Sunday, November 05, 2006

Hooks and Eyes

I've been just been reading Joyce Carol Oates' article on Margaret Atwood ('Margaret Atwood's Tale') in The New York Review (Nov 2, 2006). It's a very interesting article, not least because I really enjoy the writing of both women. However I though I'd quote here the very powerful lines from Atwood's Power Politics that are included in Oates' article:

you fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

This is a piece of poetry that I heard a few years ago and I found it so vivid and powerful that it has stuck with me ever since. It's a very disturbing image but one that shows Atwood's formidable skill with language.

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