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$$$$$$, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've always had trouble with %money
Last Line: Outside %it continued to %rain


$100 , by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old woman with the dog
Last Line: Than those of any woman I have %ever known


$15 BOY AND A $1500 CASKET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We can get you a nice boy with
Last Line: Else, which is the kindest way for %all of us


$180 GONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lost my ass at the races
Last Line: Looking at the walls


103 DEGREES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She cut my toenails the night before
Last Line: What the fuck


12 HOUR NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I found myself in middle age
Last Line: And it still is


12 MINUTES TO POST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As we stand there before the purple mountains
Last Line: So much more beautiful than %our lives


12/24/1978, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suck on this beer
Last Line: The ambulances sing to each %other outside


12:18 A.M., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Beheaded in the middle of the
Last Line: Get between the sheets and %can't sleep


13TH MONTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the november of our hell
Last Line: What month %what time %what


16 JAP MACHINE GUN BULLETS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Norman %jimmy
Last Line: No time at %all


16-BIT INTEL 8088 CHIP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: With an apple macintosh


1813-1883, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening to wagner


191, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The doorbell rang and monty went to the door, opened. It was 9 p.M.
Last Line: Celebration for the mindless. Harry pressed down on the accelerator %and moved toward the moon


1990 SPECIAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Year-worn
Subject(s): Death; Cats; Dead, The


2 BUDDIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am not sure of our exact ages %when we met
Last Line: I never saw red's mother cooking anything


2 FLIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The flies are angry bits of
Last Line: It is late %for both of us


2 HORSE COLLARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm hot now, he said
Last Line: And that's more important than %.364


2 P.M.BEER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing matters %but flopping on a mattress
Last Line: Propped up %to die


20 BUCKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was famous in his time
Last Line: Now %he's hiding


225 POUNDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were in bed and
Last Line: Really watching the news. I accepted her that %way


2347 DUANE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's this blue baby and she's sucking
Last Line: Window, and that mattress near the door


2ND NOVEL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They'd come around and
Last Line: Won't come to my door %anymore %it's nice


3 A.M. GAMES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The worst thing is


3 BLACKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's midway through the card at the track
Last Line: Don't blame the %car


3 OLD MEN AT SEPARATE TABLES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am %one of them
Last Line: Nothing else matters so %sweetly now


340 DOLLAR HORSE AND A HUNDRED DOLLAR WHORE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't ever get the idea that I am a poet; you can see me
Last Line: Who wrote this poem


38,000-TO-ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was during a reading at the university of utah
Last Line: Something to something


4 CHRISTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I went up to santa cruz to read
Last Line: I an the judas %among us


40 CIGARETTES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes today and
Last Line: Now? And I'm the one who's scared


40,000, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now %at the track today
Last Line: I decide to stay for %one more %race


40,000 FLIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Torn by a temporary wind
Last Line: And so hard to be %a man


462-0614, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get many phonecalls now
Last Line: That's why my number's %listed


5 DOLLARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am dyhing of sadness and alcohol
Last Line: Is that what all that noise is, I said %my god shit


56 YEAR OLD POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I went with two ladies
Last Line: I'm sure it's a giant %con


59 CENTS A POUND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I like to prowl ordinary places
Last Line: But we have %won


6 FOOT GODDESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm big
Last Line: From everything that is %not here


60 YARD PASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Most people don't do very well and I get discouraged with
Last Line: This fucking city %right now


75 MILLION DOLLARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's picasso %and now he's gone
Last Line: 75 million dollars


7TH RACE WHEN THE ANGELS SWUNG LOW AND BURNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I watched the board and the 6 dropped to 9
Last Line: And I finished my drink %and walked away


8 COUNT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: From my bed
Last Line: Let you %know %fucker


8 COUNT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This one %always arrives at the wrong time
Last Line: Knock upon the %door


8 COUNT CONCERTO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The lid to the great jar
Last Line: Or else we'd all %go mad


8 ROOMS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My dentist is a drunk
Last Line: But she never told me her %name


99 TO ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The blazing shark
Last Line: But break like a horse out of the gate


A NOT SO GOOD NIGHT IN THE SAN PEDRO OF THE WORLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is unlikely that a decent poem is in me tonight


