A part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic poet/musician. But I cannot be what I am not . . . I was the one who all the other boys' parents – including Paul's father – would say, "Keep away from him" . . . The parents instinctively recognised I was a troublemaker, meaning I did not conform and I would influence their children, which I did. I did my best to disrupt every friend's home . . . Partly out of envy that I didn't have this so-called home . . . but I did . . . There were five women that were my family. Five strong, intelligent, beautiful women, five sisters. One happened to be my mother. [She] just couldn't deal with life. She was the youngest and she had a husband who ran away to sea and the war was on and she couldn't cope with me, and I ended up living with her elder sister. Now those women were fantastic . . . And that was my first feminist education . . . I would infiltrate the other boys' minds. I could say, "Parents are not gods because I don't live with mine and, therefore, I know. "