SEC­OND PER­SON

Geist - - Findings -

From Leav­ing Mile End by Jon Paul Fiorentino. Pub­lished by Anvil Press in 2017. Fiorentino is the au­thor of ten books, in­clud­ing I’m Not Scared of You or Any­thing, which was short­listed for the Relit Award for Short Fic­tion and Hugh Maclen­nan Prize for Fic­tion. He lives in Mon­treal. You think you will write in the sec­ond per­son so you open a new file and type hail­ing the reader and your­self at the same time

You think that the sec­ond per­son will be at once a sub­li­mated first per­son while al­low­ing you to em­ploy the rhetor­i­cal ef­fect of the im­per­a­tive mood You think it will give the reader a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to un­der­stand mo­ti­va­tion and agency in­te­ri­or­ity and ex­te­ri­or­ity self and other

You think that the reader by virtue of be­ing ad­dressed will be taken aback and dis­armed by the clev­er­ness of this ap­proach

You are wrong

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