Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Reece Beckett
Oct 12 · 2 min read

A poem inspired by Frank Zappa’s Gumbo Variations (1969) and named after The Ross Brothers’ Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020)

From Kae Tempest’s introduction to Let Them Eat Chaos/Picture taken by the author.

A smoky bar. Zappa’s Hot Rats playing, from somewhere.

Track 5, Gumbo Variations. Mid-way through.

Bartender half asleep, staring into space and sucking on a cigarette.