Saturday, May 18, 2019

Brian Beatty On Charles Bukowski

Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

Charles Bukowski

I regret it never
once occurred to me

to turn my short career
as a hospital janitor

the women too distant
to be considered lovers

or those apartments
from hell I called home

into poems
with a paying audience.

– Brian Beatty


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1 comment:

  1. One of my first publications in a lit journal, my poem appeared on the page opposite a poem from Hank. That random luck kept me writing through a year or two of rejections.

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