What I Copied Out Last January

What will be happening fifty years from now that I cannot imagine? What will my great-great-grandchildren think of me when they walk in my house and read my books? When they try to piece together my life from my photographs and my legends?
                        — Ellen Gilchrist
                            Falling Through Space: The Journals of Ellen Gilchrist

I return to places where I used to be. I find my old personas. I try them on.
                                — Ellen Gilchrist, as above

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened . . .
                                — T.S. Eliot
                                     from “Four Quartets”

Memory is alive, not static. You can’t simply figure out your past and be done with it. Each new experience, each recovered memory, illuminates and alters the narrative you tell yourself about your past and who you are.
                                — Melanie Rae Thon

During the [almost two years] I worked on the novel [Iona Moon], I also wrote five thousand pages in my journals.
                                — Melanie Rae Thon

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