Beat generation poet and author whose works include Ring of Bone: Collected Poems and How I Work as a Poet. He is thought to have committed suicide in 1971, though his body was never located.
He worked as a copywriter in New York City and later studied English and philosophy at the University of Chicago.
He was Jack Kerouac's inspiration for the character of Dave in the beatnik novel Big Sur.
He had a common-law marriage with a Polish refugee named Magda Cregg.
He was influenced by the work of Gertrude Stein.