Sunday, March 13, 2011

At What Point

does a self-portrait fully portray the self?  When I supplement pen with keyboard?  Keyboard with video camera?  Video camera with POV shot?  Video camera with POV shot with audio track?  Audio track with scratch-n-sniff?  Scratch-n-sniff with memory card?  Memory card with abstractions?  Abstractions with stories?  Stories with others' versions?   Others' version with my version?  My version with my versions?  My versions with faulty logic?  Faulty logic with calendar truths?  Calendar truths with narrative truths?  Narrative truths with a photo album?  A photo album with pictures missing?  Missing pictures with reasons why?  Reasons why with defense mechanisms?  Defense mechanisms with sober discoveries?  Sober discoveries with wishful thinking?  Wishful thinking with denouement?  Denouement with the messy beginning of something else?  The messy beginning of something else with how I felt yesterday about it?  How I felt yesterday about it with how I'll feel tomorrow?  How I'll feel tomorrow with yesterday's lies?  Yesterday lies with explanations?  Explanations with illogic?  Illogic with line drawings?  Line drawing with colors added?  Added colors with smudges?  Smudges with clarity?  Clarity with soft-focus?  Soft-focus with bone?  Bone with flesh?  Flesh with odors?  Odors with memories?  Memories with stories?  Stories with their revisions?  Revisions with revisions?  Revisions with revisions with alternates?  Alternates with revisions?  Revisions with myth?  Myth with what-really-happened?  What-really-happened with the larger sense the writer is able to make of what happened (V. Gornick)?  The larger sense the writer is able to make of what happened with music?  Music with silence?  Silence with gravity?  Gravity with lightlessness? Lightlessness with the sad weight of the body?  The sad weight of the body with puberty?  Puberty with young adulthood?  Yong adulthood with adulthood?  Adulthood with declining years?  Declining years with nostalgia for the past?  Nostalgia for the past with skepticism?  Skepticism with homesickness?  Homesickness with objective distance?  Objective distance with subjective desires?  Subjective desires with one's place in the world?  One's place in the world with the end of one's arm?  The end of one's arm with the cosmos?  The cosmos with the basement?  The basement with the bedroom?  The bedroom with your parents' bedroom?  Your parents' bedroom with reckoning?  Reckoning with unknowns?  Unknowns with knowns?  Knowns with unknowns?  Unknowns with dreams?  Dreams with waking up?  Waking up with leaving the house?  Leaving the house with rarely leaving?  Rarely leaving with melancholy?  Melancholy with joy?  Joy with tragedy?  Tragedy with humor?  Humor with heartbreak?  Heartbreak with growing up?  Growing up with dying?  Dying with procreating?  Procreating with ambivalence?  Ambivalence with certainty?  Certainty with doubt?  Doubt with searching?  Searching with discovering?  Discovering with loss?  Loss with accumulations?  Accumulations with knowledge?  Knowledge with depth?  Depth with shallow needs?  Shallow needs with frustration?  Frustration with finding?  Finding with losing?  Losing with gaining?  Gaining with loss?  Loss with having?  Having with disappointment?  Disappointment with wisdom?  Wisdom with aging?  Aging with bygones?  Bygones with tomorrow?  Tomorrow with last week?  Last week with her?  Her with him?  Him with me?  Me with myself?  Myself with my selves?  My selves with history?  History with your history?  Your history with her history?  Her history with my history?  My history with someone I've never met?  Someone I've never met with fiction?  Fiction with nonfiction?  Nonfiction with autobiography?  Autobiography with one side?  One side with two sides?  Two sides with three sides?  Three sides with infinity?  Infinity with madness?  Madness with reason?  Reason with failure?  Failure with trying?  Trying with pen?  Pen with keyboard?  Keyboard with video camera?  Video camera with POV shot?  Video camera with POV shot with audio track?  Audio track with scratch-n-sniff?  Scratch-n-sniff with memory card?  Memory card with abstractions?  Abstractions with stories?  Stories with

2 comments:

Jan Timmons said...

Remarkable—almost a string of prompts. I like "Denouement with the messy beginning of something else?", with scratch 'n' sniff as an aside. Intriguing list.

graham said...

Wow!

Procreating with ambivalence?

Wow!

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