Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame: Selected Poems by Charles Bukowski

By Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski is one among America's best-known modern writers of poetry and prose, and, many may declare, its such a lot influential and imitated poet. He used to be born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in la, the place he lived for 50 years. He released his first tale in 1944, while he used to be twenty-four, and commenced writing poetry on the age of thirty-five.

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18 we might 19 this way 20 get blown up a day too 21 late. 22 then there's the library or 23 a walk down the boulevards. 24 many great men have 25 walked down the boulevards Page 57 bukowski, charles ‐ burning in water drowning in flame ‐ selected poems 1955‐1973 (1997) 26 but it's terrible to be 27 a great man 28 like a monkey carrying a 5 pound 29 sack of potatoes up a 40 foot hill. [Page 78] 30 Paris can wait. 31 more salt? 32 after we eat 33 let's sleep, let's sleep. 34 we can't make any money 35 awake.

Coffee, waiting for the grass 31 to dismiss the frost ... 32 they tell you nothing at all. 33 we have everything and we have nothing‐‐‐ 34 days with glass edges and the impossible stink 35 of river moss‐‐‐worse than shit; 36 checkerboard days of moves and countermoves, [Page 68] 37 fagged interest, with as much sense in defeat as 38 in victory; slow days like mules 39 humping it slagged and sullen and sun‐glazed 40 up a road where a madman sits waiting among 41 bluejays and wrens netted in and sucked a flakey 42 grey.

Arcs and pilgrims, oranges 131 gutters, ferns, antibodies, boxes of 132 tissue paper. 133 in the most decent sometimes sun 134 there is the softsmoke feeling from urns 135 and the canned sound of old battleplanes 136 and if you go inside and run your finger 137 along the window ledge you'll find 138 dirt, maybe even earth. 139 and if you look out the window 140 there will be the day, and as you 141 get older you'll keep looking 142 keep looking 143 sucking your tongue in a little 144 ah ah no no maybe 145 some do it naturally 146 some obscenely 147 everywhere.

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