I saw a rat run over on the street and went home to find my landlord’s son had died of botulism. I was reading that for the Chinese the color red signifies good fortune. Then a neighbor left me a basket of tomatoes. I have three friends who are artists and each one showed to me a recent work featuring a lady whose hands weren’t showing. I dreamed about a black bird pecking at a pocket watch. When I woke up, I heard a clock ticking.