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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

He Saw a See Saw

Tough as a ball in the joints of a juggler
the heave high thrills me
as I watch the diameter narrow to a close down
of iron and ground
till it seems as if the limit must never happen
and I will leave weightless to an arc of air
jump and bump then
with delicate poised balance
the return eases round
pulling the ground
closer and larger
legs sprung to accept
and kick back again.

Walking past today
I can see both ends of receipt and return
and will the white-knuckled hands
to let go at the top while they have the chance.
Deny the democracy of weight.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: balance, fun, see saw, fly

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