Read: Walter Benjamin radio broadcast on dogs. I enjoyed the stories, but objected to how Linneas’ description takes the male as the norm and sets the female aside as a special category of dog.
Listened to: Sharkey’s Day
Learned: Pigeons, through a genetic glitch, can breed all year round.
Failed: Photography. I need to photograph a stationary, outdoor object for a piece I wrote and I can’t seem to get it right. Limited daylight has not helped.
Triumphed: Guided two well-coiffed Swiss ladies from the Hauptbahnhof to the Chrismas market via the UBahn
Watched: A typeface video using part of Borges’ poem “Break of Day” (below)
Observed: It is too warm for December.
Started: Keeping a dream journal
Dreamed: (Dec. 7) "I wanted to become a detective in a seaside town, and as part of the application I had to write a poem. As a prelude, the police department required I sleep with a young man, then write the poem. I was anxious about this, also because I’m married. I had to really consider how much I wanted to be a detective. I was worried the poem would be worse than the sex. I was worried the sex would be worse than the poem. The police department was populated by nicely dressed middle-aged people, polite, but not particularly sympathetic. They did not look like poets."
Discarded: A scarf I never wore. Threw it away once before, then rescued it. For real this time.
Acquired: A tablecloth. This may seem trivial, but since our kitchen tablecloths serve anywhere from one to three years, it’s revolutionary.
Received: A Pushcart nomination for my poem “Smoking Jacket”
Ate: Braised carrots with honey and thyme
Drank: Glühwein without alcohol, though I’m not sure how that’s possible
Visited: Drawn by the children’s books in the window, the bookstore Weltenleser
Realized: No matter how many ads you ‘hide’ on FB, there are more.
Word of the week: Skirmish. A quirky-sounding word related to scrimmage, probably from old German skirmen, to defend.
Pithiness of the week: Tradition is the most sublime form of necrophilia. - Hans Kudszus