Stressing the Essential

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Centretruths Digital Media, Feb 21, 2013 - Poetry - 45 pages
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Mr O'Loughlin's second collection of poetry, written nearly ten years after 'Dosshouse Blues', is less formal overall, and more orientated towards free verse whilst being more consistently transcendentalist in relation to his by-then-fledgling theories of the post-human. For all their stylistic similarity, however, these poems still vary enormously in length and subject-matter, the longest and arguably best, viz. 'Dispelling a Futuristic Myth', being left till last.
 

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Mr O'Loughlin's second collection of poetry, written nearly ten years after 'Dosshouse Blues', is less formal overall, and more orientated towards free verse whilst being more consistently transcendentalist in relation to his by-then-fledgling theories of the post-human. For all their stylistic similarity, however, these poems still vary enormously in length and subject-matter, the longest and arguably best, viz. 'Dispelling a Futuristic Myth', being left till last. 

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Contents

The Trinity
Evolution
No
The Leaders 5 The People
Man 7 Transcendental Man 8 The Superman
The Superbeing
Spiritual Globes
Stressing the Essential
Evolutionary Pressures
The Higher Poet
Electron Freedom
EitherOr
SelfJudgement
The Ultimate Essence
Bright and Dark
More God than

Why the State Withers
Making More Equal
PostAtomic
Points 110
Synthesized Voice
Dispelling a Futuristic Myth
Copyright

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 John O'Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway City, the Republic of Ireland in 1952 of mixed Irish- and British-born parents of Irish descent. Following a parental split while still a child, he was taken to England by his mother and maternal grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland after a lengthy absence with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot, Oakham, and, upon the death and repatriation of his Galway-born 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. Upon leaving Carshalton High School for Boys in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved the comparatively short distance up to London and went on to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where, after a lengthy period as a general clerk, he was promoted to clerical officer grade one with responsibility for booking examination venues throughout the UK. After a brief flirtation with further education at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled as a history student, he returned to his former job in the West End but retired from the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and proceeded to dedicate himself to a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late 1980s 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), False Pretences (1981) and Deceptive Motives (1982). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has exclusively dedicated himself to philosophy, his true literary vocation, and has penned more than sixty titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God - The Omega Book (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2), Maximum Truth (1993), and, more recently, The Centre of Truth (2009), and Musings of a Superfluous Man (2011).  

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