In the title poem of Death & Fame, Ginsberg ponders his life, and, in his own inimitable way, how he would like his funeral arranged and who would be there. He reflects on his life as a celebrity, contemplating past lovers, friends, and fans. In "The Ballad of the Skeletons," Ginsberg shares his always unsettling and controversial thoughts on America's political and social systems. "Things I'll Not Do (Nostalias)," the most poignant poem in the collection, was written just six days before he died. Ginsberg ruminates on the people, places, and events that held importance for him but that he will leave behind. In all of the poems, Ginsberg's signature style and unique perspective are remarkably present as we are allowed one last glimpse into the workings of his mind.