Surreal Poet With a Jazz Beat dead at 98.

“I like jazz for the principle of what jazz is: a flight of musical fantasy within structure,” he said in an interview for the book “Incredibly Strange Music, Volume II” (1994). “I’m trying to do the same thing verbally: take off on a theme so you become tangential and transcendent at the same time.”
He worked with the Grateful Dead, Laurie Anderson, Tom Waits, and Fred Astaire, to name a few. Lawks! I adopt him as my muse henceforth.