NOVEMBER 25—THE DOW CLOSES UP 10464
We stuff steel wool
DECEMBER 16—THE DOW CLOSES DOWN 10441
Someone maps the unmapped sectors of the cosmos
start at the edge of a piece of paper
Sometimes we don't feel the burn of a space heater until hours later.
A child came and left like a stranger at the door.
So we try again on the twelfth or thirteenth day at the edge
1= Creativity, independence, originality, ego, self
In May 2009, I began recording the closing number for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. I’ve let those numbers randomly guide me to texts: plugging them into Project Gutenberg, Bartlett's Quotations, and various search engines, which lead me to lines from Milton's Paradise Lost, quotations from the Bible, and many other unexpected sources. I allowed those texts to exert their influence over a series of poems much in the same way the closing number of the Dow exerts an influence over our lives. As the project developed, the poems became a record of my days as well as the Dow’s, incorporating travels, the death of friend in a hiking accident, a miscarriage, a readings of Zen texts.
"November 25—The Dow Closes Up 10464" takes the phrase "When in doubt, win the trick,” from Twenty-four Rules for Learners (Bartlett’s Quotation 10464). For "December 16—The Dow Closes Down 10441" I used numerology.