Supercontemplations: Experiments in Abstraction

John O'Loughlin, John J O'Loughlin

Supercontemplations: Experiments in Abstraction
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Supercontemplations: Experiments in Abstraction

John O'Loughlin, John J O'Loughlin

Unlike John O'Loughlin’s first collection of non-readerly abstract poems and/or poetic word art, simply called ‘Contemplations’ (1985), which was uniformly lower-case in its monosyllabic structures, this later project, which dates from 1993 and has been entitled ‘Supercontemplations’, is comprised of mixed-case monosyllabic structures that are also intended, albeit on a more flexible and arguably imaginative basis, to facilitate a contemplative frame-of-mind at the expense of readerly norms, thereby transcending the intellect in what could be regarded as a mode of literary salvation akin to the effect of certain forms of abstract art or, better, biomorphic sculpture upon a receptive consciousness.

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