A couple of kids have taken advantage of the old poet, leading him on, adulating him, chuckling in their sleeves. Just you wait until you’re old and that spinning brain of yours slows down and craps out.

Walt’s reading from his short romance Mala Noche (later made into a film by Gus Van Sant). Looks, from the stubble, like this junky video was taken recently. Walt is an irascible Portland treasure, cluttered with Oregon literary trivia, character and song. Someone should in a more careful way capture his voice and spirit on film before time and opportunity slip by.

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