Taking It to the Street


We had to ask everyone. Not just the people who looked “good” to get money from. And that was great because of course I was surprised by who responded and who didn’t. I feel, in general, in my life at this moment, I’m very aware of how off my preconceptions are, whereas I’ve always thought I had good instincts. I really don’t know, which I think is a Buddhist thought.

Poet Eileen Myles takes to the street as part of a Zen retreat and lives as a homeless person in the Lower East Side of NY. How did it go? At Hyperallergic, Shelley Marlow interviews Myles to learn more.

David lives in central Ohio and works for a sports newspaper. He is a regular contributor to Nervous Breakdown and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. More from this author →