Why I changed my domain name again (from seanoconnorpoetry.com to seanoconnorprosimetrums.com and back to seanoconnorpoetry.com) (fear,….–updated 11/17/20)

I change my mind so much when it comes to aesthetics that I am something between pedantic and suffering from a yet to be named psychological disorder (or so I sometimes fear!) mainly because I am always trying to reconcile a great paradox, which is settling on a vision such that one can commit to it while at the same time possessing an openness and flexibility such that one can change and experiment a great deal. A sort of polyamorous style of creativity, if you will. Wanting both order and the freedom to hammer away some of the order sometimes as to mold a more reasonable order.

Some of my critics think it is a matter of ADHD. But I don’t think so. I think I just aim to think SO HOLISTICALLY that I get tripped up as I go about trying to integrate the smaller pieces of the “bigger picture.”

One thing that has become very clear to me: I love writing poetry! When it comes to prose, I believe I’m at my best with my prose when I’m explaining what I’m writing. For awhile, I wanted to annotate my poetry via footnotes, a la’ David Foster Wallace, so to speak, but the more I think about it, the more I must admit I find the footnotes to be a distraction, both as a reader, and as a writer.

So in this next phase of my writing, when I want to comment on aspects of a poem I write, I think I’ll just write a separate essay, short or longer depending on what I think will be necessary.

So, meantime, as I re-adjust my site and self-presentation I hope you will bear with me.

Author: Poetry by Sean O'Connor

Hi, I'm Sean. I’m a poet. My favorite poets, my literary role models, are Bob Dylan and John Lennon; I also draw heavily from the fiction of Thomas Mann, the non-fiction of Phillip Lopate, and the prose of David Foster Wallace. Other poets and writers I love include Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Claude McKay, and A.E. Stallings, 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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