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In Reflections 2, RC Clermont explores further themes visited in Reflections – the first anthology-such as family dysfunction economic malaise, the gross inequalities of the neo-liberal model and the post-Thatcher economic legacy in Britain which still exist today (Economics II). The vulgar materialism of suburban England (Moonscape II) and consumption are exposed for the worthlessness they are (Wasteland II).
New themes explored include the destructive economic, geopolitical and social climate of modern America (Atlantic).
Jerusalem critiques the darker side of Englishness, xenophobia and the sense of ‘entitlement’ to possess one’s own little piece of England.
Commuting reflects on topics that anyone who has ever commuted into a city to work, and wondered whether their way of life is worthwhile.
Tangibility sees culture, art, literature and learning as a signs of a civilised, enlightened society, increasingly under threat from the forces of consumerism, global capitalism and religion.
Society II comments on the social vanity of the London rich. The Sporting Life II explores themes of bigotry and misguided assertions about sporting prowess. Once again, in Home and Abroad II, embarrassing Britons are targeted. The vanity and the lifestyles of the rich are re-visited in Images II.
Proverbs II explores attitudes to success.
RC Clermont uses the English haiku 5-7-5 format and the intention is say what is needed in as few words as possible.
Copyright 2013 © RC Clermont. This edition published in 2015.