Music and Madness

There is a close intersection between the arts and the mind, between creativity and madness. The following poem fuses the world of the musician with that of the psychiatrically disturbed. Draw your own conclusions.




Where thalamic clavichords have

Keys uncountable, only spidery hands

Can finger major, minor – a third


From joy to blue, a fifth from rose

to sky. A single hydrogen may

hold the right key down, a methyl –


turn the night sky green. Once,

ham-fisted phenothiazines slammed

out cacophonies like diskinetic


drunks at a karaoke bar, thick fingers

beating joy with pain. Now

nanobot Perahias slip blood/brain


fences unescorted, pump serotonin

yo-yos between synaptic paddles

until a side-man flips a switch,


sends voltages to keyboards and mixers

down the line. Pure frequencies.

For the music, details we needn’t know.


David T. Manning

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10 Responses to Music and Madness

  1. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge,  The Artist is not what the art work is about.  It is the painting, poetry, music, or whatever media that stands to inspire others.  As this post is about music.  I met Robert Marcello from the band Danger Danger a week or so ago.  We had some drinks and good great conversation about the old days and days to come.  Here is a clip that I hope you enjoy. 

    I am sending something else post haste.  As ever be well.  Stephen Craig Rowe

  2. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge, and this my friend is a master piece.  Enjoy!

    As ever be well, Stephen Craig Rowe

  3. Holy says:

    Wow, what an amazing poet.  I\’m now going to read more of his stuff.  I know absolutely nothing about contemporary poetry.So you know, as I sat reading this silently, my son was playing Lady Madonna on his cello while blabbering to me about the history of the cello and the great composers whom cellists owe much to.. I\’m like oh yeah, who? (spoken like a true redneck Albertan).  And he said, well, (and he commences to read and so I shall quote verbatim): "like Joe Hon Sebastian Botch, Lude wig von Bate Hoven, and Peter Illy Itch Take caka Voesky.  Which goes to show how sometimes music can fuse with the phonetically disturbed…or phonetics can disturb the musically-fused.  Or something like that.Have a fab weekend!

  4. LORI says:

    Hello Jorge,
    It\’s nice to meet you and thank you for the visit.
    I guess I prefer poems that are a bit more simple… where I don\’t have to pull the dictionary out to understand it.
    That probably sounds really pathetic too.
    Oh well.
    Have a great weekend, and I\’ll see you around.

  5. Vonnie says:

    Very cool poem, Jorge! Playful and clever… it was like riding a magic carpet! I loved it; thank you for sharing. 😉 Your previous entry was also very moving… indeed. No, the feeling has not melted. I have a brother who suffers from brittle diabetes (I can\’t remember if it\’s 1 or 2, but it\’s the bad one… lots of needles, etc). I wish we could find a cure for so many diseases out there, and I am hopeful that eventually we will. I hope your weekend is spilling over with goodness, sweet friend! Take good care of you. (((hugs))). Yvonne. (And glad you enjoyed the campout… glad I could make you smile!) =D

  6. Gelert says:

    Young friend of mine did a paper on the link between creativity and madness, taking the case of many famous people, but also looking at the creative personality. I think that there is a link too, but I love creative minds, and creative people.  I\’ve been laid up for three days and just on my feet again, so hi Jorge.

  7. Charlotte says:

    That is absolutely colorfully written!!!  Amazing….  you come up with the best.. thanks.. hugs, lottiemae

  8. Cheryl says:

    It was very good…got through my blood brain barrier real quick…

  9. no esta disponible says:

    hi, i just want to tell u have a great spring !!

  10. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
    You always give us words for thought.  I\’m still thinking!

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