Midnight Oil Author: In Burning the Midnight Oil, the extraordinary word-wrangler Phil Cousineau collected an eclectic and electrical collection of soulful poems and prose by great thinkers over the ages. Cousineau can calm any insomniac’s nerves, whether he seduces them with glorious poetry or consoles them with prayers from other restless souls. This refreshingly informative anthology soothes and inspires those who suffer in the dark of night, from St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs.
These “night reflections” vividly reflect Alfred North Whitehead’s liberating explanation of “what we do without isolation,” as well as Henry David Thoreau’s reverie, “Our Life in the Woods.” “When we are awake in our dreams, we are living our truest lives.”
These poetic musings sing of the approaching darkness, rejoice in Dreamtime, express the ache of melancholy, conspire against insomnia, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on passion, and languorously welcome the first rays of dawn. Rabindranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Manley Hopkins, Jorge Borges, and William Blake are all popular night owls.