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Particular, 23 Aug. 2011
Peter Vealey's latest book of verse, entitled Particular, shines a psycho-sociological torch on the vacuities, follies and down-right dangerous thinking of our age. If you feel a profound sense of unease about the direction the world is heading, Peter offers words that will open your eyes still further to the struggle which must needs ensue, both within ourselves and in the external relations we maintain, if we are to create a saner, more humane society.
Reading through this eclectic collection, one quickly realises that Peter's most deadly criticism of our modern age (one refrains from using the epithet "civilisation") is that, apart from its man-made crises and catastrophes, it is not humanly interesting. In the end, such a society can produce only a mass human being: incapable of choice; at best patient, docile, disciplined to monotonous work to an almost pathetic degree; conditioned to behave and think by the mass-cultural propagandists of the advertising agencies.
Peter does not fully provide answers to the problems he sees, but the fact that he sees them at all and asks us to do the same, provides something of an antidote to the repressive thinking that sustains the established order.