naked along the side of the house,
8 a.m., spreading sesame seed oil
over my body, Jesus, have I come
I once battled in dark alleys for…
In the betting line the other
man behind me asked,
“are you Henry
you may not believe it
but there are people
who go through life with
it doesn’t always happen
and when it does
the German hotel was very strange…
double doors to the rooms, very th…
looked the park and the vasser ter…
it was usually too late for breakf…
would be everywhere changing sheet…
I was a bum in San Francisco but…
to go to a symphony concert along…
and the music was good but somethi…
audience was not
and something about the orchestra
blackbirds on the telephone wire
as I eat yesterday’s
To end up alone
in a tomb of a room
just a lightbulb
my father always said, “early to b…
early to rise makes a man healthy,…
it was lights out at 8 p.m. in our…
and we were up at dawn to the smel…
don’t undress my love
you might find a mannequin:
don’t undress the mannequin
you might find
the illusion is that you are simpl…
reading this poem.
the reality is that this is
more than a
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank…
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
he said, “I was working in Hollyw…
working in Hollywood and he was
the worst: he was too drunk to sta…
end of the afternoon and so I had…
into a taxi
I sit here on the 2nd floor
hunched over in yellow
still pretending to be
Bach, I said, he had 20 children.
he played the horses during the da…
he f—ed at night
and drank in the mornings.
he wrote music in between.