Thursday, August 18, 2011

On the recent 'writing'

Have you read this poem by Amit Chaudhuri recently blogged by Space Bar? If you haven't, you really should.

Since I want it for my own archives, I'm posting the poem under the jump.
The Writers
On constantly mishearing 'rioting' as 'writing' on the BBC

There has been writing for 10 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 13.
They stand edgily on street corners, hardly
looking at each other. Longstanding neglect
and an absence of both authority and employment
have led to what are now 10 nights of writing.

                                        - Amit Chaudhuri

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