After Paris

Anthony Wilson

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I found two blog posts especially moving in the aftermath of last week’s attacks in Paris, both by the same writer. Josephine Corcoran’s ‘What the ‘Je Suis’ hashtag means to Me‘ and ‘Writing poems rather than Facebook posts’ seemed to me to come from a place of deep personal sorrow, frustration and anger whose personal vulnerability made them a privilege to read.

Josephine’s posts reminded me of two very different texts, both of which I have written about here some time ago. The first is James Tate’s hilarious poem of desolation ‘I am a Finn‘. There is nothing very complicated about this association. In its haphazard way my mind went straight to it as a playful exemplar of what can be said about the need to identify with a social or national grouping that is larger than ourselves: ‘When I stop by the Classé Café for…

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