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21 July 2013

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Unique diction is only the half of it I think. I really enjoy the way Leonard lacerates the English language to such great effect.

Papua New Guinean writers who claim English as a second language really have a great advantage over writers in English speaking countries.

If we played around with the language like he does, we'd be lampooned for pretentiousness and, worse, accused of bad grammar. Not that some bad grammar doesn't make great literature.

I was trying to think of whom he reminded me of after reading this poem. Then it came to me.

James Joyce!

I'm liking this prose Leonard. It's well developed. That openning line is inspired and the story build up is palpable.

"So we sang their songs..." is a profound metaphor.

The tapestry of this story is fresh and alive, drawn from a normal day that ends in disaster.

"That 1992 October, that market day; we all dreamt to meet a sweet Rorovana girl / And gobble her cassava cake for love."

Excellent and unique diction, smooth alliteration and lusty imagery rolled into a simple statement straight from the heart. Classic LFR.

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