ABOUT A TRIP TO SPAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In new york in those days they had
Last Line: But you're the real winner forever


ABOUT CRANES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes after you get your
Last Line: Besides %stand on one leg


ABOUT PAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My first and only wife
Last Line: Such things usually %begin %somewhere


ABOUT THE PEN CONFERENCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Take a writer away from his typewriter


ACCEPTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes as I am typing a
Last Line: I %is never quite %sure %of %what tey are %dpooing


ACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am upstairs in pajamas and bathrobe
Last Line: I get up and go for %a bottle of %wine


ACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Henry baroyan cut between the caddy and the porsche, opened it up
Last Line: The road to hell had plenty %of company but it was still so very lonely. %he pushed forward and elb


ACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He buys 5 cars a month, details them, waxes and buffs
Last Line: We keep slaying our small dragons %as the big one waits
Variant Title(s): The Big On


ACTION ON THE CORNER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A man hit a pregnant woman
Last Line: Helped the pregnant woman %to her feet


AFDC FOR YOU AND ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: These dogs, she said, are always sticking their
Last Line: Until 5 a.M. %in the morning


AFRICA, PARIS, GREECE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are these 2 women
Last Line: I rub the bottoms of %her feet


AFTER A READING, CHARLES BUKOWSKI RETURNS & GIVES ME THE LOWDOWN ...., by CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY               
First Line: I'm not even drunk!-we both say that as, ship size and grey, he floats
Last Line: As rewards went on earth, each sunset the fish jumping blue and silver from the unappreciated beer-g
Subject(s): Metaphysics; Philosophy And Philosophers


AFTER READING A CERTAIN POET:, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dark time, under the orange skin
Last Line: Have your chair broken, %the shiver muscle of my heart is %amouse sick, now


AFTER THE READING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've seen people in front of
Last Line: A little bit behind %them


AFTERNOON IN FEBRUARY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many of the paperboys here in l.A.
Last Line: And the faint sound of the vacuum cleaner


AGAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the territory is taken
Last Line: As the shadow gets ready to fall again


AGE AND YOUTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was driving over a bridge when
Last Line: Feeling mighty %pleased with myself


AH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drinking german beer
Last Line: Still waiting on the immortal %poem


AH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It will never end, there will be no
Last Line: Chair, laughing at it %all


AH, AH, AH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suppose that what disturbs me about the sages
Last Line: All the sages %all the years %wasted


AIDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The easy days of sex are over
Last Line: And they can damn well %have %it %all


AIR AND LIGHT AND TIME AND SPACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: -you know, I've either had a family, a job, something
Last Line: Except maybe a longer life to find %new excuses %for


ALIENS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You may not believe it
Last Line: There %and I am %here


ALL GOD'S CHILDREN GOT TROUBLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This guy murdered his %mother-in-law
Last Line: Think of that poor bastard


ALL THAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The only things I remember about %new york city
Last Line: And surprising painting %not hanging anywhere else


ALL THE CASUALTIES..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I told her then in bed
Last Line: Didn't know %would %know


ALL THE WAY TO THE GRAVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tolstoy's wife was a %nag %and one bitter cold %night
Last Line: Then she wrote a %book %about %what a son of a bitch %he was


ALMOST MADE UP POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny
Last Line: It was best like this


ALONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If there were only some help from the
Last Line: The gods are laughing %already


ALONE WITH EVERYBODY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The flesh covers the bone
Last Line: The graveyards fill %nothing else %fills


ALWAYS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The important %thing %is the obvious
Last Line: Thing that %nobody %is %saying


AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SUFFERS THUS?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Took me 45 minutes to find my glasses
Last Line: For they would not understand!


