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pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 10, 2017 - 11:24pm PT
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Aug 11, 2017 - 06:39am PT
Pud,
That was a gift - thanks dude, for making my morning much more interesting.
cheers
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 11, 2017 - 07:40am PT
I read Post Office a couple of months ago. Great read. I tell the old lady that between Post Office and Hillbilly Elegy she should be able to figure me out.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 11, 2017 - 07:58am PT
Was he like Moosedrool's dad?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 11, 2017 - 08:10am PT
I've looked at this poem, even listened to the words.

The image of rolling dice is not satisfying...who among us is willing to trust to luck?

Something just is not clicking, and it's not the dice in the cup so much as the fact that a person is willing to trust his dreams to luck.

Hard work, sobriety, that's the ticket.

Or is it?

WTF do I know, anyway?

Drop that poem, it's done its thing.

Move on to the next idea, as Kubowski himself wrote.
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Aug 11, 2017 - 11:26am PT
Beer poem:

https://vimeo.com/158316231
del cross

climber
Aug 11, 2017 - 02:30pm PT
I heard about Bukowski when I was in college. This was before vimeo, youtube, the internet really.

So I went to the school library and checked out a vinyl LP with Bukowski doing a live show. I didn't own a stereo, but back then you could give the record to the librarian and then go listen through headphones in a little booth right there in the library.

After listening to the first side I had to go, so I returned the headphones to the librarian. She was a student, about my age. As she took the headphones she admitted that while I was listening to the first track of the album she had been secretly listening as well. That first track has some interesting dialogue and she commented on that. I was pretty embarrassed.

Here's that first track:


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 11, 2017 - 04:42pm PT
"I don't hate people, I just hate the way they smell when they've had too much to drink."--numerous individuals

I went through a Buk Phase, recently ended.

I have a young poet friend who started out on Neruda and came to ruin on Buk, eventually.

He worked with me in the bookstore while studying at the community's Junior College.

He hit bottom when he ordered a dozen of Buk's bewk Love Is A Dog From Hell so he could "spread the Bukowski wisdom." The store manager had them all returned but one copy.

He is now a grammar school teacher with two kids and a mortgage.

His favorite poem from that book is "Cows In Art Class."

I read it and it makes me think of Irish Spring soap, somehow.

https://hellopoetry.com/poem/9369/cows-in-art-class/
pud

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Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2017 - 09:39pm PT

"You have to die a few times before you can really live."

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