What is Finnegans Wake? An Incompletion in Alphabetical Order Philip Harvey This Incompletion is given with thanks to fellow members of the Finnegans Wake Reading Group in Melbourne. Many of the definitions derive from our discussions over the years, both in the room and on zoom. The quotes are from page 93 of ‘Finnegans Wake’, by James Joyce, with an introduction by Seamus Deane (Penguin, 1992). 1. AN ANTHOLOGY FW is an anthology of world literature, sacred and profane, reworked into original English, without sourcing of any of the quotes, or an index. It is an anthology of proverbs and sayings turned inside out and back to front, so that their proverbiality becomes simply the lever, or the ghost writer, or the template for whatever proverb or saying is next being invented. It is an anthology of stories bowdlerized and pulverised and reorganised to make up one basic story told over and over until it burgeons exponentially into one big story. That big story is made u
How to Read John O’Donohue The writing of John O’Donohue is in pacific time. It receives a great many queries. Consideration and processing can take several weeks. Please be sure to give yourself plenty of lead time. In some cases this can increase the time needed to complete the process. Some have asked to share their own experiences in relation to passing. They find that their own words fail them. Remain faithful. Navigate the revised universe. We find ourselves in response to those requests in the writing of John O’Donohue. The writing created a page, a place for others to share thoughts and memories: Name, Street Address, City, Province, Postal Code, Country. Lines found on the permissions page of the John O’Donohue website. This work has been constructed according to the method of ‘remade found poetry’ in Annie Dillard’s book ‘Mornings Like This’ (1995).