The heroine from the film 'Zazie dans le Metro'
Appealed to me because she showed irreverence
Against the authorities- an activity I cultivate.
Coined in the days of the Absurdist Theatre,
The era of my studies, to later climax
Into the 1968 French revolution.
With the cheek of a non-urban youth
She embarks on a visit to Paris
Embarrassing her uncle who,
Though eccentric, found her
Hard to restrain.
Zazie performed aerobic jumps
Over the metro barriers,
Her cussing shocked
His friends’ gang.
Travel Man and IT Crowd’s Actor,
Ayoade, confessed this film
Changed his life.
It did mine too.
I am a French-born Australian linguist who loves writing about multicultural experiences. Taught English in Zambia and Papua New Guinea, gained a Doctorate with UPNG. In Western Australia I worked with migrants and Indigenous communities in Kalgoorlie and Roebourne. In charge of Amnesty International WA, then moved to Adelaide. Short-listed by The Human Rights Commission for the Literature NF Award for the anthology I edited with the Multicultural Writers Association of Australia, I later published my memoir. Volunteered with the Writers Centre, became active with PEN.
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