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Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

Blue light haloes me in the cocooning dark

A moth to the screen

Hair aflutter, legs gooseflesh

As a whir scours the void from the corner, steel teeth whispering,

Spewing cool breezes, white noise against a feverish torrent

 Coursing through fingers beating furious insect tentacles on lit keys

Pounding words in the obsidian space

Before time rises navy blues beyond skylights

Dawn awes, vibrating

A stream of consciousness

A deep inhale… exhale

Vivid ribbons of color deepen

 Thoughts pinnacle

Turbulent words




Ebb with daybreak

 A streamflow

A trickle

I’m done…

~ E. Denise Billups

Stream of consciousness is a writing technique used to emulate the natural flow of thought that a person(character) has through narration, sometimes disorganized in nature making the writing seem fragmented. Stream of consciousness was employed by many of the earlier writers and current writers. A few well-known are:

James Joyce – Ulysses (1922)

Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To The Lighthouse (1927)

William Faulkner – The Sound and the Fury (1929)

Dorothy Richardson – Pilgrimage (1915- 38)

Stephen King – Carrie 1973, The Shining, 1977

I have an old tattered copy of James Joyce’s Ulyssess on the bookshelf. Perhaps I’ll attempt to read it again.

Happy reading!


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