War-Wise and Other Poems

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iUniverse, May 7, 2009 - Poetry - 164 pages
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Written with language that works in harmony with the rhythm of the poems, seasoned poet David J. Murray offers his third collection of work in War-Wise and Other Poems.

Presented in two parts, the first set, War-Wise, contains thirty-five poems reflecting Murrays memories of life in Manchester, England, during World War IIa war that began when he was two years old. Emitting clear and powerful imagery, some of the titles are straightforward narrative. Others are more reflective and address the effect the Holocaust had on his eight-year-old mind.

In Ghosts, Murray combines the innocence of childhood with the violence of war.

In Sunday School, we sometimes drew Pictures whose innocence shone through The spattered lines of gunshot fire That dotted and dashed each page entire Until, on the page, a Messerschmidt Was finally and firmly hit And fell in flames into the blue Of our crayond sea; we drew no crew.

The second collection, One Hundred Mood Studies, contains a set of short, stand-alone, rhymed sonnets, each expressing a modern-day emotional conflict. Exercises in the craft of formal writing, these poems provide an outlet for everyday shifts in emotions.


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David J. Murray retired in 1995 as emeritus professor of psychology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His first book of poetry, Confusion Matrix and Other Poems (2007), was selected by iUniverse as a Publisher’s Choice. Surface Tension and Other Poems (2008), received the iUniverse Editor’s Choice designation.

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