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prompt 161 Recursion – A remembrance of things past

June 11, 2013

“Every person is destroyed when we cease to see him; after which his next appearance is a new creation, different from that which immediately preceded it, if not from them all.”
― Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I – Swann’s Way & Within a Budding Grove

The quote relates to the last prompt — the self in metamorphosis. We’re going to reassess that this week. How many incarnations does the self go through? We were harping on the butterfly motif. That’s not baloney. But what is the true nature of your protagonist? Does that change? Is self really a fruition of different layers of scent notes? Or think about repetition. Vladmir Nabokov’s books played out the Lolita muse over and over. Why the repetition of theme? Is the repetition a return to the same chords as happens in a piece of music? Nabokov made no apologies about it. In fact, he said, “Artistic originality has only itself to copy.” If you copy yourself then you are the true original. For instance, no one obsesses about murder like Hitchcock does throughout his movies. He is an original. This week, the protagonist returns to his/her earliest memories. Are these memories the site where primal self is located? Psychologists would have you know that self can only be affirmed in relationship to others. Do first relationships embed the source of a self in creation? The poem you are about to write shall be inspired by a seminal relationship of your protagonist.

You’ve made real progress. This is the eighth poem in the series you are working on. If you’re not writing a series, you may write to this prompt as if it’s a stand alone prompt. The choice is yours.
Please link your poem to this post once it’s written. You have all week to write. Next Thursday, we’ll see you for a new prompt. If you are writing a series, then the idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on. There are two more instalments to round off the story of your protagonist.

  1. June 12, 2013 3:55 pm

    I was hoping you would do something like this. There are some holes in my narrative that need filling in. Looking forward to reading everyone’s stories!

  2. June 13, 2013 9:43 am

    I wanted to tie-up a few ends so I used this prompt for that purpose.

    • June 14, 2013 5:10 am

      Not sure how to fix or why my time stamp is off, but it is 8:08am for me on June 14th.

  3. June 14, 2013 10:21 am

    My story’s “recursion” episode is at my blog

  4. June 14, 2013 11:50 am

    Holy sh*t, this is perfect. My protagonist just landed near her childhood home after leaving the alternate reality she just came from. I’ll have fun with this one.


  5. June 14, 2013 11:39 pm

    I’m up to Poseidon 9 –

  6. June 15, 2013 5:07 pm

    My instalment can be found


  7. June 17, 2013 12:01 pm

    This is becoming more difficult to write. Now, Marlene is back out on the street. I will be around later to read everyone.


    • June 18, 2013 7:26 pm

      I am late, but I am on my way to read everyone’s installment.

      • June 19, 2013 10:49 am

        you have created a dark place that the reader can feel. I like the gradual way you bring this about. will be looking forward to more.

  8. June 20, 2013 3:33 pm

    Marion and Murphy’s dark past may be found at:…-b-u-before-us/

  9. June 20, 2013 3:35 pm

    Mine is still not linking. go to
    Search A Peek

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