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Insomniac [Oct. 11th, 2007|10:32 am]
Tony Grist

I lay awake last night trying to remember the texts of poems I wrote 15 years ago and of which no known copies survive. 

Not an activity I'd recommend.

Not at all restful. Not at all a good way of getting to sleep.

Certain lines remain. You'd think I'd be able to reconstruct the surrounding text from these markers but I can't. Even where I know the general sense the actual words elude me. In some particularly frustrating instances I know the grammar and rythmn of a line but one or two key words have fallen out. Come on, I wrote the originals; surely my mind stll runs in the same grooves, this ought to be child's play. But it doesn't and it isn't.

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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2007-10-11 11:11 am (UTC)
Your fallacy is that your mind doesn't run in the same grooves--at least, I hope not!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-11 11:59 am (UTC)
Yes.

The guy who wrote those poems isn't "me" at all.
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