A walk on the bedraggled underside of New Orleans where Hart, one of the world's rejects -a ""brokeback"" with a large hump, deals in ""refined junk"" by rummaging through trash, is permitted to take an occasional bath at the house of kindly Madam Bess, and wanders mindlessly (indeed he can neither read nor figure) searching for his father and his absent manhood. Other characters appear and sometimes disappear much too suddenly: Ruth Ellen, a whore; the balloonman; the candyman who strings himself up (at that point Hart thinks he has perhaps seen his father -- his Father?); and at the end the alcoholic Lord Emery whom Hart savages along with his fighting cocks. . . . Perhaps you will be able to confer some larger meaning on these annals of affliction -- if not, you will just wince.