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I finally bought my first Bukowski book.

“You haven’t read any Bukowski?”

“No, I haven’t read any fucking Bukowski!”
Then I endure the shaming looks from more accomplished poets.

So I bought ‘What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire.’
OK so fine, he IS genius and he IS crass and he IS amazing.
I surrender to the Bukowski tidal wave.
But I am saying this, I only bought it because it was on sale for $3.00 and NOT because it’s so popular.
So piss off all you Bukowski goons. It’s awesome because it’s awesome, and NOT because you think it is.

Here are two of my favorites so far:

White Dog
Charles Bukowski

I went for a walk on Hollywood Boulevard.
I looked down and there was a large white dog
walking beside me.
his pace was exactly the same as mine,
we stopped at traffic signals together.
a woman smiled at us.
he must have walked 8 blocks with me.
then I went into a grocery store and
when I came out he was gone.
or she was gone.
the wonderful white dog
with a trace of yellow in its fur.
the large blue eyes were gone.
the grinning mouth was gone.
the lolling tongue was gone.

things are so easily lost.
things just can’t be kept forever.

I got the blues.
I got the blues.
that dog loved and
trusted me and
I let it walk away.

and…..

My Garden
Charles Bukowski

in the sun and in the rain
and in the day and in the night

pain is a flower
pain is flowers

blooming all the time.

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7 thoughts on “I finally bought my first Bukowski book.

  1. “So piss off all you Bukowski goons. It’s awesome because it’s awesome, and NOT because you think it is.”

    Could. Not. Agree. More. And as much as I enjoy him, I won’t read him in public since getting a snarky comment about trying too hard. Maybe next time I’ll try the “piss off” route. 🙂

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