Recurrent dreams

Recurrence -- coming again to a place already seen -- takes on a powerful and unexpected significance in Michael Joyce's afternoon, a story.

afternoon begins with a narrator, trying to remember (but not, it seems, trying hard):

I try to recall winter.
«As if it were yesterday?», she says, but I do not signify one way or another.

-- Michael Joyce, afternoon, a story, Eastgate Systems, 1990

Later in the reading we may return to this moment; since we will then know the characters and what they remember, the meaning of the moment will be fresh although the words are unchanged.

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