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My Secret Mirror
Hiding Madness From a Perception of Life
by Benjamin MacArthur

My Secret Mirror: Hiding Madness from a Perception of Life deals with abstract thoughts, cognitive emotions, and the philosophical idealisms to wonder while functioning in an unforgiving society. Sometimes the side effects of intelligence create an obscure brilliance that allows you to some things clearly, but you will never be free. Benjamin MacArthur’s poetry offers an alternative—and powerful—look at life and death and perhaps open your mind to explore possibilities. My Secret Mirror is a collection of poetry evocative of a lifetime of personal turmoil that was kept secret. The dark moods and linguistic twists capture four key themes: • Religion • Life after death • Love and war • Mental health Spanning thirty years, this is cathartic poetry. Moving between a lyrical and a stream-of-consciousness style, Benjamin MacArthur lays bare his thoughts and encourages you to come on the journey. Encapsulating the dark poetry of Geezer Butler, J.D Morrison, Poe and Milton. People may find the twists and nonstandard thoughts to be fascinating, People who explore their mental psyche may particularly find themselves reflected in these pages. Poetry is, after all, a therapeutic escape.

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Benjamin MacArthur, RSE (Red Seal Endorsement), Well educated in the trades and a licensed journeyman also erudite in musicology and philosophy branches. Benjamin has been writing poetry for more than forty years. His poetry first received recognition while he was in high school, being published at a young age. Three decades in the making, My Secret Mirror: Hiding Madness from a Perception of Life is Benjamin MacArthur’s first book. He plans to continue writing in the future, striving to show the importance of music to the human psyche, to bring poetry back into the mainstream of art and literature and to help readers acknowledge and confront the impact of mental health. Benjamin MacArthur lives in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.


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