Shy by Sian Prior. Sylvia Plath's depiction of a mirror as ''not cruel, only truthful; the eye of a little god, four cornered" is haunting, as is so much of her verse. The mirror's role as an all-seeing, all-knowing truth teller is a recurring theme in literature: "Mirror, mirror on the wall - who is the fairest of them all?"
When Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir described the leadership of South Sudan as insects last week, a shiver went down my spine. It is unclear whether the Sudanese could be on the brink of war, but rewind to Rwanda in 1994.