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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


Elements

The sea swelling, seeming joins its mother sky
Welded by tone and distance.
The sky, detached, straddles the globe and cautions the sea
"What are you, sea,
That depends on me,
For your property of blue?"
As if to confirm this, the sky daily
Lashes and scatters the sea with its own substance.

At the point orbited by the bulk
The sun asks a similar question.
"I give to you both", it cries
"And no-one can argue with that."
As if to confirm this the sun, nightly,
Torches the sky before slipping away
To remind it of its own needs.

(Or does the earth turn its other cheek
To catch the stars who collectively cry to the sun
"You are one of us, one of many"?)

Standing aside, man, landlubber,
Watches their diurnal argument with amusement.
Then, confident in his own righteousness,
He stamps his foot in insolent protest.
"I am Lord of you all", he cries,
"Earth, sea, sun and skies!"
Then he dies.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: environment, day, night, earth

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