlin's 'nonreaderly' style of abstract poetry or, depending on your point of view, poetic word art and/or sculpture, 'Ultracontemplations' (1994) is comprised of some sixty-four 'poems' which have been entirely constructed with the use, along monosyllabic lines, of upper-case characters, thereby passing beyond the mixed-case style of 'Supercontemplations' (1993) and the lower-case absolutism of 'Contemplations' (1985) to what could be regarded as a conceptual plateau of poetic abstraction which, like its predecessors in the genre, only requires to be contemplated, as though it were a work of art - say, a biomorphic sculpture or abstract painting. - A Centretruths editorial

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ISBN-13: 9781500879891
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 70
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

John O'Loughlin was born in Galway City, County Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split while still a child, he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot (Hampshire), and, following the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches (Surrey), where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant, he attended a state school. Graduating in 1970 with an assortment of CSE's (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCE's (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved the comparatively short distance up to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, WC1, where he eventually became responsible, as a clerical officer, for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to study history, he returned to his former job in the West End but left the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors and began to dedicate himself to writing, which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency in the late '80s and early '90s, he has effectively continued with ever since. His novels include 'Changing Worlds' (1976), 'Cross-Purposes' (1979), 'Thwarted Ambitions' (1980), 'Sublimated Relations' (1981), and 'Deceptive Motives' (1982). From the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has almost exclusively dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than sixty titles of a philosophical order, including 'Devil and God - The Omega Book' (1985-6), 'Towards the Supernoumenon' (1987), 'Elemental Spectra' (1988-9), and 'Philosophical Truth' (1991-2).

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