Sunday, 23 April 2000

From "Off the Grid: Lyric and Politics in Andrea Brady's Embrace"

by John Wilkinson.

[...] if the first person plural were always as fundamentally illigitimate as "Montani Semper Liberti" would imply, then could the deictics that seduce the reader into Brady's traps function any more collectively than to tap out an assurance that there is life in the next prison cell? But Brady will not allow the reader what has become a conventional exit route; for "we" is too often permissible when it is raised as "them" -- they who know no better on account of the collectivity which claims them.

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