Altarpieces: Structures of Poetry and Spiritual Thinking

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iUniverse, May 18, 2011 - Poetry - 280 pages
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Fire?ies at dawn. . .
Winged essences, charred bodies still on ?re.

This evocative poetry-essay collection issues a call for a renewed embracement of the readers own expressive self. Weve each a persona to hear --- a voice to resonate through silences of night and the noises of everyday. Life is a mystery hard to crack. We bang it like a door and strum it like a lyre until it opens some new portal through which the voice can authentically sound-out the truths of being human. Thats the happening of this book.

Altarpieces have always been artistic creations to conceive lifes sacred space. This book follows that tradition, if rather untraditionally. These pieces speak to hear life on ones own terms; from ones own altar and cathedral. This gathering created a poet-self identity --- called Apokstrophes. The essays join with the poems to conceive poetry and the spiritual quest with a renewed existential-eco-romantic perspective; sounding that quest with both feet grounded on worldly other Planet Earth.

The challenge to grasp life at the core is a wrenching-wrestling match with the Other, that ever-present dimension of poetry on lifes path. --- Joining philosophical play with the authenticity of word-pieces as true orients, OKellys book, with many poets helping along the way, has taken up that challenge with unflinching creativity. Want a spiritual adventure? Fly! Take the ride!

Oh, the ride! Fins spurred in shivers of hide.
Lifes dearness reined in the roll of the tide.

 

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Contents

About the Organization of These Pieces
3
About this Book
39
About the Author
89
About The Abouts
131
ABOUT APOKSTROPHES
177
EPILOGUE
217
POSTLUDE
243
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About the author (2011)

MICHAEL D. O’KELLY’S degreed pursuits of theater, Unitarian Universalist ministry( Emeritus ) and psychology are all still “bit-parts” de?ning his “retirement.” The pursuit of writing does the directing now. “Poet” persists as the de?ning title. His 2010 publication – Glistenings: Till Death Do Us Part – is a poetry/song memorial to Marilyn, his wife of forty-nine years: a true love story past the ends of death and dying. Glistenings became a “prelude” to ALTARPIECES. Planned for the coming year are the follow-up book(s) to ALTARPIECES and a children’s story. He has three children, three grandchildren, and lives on a hill in West Virginia.

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