PAUL CYRUS BRAY Paul Cyrus Bray, a poet whom the novelist Paul Auster called "an absolute original, a demon of brilliant erudition and pitch-perfect music" passed away on November 18, 2011 of natural causes at his home in Santa Fe. He was 60. Bray was born in Washington, D.C. on August 1, 1951 to Wayne David Bray and Johanna Moeller, who preceded him in death. He is survived by a brother, David Adrian Bray; a cousin, David Barton Bray of Miami, FL; and his ex-wife, Satori Murata of Santa Fe. Paul Bray graduated from Bard College and holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York where he studied with Angus Fletcher and the late Allen Mandelbaum. He is the author of "Ingens Sylva" (Chroma Press) and "Things Past and Things to Come." A lively presence on the New York art scene of the '70s and '80s, Bray collaborated on the film "Unmade Beds," and was the lyricist and lead vocal for the band Brains in Heaven. In 2008, he published his collected poems as "Terrible Woods: Poems 1965-2008" (Dos Madres Press). This volume was received with high praise by Harold Bloom, who called Paul Bray "a vital and vitalizing Gnostic". Paul Auster said that he produced "a poetry that simultaneously signs and tells and never fails to astonish". Victoria Nelson called him "visionary" while Angus Fletcher said that his poems "shock the reader into recognizing the life-force at work in language, as if not known before". He will be greatly missed for his wit, charm, and penetrating artistry by family, friends, and his readers. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Nov. 27, 2011