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Mary Morstan Female, 54, New Zealand (9/27/2013 2:27:00 PM)

The Writers

On constantly mishearing 'rioting' as 'writing' on the BBC


There has been writing for ten days now
unabated. People are anxious, fed up.
There is writing in Paris, in disaffected suburbs,
but also in small towns, and old ones like Lyon.
The writers have been burning cars; they’ve thrown
homemade Molotov cocktails at policemen.
Contrary to initial reports, the writers
belong to several communities: Algerian
and Caribbean, certainly, but also Romanian,
Polish, and even French. Some are incredibly
young: the youngest is thirteen.
They stand edgily on street-corners, hardly
looking at each other. Long-standing neglect
and an absence of both authority and employment
have led to what are now ten nights of writing.

Amit Chaudhuri

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  • Lamont Palmer (9/29/2013 9:00:00 AM) Post reply

    Although parts of this reads like a FB post, I like the dark twist in it, the speaker coping with upheaval. -LP

  • delilah contrapunctal (9/29/2013 7:29:00 AM) Post reply

    I enjoyed this...have gone on to read more of him....thanks, d.

  • S. A. S. (9/28/2013 7:52:00 PM) Post reply

    Thanks for posting. I enjoyed reading this poem.

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