Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Class, If You Will Turn To Page 206 In Your Anthology Of Early 21st Century Canadian Literature, We Will Now Consider The First Stanza Of This Piece, Entitled Photograph, Published In The Summer Of 2005 By Popular Populist Poet Chad Kroeger

Look at this photograph
Every time I do it makes me laugh
How did our eyes get so red?
And what the hell is on Joey's head?

Indeed what the "hell" is on Joey's head? Why is it there? How did it get there? Is it the cause of the speaker's red eyes? Is he laughing out of glee? Shame? Or perhaps spite? And why has the writer chosen to speak so specifically of a picture no one but he can see?

Ultimately what the reader is forced to ask himself or herself is this: Who is Joey? Why has the writer chosen to bestow such significance upon him? And is it suggested here that there's a little Joey inside each of us?

For homework, please consider all of these questions in relation to the time of Photograph's publication - making sure to consider the greater paranoia wrought by international terrorism, his native country's never-ending search for identity, the slow erosion of small communities in an increasingly urban global village and the ubiquitous of digital photographic technology?

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