Chet Baker

How Chet Baker Died by Barry Gifford

How Chet Baker Died by Barry Gifford

The first words in Barry Gifford’s new poetry collection say it all—“Here I am wasting time again / writing poems to keep myself company” — doing what he has ever done, surprising his readers in kaleidoscopic prisms of color, turning every breath into a story, and himself into his most colorful character.