Burgess, 1977

In his fifth book with Ravenna, Burgess riffs on his years growing up Punk.  Illustrated with graphic drawings by the author.


Before punk—Harvest & Horse. Before punk—Visions of Johanna. Before punk—stolen beer. Before punk—country radio. Before punk—dancing square.

Before punk—I wasn’t being ironic. Before punk—no speed. Before punk—no reason. Before punk—my skin unpierced unscarred uninked. Before punk—I didn’t care.


I read Emily Dickinson.