03 June 2006

Joycean autobiographicizing

make a list of traits
that define your individuality

search for childhood incidents
where those traits
were first manifested

make a list of illusions
the world tried to foist upon you

search for incidents
where you escaped those illusions

list the people
who influenced you most
growing up

picture their defining gestures
and put them into words

and list their mannerisms of speech

explore recombinations of incidents
that condense clusters of these themes