George Starbuck was a poet who worked with cleverness and a real ingenious use of language. His poem “Working Habits” muses about writers and their drinking habits. Who would have thought he would have so many subjects to choose from?
Federico Garcia Lorca
used to uncork a
bottle or two of wine
whenever the duende dwindled for a line.
would have preferred a choice
of brandies in decanters made by Tiffany’s,
but rotgut was the shortcut to epiphanies.
The Later Henry James
bet shots of rum against himself in games
of how much can we pyramid upon a
Little Dylan Thomas
didn’t keep his promise
to stay out of Milk Wood.
He tried to drown the fact as best he could.
Eyed the last shot of a
Pre-war cognac de champagne.
“So much for you, little brandy. Do svidanya.”
used to belly it
up to the nearest bar,
then make for a correlative objective in his car.