AMERICAN WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Gone abroad %I sit under the tv lights
Last Line: Fooled them %again


AN ARGUMENT OVER MARSHAL FOCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Foch was a great soldier, he said, marshal foch
Last Line: I still maintain the french are weak, and no wonder
Subject(s): Foch, Ferdinand (1851-1929)


AND ALL THE SNOW MELTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was a %german girl with a figure like quicksilver
Last Line: Never came back, really %any of us


ANGEL AND AN ASSHOLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Each day %at the track %they make the same announcement
Last Line: I looked at him and said, 'you'll %never get that way.' %theni got out of %there


ANGEL WHO PUSHED HIS WHEELCHAIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Long ago he edited a little magazine
Last Line: Maybe tonight I'll try to read his book


ANONYMITY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never got to where I was
Last Line: Telephone, both being used


ANOTHER ARGUMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She had an uncle who sniffed
Last Line: Correct, we are all about to be %murdered


ANOTHER BED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
Last Line: I haven't seen her since friday


ANOTHER CASUALTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Cat got run over


ANOTHER DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Getting [or, having] the low-down blues and going into a restaurant
Last Line: You start the engine


ANOTHER LOVE POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your toenails are so long, she said, %my god
Last Line: I hope the next bitch who cuts my toenails is you


ANSWER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Within the past six years
Last Line: And you were %dead %long %before %me


ANSWER TO A NOTE ON THE DRESSER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The price of the sun is the tulip rotting black
Last Line: And I don't give a damn if you never come back


ANSWER TO AN ELEVENTH GRADE STUDENT IN PHILADELPHIA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't worry about my poem
Last Line: Much worse %than what %you read %of mine %in class


APPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is not just an apple
Last Line: And stare at a dirty %ashtray


APPRENTICES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He used to sit in his bedroom slippers
Last Line: He was. Of course, %there's still time


ARE YOU DRINKING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Washed-up, on shore, the old yellow notebook
Last Line: My cat %this %time


AREA OF PAUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You have to have it or the walls will close
Last Line: Laughter, then %walk %away


ARGUMENT OVER MARSHAL FOCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Foch was a great soldier, he said, marshal foch
Last Line: The french aree weak %and no %wonder
Subject(s): Foch, Ferdinand (1851-1929)


ARRANGEMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a mannequin in this junk shop
Last Line: Yes, my love, I will


ART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All the way from mexico
Last Line: And the ringing of the %phone


ART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the %spirit %wanes
Last Line: The %form %appears


ART CLASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of course, it wasn't my idea
Last Line: Plato couldn't have said it any %better


ARTIST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All of a sudden I'm a painter
Last Line: In memory of one who %could


ARTIST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look,' I say, 'you shouldn't have broken in
Last Line: Better for his mother, %better for art


ARTISTIC SELFISHNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What's genius?
Last Line: Crane %artaud %chinaski


ARTISTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She wrote me for years
Last Line: Francine du plessix gray


AS CRAZY AS I EVER WAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drunk and writing poems
Last Line: Drunk and writing poems at 3:24 a.M


AS MUCH AS I HATE TO USE THE 'F' WORD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Maybe it's just because %I was young then
Last Line: Then, I say it now: fuck %you


AS THE POEMS GO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the poems increase into the thousands you
Last Line: And the worst %far too much


ASHES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got his ashes, she said, and I took them
Last Line: Lived in san mateo and had a very good %job


ASS BUT NO CLASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One time %there was rene who
Last Line: That I was living %at the %moment


ASSAULT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bad shape. Sick. Can hardly hold my soul together
Last Line: We have just %each other


AT THE END OF THE DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A fat mexican woman in front of me
Last Line: Infirmary and asks, 'what the hell happened?'


AT THE SIZZLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the middle of hell %in the middle of hell %in the hell of hell
Last Line: As the world tilts to the %right %and dogs bark in my %brain


AT THE ZOO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here's a male giraffe
Last Line: Arranged it %for now


AT VEGAS YOU HAVE TO PUT UP TWO TO GET ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Typing in a room full of smoke
Last Line: Hey baby, you all right


AT&T, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, you see, %we have the buildings and
Last Line: The buildings sit and %wonder and work and wait


ATTACK AND RETREAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Read to them
Last Line: Start in on novel # %4


AUG-93, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Easy, go easy, you can't outlast the mountain
Last Line: This waiting for the fullness and the %charge


AVOIDING HUMANITY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Much of my life has been dedicated
Last Line: Especially %when I am %shaving


AX AND BLADE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Arriving to applause
Last Line: Him and ask him why


