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Presque vu XVI

Toby Litt on How I Write.


American diplomatic staff in London have run up a debt of $3million in fines through the refusal by their embassy to accept congestion charges for the use of the city’s roads.


Denied pens and paper, Guantanamo prisoners scratched some of the poems in verses onto foam cups with pebbles. Other poems were translated into English by linguists with security clearances but no literary credentials.

2 Responses to “Presque vu XVI”

  1. Paul says:

    I know that many Americans do not share the views of their President on what it means to be American, or what their role in the world should be.
    Neither do they agree with him on Guantanamo Bay, the Middle East, the most appropriate way to tackle terrorism and the reality of Global Warming.
    I wish that they had a louder voice and that our media were more attuned to listening to them. Without them, and their counterparts in China, India, Pakistan and Russia, all our futures seem bleak.

    jb says: Hi Paul. Just the fact that they’re there multiplys and metamorphoses our possible futures.

  2. Lee says:

    ‘…however bad it’s going, at least my helicopters haven’t been called away to fight rebel insurgency in the south.’

    Now that’s a line worth stealing. I think I’ll paste it above my desk.

    jb says: Toby Litt, yes, the line jumped out at me, too.