poetr y "Walt Whitman, influenced by Elias Hicks's doctrine of the Inner Light, George Looney believed the profane world was the only aspect of the sacred world that was knowable: our only hope for understanding the sacred was in the full experience of this world we know with our inadequate senses. `You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life,' he tells us in `Song of Myself.' "These four poems are part of a manuscript written after the loss of my second parent. A little more than a year ago my father, after a rapid decline into dementia, died, and I found myself filled with thoughts of that other realm Whitman believed we could only know through fully knowing this world. The poems attempt to get at the nature of the spiritual realm, to allow for a momentary experience of it that might imbue this world with solace for the grief that accompanies us here." George Looney's most recent book is Open Between Us (Turning Point, 2010). His A Short Bestiary of Love and Madness is due from Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2011. His work has been
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Apr 22, 2011
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