Welcome to the POETRY AND PROSE of

 

 

Welcome to the EARLY POETRY AND PROSE (1973-6) of

FROM THE BEGINNING

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

Links to the files of which follow the brief introduction below:-

 

My first real collection of poems, written on and off during 1973-75, reflects the lyricism and formal simplicity of youth, showing the influence of poets like Rimbaud, Ezra Pound, Adrian Henri, and Doors lead singer Jim Morrison on my formative years as a writer. - A modest but by no means insignificant start to my literary vocation, which began pleasantly enough in Merstham, Surrey, before progressing first to Finsbury Park and then to Crouch End in north London, where I got the inspiration for the poem 'Dosshouse Blues', which should intrigue those who have personal experience of solitary life in cheap lodgings. - Appended to the poetry proper is a group of prose poems, a series of aphoristic observations of a light-hearted nature, four one-act plays, or playlets, two of which are straight dialogues, together with a couple of short stories which I wrote at about the same time (1976), and which I believe to have a loosely poetic quality and deserve, for stylistic reasons, to be included with the playlets, the title piece of which is a shamelessly facetious spoof on Oscar Wilde. – John O’Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

 

GOD'S SACRIFICE

 

SONG OF THE VICAR'S DAUGHTER

 

UNREQUITED LOVE

 

THE LOVERS' DREAM

 

SOLICITATION

 

A VINDICATION

 

REGRET

 

TO A PAINTING

 

WISHFUL THINKING

 

DESIRE

 

THE UNIVERSAL SONG OF LIFE

 

SONG OF THE LONESOME DRIFTER

 

THEY TAKE THE LETTERS

 

TRIBUTE

 

COMPLAINT

 

CIRCUMSTANCES

 

DOSSHOUSE BLUES

 

FANTASY

 

CONFESSIONS

 

I ENTER SONG

 

HER SMILE

 

REQUIEM

 

DREAM POEM

 

PATOIS

 

CANDLE

 

SCENE FROM THE CONFESSIONAL

 

THE POET AT A PARTY

 

THE POET AND HIS SOLITUDE

 

THE POET AND HIS SPLEEN

 

THE POET AND HIS LOVE

 

THE POET ON A STREET

 

THOUGHTS

 

A MAGNANIMOUS OFFER

 

BETWEEN THE SHELVES

 

THE LATEST CURE

 

AN UNUSUAL ENCOUNTER

 

THE WEEKLY CONFESSION

 

THE WEEKLY LESSON

 

All files Copyright © 1973-2012 John O’Loughlin

 

All of the above files are also available from Lulu.com in ebook format

And can be downloaded as either Dosshouse Blues’ (poetry) @

Dosshouse Blues

 

Or ‘A Magnanimous Offer’ (short prose) @

A Magnanimous Offer

 

For a complete list of his other titles @ Lulu.com, please visit John O'Loughlin's

Author Spotlight

 

Other websites by the author include:-

Changing Worlds

Fixed Limits

 

Text Links

Centretruths @ Wordpress.com

John O'Loughlin's Wordpress Space

Centretruths eBook Catalogue

Guestbook

 

Email: john-oloughlin@centretruths.co.uk

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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 and, upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school. Graduating in 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 for the Board's examiners throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with 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). From the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and hss penned more than seventy 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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