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1375: Barfly | Charles Bukowski

"Barfly"
Charles Bukowski

Jane, who has been dead for 31 years,
never could have
imagined that I would write a screenplay of our drinking
days together
and
that it would be made into a movie
and
that a beautiful movie star would play her
part.

I can hear Jane now: “A beautiful movie star? oh,
for Christ’s sake!”

Jane, that’s show biz, so go back to sleep, dear, because
no matter how hard they tried they
just couldn’t find anybody exactly like
you.

and neither can
I.




On this day in...
2011: "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
2010: "Purgatory" by Elizabeth Onusko
2009: "A Christian Country" by Langston Hughes
2008: Weekend, no poem

We lay down in the graveyard, hinged there./Emerald moss growing thickly in the chiseled letters./You’re explaining how trees actually breathe./Green in the names and trees went up to join gray in the sky./Then the gray-green sky came down in breaths to my lips and sipped me.

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daggertrepe
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Just beautiful.
synergyisalie
Jan. 22nd, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Which book is this from?
exceptindreams
Jan. 24th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
It can be found in either The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain or The Pleasures of the Damned (page 177).
synergyisalie
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, had to go back
fumblewumble
Jan. 22nd, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
love. the Bukowski poems about Jane are all really compelling
nadaesnada
Jan. 24th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
The title of the poem is "For Jane", though I don't know which book it as published on.
fumblewumble
Jan. 25th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
i think 'For Jane' is this one:

FOR JANE BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI

225 days under grass
and you know more than I.
they have long taken your blood,
you are a dry stick in a basket.
is this how it works?
in this room
the hours of love
still make shadows.

when you left
you took almost
everything.
I kneel in the nights
before tigers
that will not let me be.

what you were
will not happen again.
the tigers have found me
and I do not care.
nadaesnada
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Yes, you are right. I am very sorry for the incorrect correction. Sometimes (as this ones) I am a bit stupid.
exceptindreams
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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