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· The Emperor's Lament


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· Six Seconds to Legend

· Immolation of a Language

· A Leap Through Faith

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  Like Charles Bukowski
by Michael Wayne
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Apologies to the former poet, that is, if he were even likely to care... If you've never read Bukowski, you won't "get it"


My friends say I am like Charles Bukowski

minus the swearing

and the drinking

and the gambling

and the otherwise lascivious behaviors

 

At first blush, a compliment!

to be mentioned with the like

On second thought,

a compliment greater still

as I reflect upon his work

 

There appears always

an unflinching truth in the words

It was behind

or perhaps, because,

of all the filth, his words rang true

 

He was a man with a pen

a bottle

an idea

and the courage to combine them

and display the result to all the world

 

My friends say I am like Charles Bukowski

though I'm yet to see the resemblance.

I hope it is the courage and truth to which they refer.

If the man were here now, I'd hope he would take it kindly

as an insult.




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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/6/2012
I have not read Bukolski, but I have read you, and that's all that matters. to be compared to someone considered “great” in any field is to be understood: is it flattery or is it true? Some writers, and I could name quite a few, based their reputation on their lifestyles more than their writing.

Only you know that.

Ron
Reviewed by jude forese 6/5/2012
two of my favorite quotes of Bukowsk are "why are there so many poets and so little poetry" and "“poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”

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