Few bands have hooked into the cultural life of a country as Midnight Oil has in Australia. Its members, including charismatic frontman Peter Garrett, are famously private and have never revealed their personal lives to the outside world – until now. Mark Dodshon tells the story of the remarkable career of Midnight Oil in a book about music, sensitivity, culture, relationships – and, above all, passion.
In Burning the Midnight Oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac’s unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night. These night thoughts vividly illustrate Alfred North Whitehead’s liberating description of what we do without solitude and also evoke Henry David Thoreau’s reverie, Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. The night writers in Cousineau’s vesperal collection range from saints, poets, and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and tells of ancient tales and shining passages from the most brilliant (albeit insomniac) writers of today. These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on love, and languorously greet the first rays of dawn. Notable night owls include Rabandranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Manley Hopkins, Jorge Borges and William Blake.
The book has been read, but is in excellent condition, like new. Pages are intact fresh and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Paperback.(large format know as trade paperback) Condition: Very Good++ Pages 408, with great colour photographs, the book has an index and note heavy due to the quality of the paper.