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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Dolphin Days

Tubby-nosed, a dolphin aims
a downward kick
and arcs a gift
to the air
because it can.

Needle-swift it slides beneath
Nosing through
Before it needs
Again receive
And breathe.

It exists as a sine wave
And this sign
I take as mine
As with
vicious emotion
I exist below to dance with air
And discover the ache at the tip of the climb.

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Life doesn't get much better than being an undergraduate at university: freedom from home, a fantastic social life, the opportunity to study in a subject one is passionate about. Nevertheless, as this poem articulates, there are stresses that oscillate starkly with the fun side of university life.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: dolphin, arc, pleasure, day

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