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Welcome to the COLLECTED POETRY of


by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media



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This substantial compilation of my complete poetical works combines readerly with non-readerly poems in what, in general terms, I like to think of as a distinction between ‘concrete’ and ‘abstract’ approaches to poetry, the former being, with one exception, either rhymed or in free verse; the latter, by contrast, either in free verse of an abstract - if just readerly (i.e. that can be read) - order or, like the Contemplations Vol.1, in patterned and often block-like arrangements which require only to be contemplated (hence the title).  Thus there is quite a contrast not only between the two types of readerly poetry, but between them and the two types of abstract poetry, neither of which owes very much to the other, even though there is a general progression, on both sides, from rhymed to non-rhymed poetry and from ‘readerly’ abstracts to pure abstracts such that defy reading as a vehicle for comprehension, irrespective of the fact that some form of comprehension is still possible on a purely or largely contemplative basis.  Thus there is also an overall progression, in this compilation of my poetry, from rhymed readerly poems to non-readerly abstract poems that are yet the product of careful structuring and not at all arbitrary or anarchic, some of which even intimate of meaning through what appear to be rhyme-like juxtapositions of key words.  – John O’Loughlin.







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Dosshouse Blues





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Stressing the Essential





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Spiritual Intimations





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The Modern Death





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All files Copyright © 1973–2012 John O’Loughlin


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Author Spotlight


Other collectivized websites by the author include:–

Journey to the Centre

Cutting a Long Story Short


Email: john-oloughlin@centretruths.co.uk


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John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of mixed Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter upon the death of her Aldershot-based husband) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot, Hants and, with an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother upon the death and repatriation of his ethnically-protective grandmother, Carshalton, Surrey. Shortly after leaving high school in pre-GCSE era 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved 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, where he eventually became responsible for booking ABRSM examination venues throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with further education at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of factors, left the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer-cum-office-skills tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late '80s and early '90s, he has steadfastly continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), An Interview Reviewed (1979), Secret Exchanges (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1981). Since the mid-80s John O'Loughlin has dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and penned numerous titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God (1985–6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988–9), Philosophical Truth (1991–2) and, more recently, The Best of All Possible Worlds (2008), The Centre of Truth (2009), Insane but not Mad (2011) and Philosophic Flights of Poetic Fancy (2012).


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