I also loved the Norman MacCaig poetry and would like to read more.
On the other topic of alienation, I'm an American, but can relate.
Perhaps some one on the list can direct me to a book which deals
with the problems experienced by individuals of multi-ethnic/cultural
I am the result of mixed several cultures/ethnic marriages
which are still fighting with one another. Humans, or at least myself,
tend to want to make everyone okay, which is psychologically healthy.
If you can't do that, then you tend to split: make one group good and
identify with them and one bad and reject them. This is more workable
but highly polarized and artificial. Seems to work for some but in
the same way that half a chocolate cake is less than a whole one, one
is reduced by rejecting a portion of one's heritage, which is part of
oneself. A third way of coping is to try to retain them all in your
consciousness, but then you tend to act a little crazy at times when
you overidentify with one side or the other and then reverse yourself.
Inside you feel pain and craziness.
Given the degree to which the Celtic nations and the English have
warred and intermarried, some must experience this. If so have you found
a way to heal or integrate yourself and your heritages into a grand
chorus of harps? Especially if you are Irish and Scots-Irish, Irish-
Protestant and Irish-Catholic, or Scots and English???
What brought this to my mind today was a newsbroadcast of a Bosnian
girl of both Serb and Croat descent. She had taken the heroic stance
of refusing to choose sides and so was suffering the agony of
all. Reminded me of how I feel about the Troubles in N. Ireland.
Alienation sounds attractive to me -- how do I achieve it??? :))
Anyone interested in discussing this privately can reach me at
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who's Scots, Welsh, English, Irish and Scots-Irish but Republican
(as in Irish, in American I'm to the left of Democrat)