Confusion Matrix and Other Poems

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iUniverse.com, 2007 - Poetry - 176 pages
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David J. Murray's Confusion Matrix and Other Poems is a collection of poetry that weaves together many different components of life using the thread of our most unavoidable emotion-confusion. Language and content combine beautifully as Murray seamlessly blends concrete detail into abstraction. This mellifluous marriage of the tangible and the universal shows that confusion is an emotion as valuable to the human experience as fear or grief or even love. We move smoothly from one aspect of life to another, from one poem to the next, carried along by the familiar and inevitable undercurrent of confusion.The title work, "Confusion Matrix", takes us on a winding, existential path through the confusion created by man's examination of nature, love and life itself. This epic saga is followed by ten sets of poems, each with a specific theme, including art, music and even madness. Whether about a change in seasons or an unthinkable tragedy, Murray's extraordinary poems speak to the questions we all ask ourselves during the most quiet and thoughtful moments in life.

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Contents

Confusion Matrix
1
Derivation
66
Sublimation
67
Reconciliation
68
Decoration
69
On hearing Bach played on a great organ
70
On seeing the score of the last song of Schuberts Winterreise
71
On hearing Richard Bradshaws Ring Cycle
72
In memoriam S George Laverty MD
76
On the fear of going mad
77
Paranoia
78
Hospital
79
Madmen then
80
VI
83
Child asleep
111
VI
112

DieWalkiire
73
Siegfried
74
Gottcrdammerung
75
VIII
139
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