how to be a great writer

you've got to fuck a great many women
beautiful women
and write a few decent love poems.
 
and don't worry about age
and / or freshly-arrived talents.
 
just drink more beer
more and more beer
 
and attend the racetrack at least once a
week
 
and win
if possible.
 
learning to win is hard--
any slob can be a good loser.
 
and don't forget your Brahms
and your Bach and your
beer.
 
don't overexcercise.
 
sleep until noon.
 
avoid credit cards
or paying for anything on
time.
 
remember that there isn't a piece of ass
in this world worth more than $50
(in 1977).
 
and if you have the ability to love
love yourself first
but always be aware of the possibility of
total defeat
whether the reason for that defeat
seems right or wrong--
 
an early taste of death is not necessarily
a bad thing.
 
stay out of churches and bars and museums,
and like the spider be
patient--
time is everybody's cross,
plus
exile
defeat
treachery
 
all that dross.
 
stay with the beer.
beer is continuous blood.
 
a continuous lover.
 
get a large typewriter
and as the footsteps go up and down
outside your window
 
hit that thing
hit it hard
 
make it a heavyweight fight
 
make it the bull when he first charges in
 
and remember the old dogs
who fought so well:
Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun.
 
If you don't think they didn't go crazy
in tiny rooms
just like you're doing now
 
without women
without food
without hope
 
then you're not ready.
 
drink more beer.
there's time.
and if there's not
that's all right
too.