Charles Bukowski is sometimes stereotypically thought of as “a man’s poet.” However, I’m here to say that he’s “a woman’s poet” too! Strong in voice and tone, he writes about more “manly” subjects (some of which resonate deeply with women) like beer, girls, and writing poetry during the early morning hours, after long nights of drinking. Bukowski copes with the reality (or even disappointment) of life through his poetry, and at times sounds like he is declaring a rant against one of life’s misfortunes. His prose, however, is beautiful in all its ruggedness and strikes a cord with his reader.
In As The Poems Go, one of Bukowski’s more gentle poems, I’m inspired by the images he draws on, and the impact they have on life’s work of poetry, “…the rain, the sunlight,/the traffic, the nights and the days of the/years, the faces.” We get a taste of his existential attitude when he declares, “leaving this will be easier than living it.” He displays the pure essence of poetry in the line that follows,”typing one more line now as/a man plays a piano through the radio.” He pulls the reader into the room where he is, and we can see him sensing his raw emotion in the room. What do you see or feel as you go over this poem? As always – Stay with Sharon and The Write Talk!
As The Poems Go
as the poems go into the thousands you realize that you’ve created very little. it comes down to the rain, the sunlight, the traffic, the nights and the days of the years, the faces leaving this will be easier than living it, typing one more line now as a man plays a piano through the radio, the best writers have said very little and the worst far too much.