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STRESSING THE ESSENTIAL

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

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This little collection of twenty-five mainly philosophical poems, written during 1982, may serve to confirm that I had considerably deepened my approach to and concept of poetry since Dosshouse Blues (1973-4), and the result should not prove displeasing to anyone who would prefer to see me, as I myself do, primarily as a philosopher (albeit a self-taught one) who occasionally dabbles in other things, poetry not excepted.  Doubtless the fact that I am someone of southern Irish birth who, brought over to England as a young child, has spent the greater part of his life away from his native country ... has something to do with this paradoxical state-of-affairs, since one is often exposed to contrary influences and predilections, both natural and artificial, neither of which greatly ingratiates one to less complex or, perhaps I should say, paradoxically confused people?  Be that as it may, I accept that I have, at various times in my life, been prepared to dabble in poetry, even if from a philosophic rather than a strictly poetic standpoint, since the adoption of alternative genres makes for variety both in the presentation and conception of one's thought, and can be beneficial to the writer himself, who could otherwise bog down in one mould and grow stale or bored, as the case may be.  Stressing the Essential, the first of four collections of philosophical poems written in successive years, precluded me from experiencing such a stultifying fate and was thus of indirect benefit to my philosophical will.  It was not, however, any the less easy to write! – John O’Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

THE TRINITY

EVOLUTION

NO GOD

THE LEADERS

THE PEOPLE

MAN

TRANSCENDENTAL MAN

THE SUPERMAN

THE SUPERBEING

SPIRITUAL GLOBES

STRESSING THE ESSENTIAL

WHY THE STATE WITHERS

MAKING MORE EQUAL

POST-ATOMIC

POINTS 1-10

EVOLUTIONARY PRESSURES

THE HIGHER POET

ELECTRON FREEDOM

EITHER/OR

SELF-JUDGEMENT

THE ULTIMATE ESSENCE

BRIGHT AND DARK

MORE GOD THAN MAN

SYNTHESIZED VOICE

DISPELLING A FUTURISTIC MYTH

 

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EVOLUTION

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split partly due to his mother's Aldershot origins (her father, a Presbyterian from Donegal, had served in the British Army), he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who upon the premature death of her husband had initially returned to Ireland after a lengthy marital absence from Athenry) in the mid-50s and, having had the benefit of private tuition from a Catholic priest, subsequently attended St. Joseph's and St. George's RC schools in Aldershot, Hants, and, with an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been sent to a children's home by his mother upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, he went on to attend first Barrow Hedges Primary School in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, and then Carshalton High School for Boys. Upon leaving the latter 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, with some prior experience himself of having sat and passed (with merit) an ABRSM Gd.4 piano exam, he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues for the Board's examiners throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to do English and History A Levels, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of personal factors, quit the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer and office-skills tutor at Hornsey Management Agency within the local 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 Mr O'Loughlin has dedicated himself almost exclusively to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has 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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