Friday, July 15, 2016

Latah

I copy everyone's movements,
which is difficult in a crowd;
I become a flailing puppet.
A cafe is a better venue;
there only my hands and mouth
are always moving.
I mirror others because I have no
idea who I am or how to be.

You wave in my direction,
I wave back. 

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1 Comments:

At July 15, 2016 at 4:48 PM , Blogger John Tischer said...

William S. Burroughs mentions Latah several times in his 1959 novel Naked Lunch, "a parody of modern mass man under modern conditioning programmes of advertising and public[ly] induced morality", according to Eric Mottram.[5] Burroughs described Latah as involving echopraxia, as well as being forcibly induced rather than spontaneously occurring.

 

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