AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Sunday, June 27, 2010

If you really want to hear...

Carry on Tuesday #59 ~ This week our prompt is from the first line of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 1951:
If you really want to hear about it...

Opening thoughts...
(From my response to Carry on Tuesday #19 when I poetically reviewed The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - A book that carries on the spirit of Holden Caulfield, narrator of Catcher in the Rye...Notably, Chbosky's storyline refers to Catcher by name!)

There are those who dwell on
The fringes of life
Gently rocking
The sexual and mental cradle of identity ~
Painting the usual questions
(And answers) in
Luminous watercolours

The birth of fringe dwellers
Teenage flotsam and jetsam
Blessed with filmy second sight
No one understands
(Least of all themselves)

Free ignorance
Urban know-how

Their rite of passage is
Their right of passage

They explore their inner worlds
Catching their curious perks in
A sieve of understanding
Filtering select connections with the world
Partially adapting to civilised recipes
There are those who dwell on
The fringes of life
If you really want to hear
Look inside
And learn
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D.Salinger (1951) = 16 year old narrator
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (1999) = a series of letters by a 15 year old narrator to an unknown recipient
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon (2003) = narration by an autistic 15 year old seeking sense of the world

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Hildegarde said...

Hi Gemma, I came for the skywatch, but then I saw the weekend nature (neon feathers : zo cool with the green grass) and so much more :-)
Hildegarde ( )

Anonymous said...

Really interesting take on the prompt. And what a great book 'Dog in the Night Time' is!

Melissa Russell said...

This was really good. Enjoyed your photos too>

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gemma -- Of course I read "Catcher..." about a million years ago and then again when my kids did (only about a thousand years ago).... but you know it is never to be forgotten. I read "dog in the nighttime" recently but only on reading your post did I think of the similarities and no wonder I loved that book so much too! Now I am eager to read the third one that you mention here. I enjoyed your musings very much as well.



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