Gunaratne uses language to deconstruct the Estate. It also serves as the ground on which these relationships have been built. It is words and the character’s belief in them that propels each forward, and it is the language of the community both old and new that separates it from the surrounding London metropolis. In “In Our Mad and Furious City” language gives hope even while the city attempts to tear itself apart.
Vzszhhzz by Jeanne Graff is made up of stories linked by language from characters who are not speaking in their native tongue.
All we have are the memories of our soon-forgotten selves. Dirtied and bent over, hopefully we will have left something worthwhile. Goodnight Sweetheart by Anil Mistry is worth your while.
In concept it all seems like just a bit of fun, and it is certainly that. After all, it’s just photos of discarded mattresses.
Often people deal with existence through studying it in various forms. Maybe that’s what Finnegan is up to, or maybe he just does it because it’s there.
We suggest you pick up a copy of Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station, and project your own “desperate belief in the possibility of poetic experience”