Dear readers, listeners, &/or viewers, (between approximately Thursday, June 4th & Monday, September 14th, 2020)

*BERNARDS, NJ; BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2020*

Dear readers, listeners, &/or viewers,

As the brewer of this literary diary

that I present to society

I figured a brief introduction would serve the function  

of explaining the thinking behind this production,

its pieces of theoretical yet malleable meaning

verbally sketching how this or that was seeming

in between my contemplating & daydreaming

imagined shining diamond amulets of rhyme

(inspired after over a decade of Bob Dylan

on my mind, nearly all the time,

took the monotony out of many a car ride

between urban suburbs and my home on the edge of countryside)

seeking to make some verbal music

with some layers of the essayistic kind

(significantly shaped by my studies of Philip Lopate’s glorious pages)

in that it’s attempting to find

the assumptions & open those window blinds,

refine, redefine, revise, clarify the content in the computer files of my mind

& combine-via entwining also with layers of unconfined fictions

(a la Dostoevsky& Musil

but made more freshly

as one might expect of a devoted pupil)

hybrids in spirit modeled off of Philip Schultz’s “novel in verse”—The Wherewithal—

as its presentation stirs my nerves in a way I prefer

such that my verbalized thoughts can create without restrain

(the irony that a tiny dash of confinement

makes for a most logical yet creative environment)

a work of raw verbal art

one can frame upon a page, upon a wall,  

narrated somehow in a most favorable way,

short enough as to prevent an overwhelming tax on your busy day

but long enough to let the mind critically think yet dance & sing

and play make believe

adding to the potential of what the human imagination can conceive

& with that I shall take my leave

Should you wish to further watch, listen, or read my literature

A figurative representation of my signature…

Author: Poetry by Sean O'Connor

Hi, I'm Sean. I’m a poet. My favorite poet, my literary role model, is Bob Dylan. Other poets I love include John Lennon, Lord Byron, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Claude McKay, and A.E. Stallings. Sometimes I like to write with a touch of the prosaic in my verses and to that end, the prose writers who most inspire me include Thomas Mann, Phillip Lopate (my favorite essayist), David Foster Wallace, Milan Kundera, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robert Musil, Susan Sontag, Leslie Jamison, Michel de Montaigne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, My themes tend towards the philosophical and psychological, exploring the idea of what it might mean and be like to live an ever improving life. I’m currently pursuing my MFA in Creative & Professional Writing at William Paterson University, where I also received my BA in Liberal Studies (with concentrations in Political Science & History). I also work as a writing tutor for Raritan Valley Community College. Aside from my writing, I’m vehemently political, fascinated with human sexuality, open about my polyamory and…I love dogs. My wife and I adopted a Siberian mix from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in October of 2019.

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