BACH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm / listening to a work of his
Last Line: Living / friends
Subject(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750); Composers; Music & Musicians


BACH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm %listening to a work of his
Last Line: I have no %living %friends
Subject(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750); Composers; Music And Musicians


BACH, COME BACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting in this old chair, listening to bach
Last Line: No laughter %ever %again


BACKUPS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In this modern age of love/sex
Last Line: I stare at her. %she blinks


BAD ACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got a seat down front and started
Last Line: Is worse than being in the %county jail


BAD DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The jellyfish has a purpose
Last Line: Who did this to %me


BAD FIX, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Old butch, they fixed him
Last Line: Out of that huge %undefeated %head


BAD FORM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The famous actor sat at the table with
Last Line: Drinking in their %voluptuous %normalness


BAD NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Monty was depressed, well, not depressed, just discouraged with
Last Line: Sound of crickets and the sound of drunks trying to find their way home


BAD PRESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Years ago while I was living on delongpre ave
Last Line: To ravage my talents


BAD TIMES AT THE 3RD AND VERMONT HOTEL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Alabam was a sneak and a thief and he came to my
Last Line: He looked up, stood up, went for two %glasses


BAKERS OF 1935, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother, father and I
Last Line: Walked away into the afternoon


BALLOONS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Today they shot a guy who was
Last Line: The next %nobody was


BAND-AID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are destroyed by our
Last Line: That's true, I told %him, good %day


BAR STOOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Each day and each night were
Last Line: Do you see %what I %mean?


BARD OF SAN FRANCISCO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't old poets ever
Last Line: To write %decent %poetry


BAROMETER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was very young
Last Line: Unjustified %horror %unmitigated


BARSTOOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The longer I live the more I realize
Last Line: Circled in the %tenebrous %light


BATTING ORDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hemingway's been in a slump
Last Line: And, most likely / yours
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


BATTING ORDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hemingway's been in a slump
Last Line: They're going to kick some %ass, most likely %yours
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


BATTING SLUMP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun slides down through the shades
Last Line: I got to hit one out of here pretty soon


BE ALONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you think about how often
Last Line: It's the last way left


BE KIND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are always asked
Last Line: Wasted %lives %is


BEACH TRIP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The strong men
Last Line: The seagulls %the sea %the sand


BEANS WITH GARLIC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is important enough
Last Line: Your feelings boiling over flame, %get this down


BEAST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My beast comes in the afternoon
Last Line: And all the walls become impossible


BEASTS BOUNDING THROUGH TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Van gogh writing his brother for paints


BEAUTI-FUL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One poet used to take
Last Line: The far-off %basket


BEAUTIFUL LADY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are gathered here now
Last Line: Rich %frightened %husband


BEAUTIFUL LADY EDITOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was a beautiful woman, I used to see photographs of
Subject(s): Editors


BEAUTIFUL RUSH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I lost a dollar at the track today and I know that's
Last Line: Not all of us are gamblers and those who aren't don't matter


BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL WALKING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I stop my car at the signal
Last Line: Nobody seems to care


BEAUTY GONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You were, at best %the delicate thought of a delicate hand
Last Line: The most immense thing about beauty %is finding it gone


BEDPANS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the hospitals I've been in
Last Line: Made %useless as %the bedpan


BEDS, BATHROOMS, YOU AND ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Think of all the beds %everywhere
Last Line: Or in our bathroom %any longer


BEDS, TOILETS, YOU AND ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Think of the beds
Last Line: Or blue %or lavender %goodbye


BEE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suppose like any other boy
Last Line: Because he's not even thinking %about me


BEE'S 5TH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I heard it first while screwing a blond
Last Line: We never made love %again


BEER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't know how many bottles of beer
Last Line: And beer is all there is


BEER BOTTLE BLOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a slow night in %henry's haven
Last Line: They say about %no teeth in the mouth


BEERBOTTLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A very miraculous thing just happened
Last Line: New shoes, less rain, more poems


BEETHOVEN CONDUCTED HIS LAST SYMPHONY WHILE TOTALLY DEAF, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: His paintings would not be as valuable now
Last Line: One. This is the dirty trick %of the ages


BEFORE AIDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm glad I got to them
Last Line: Good old times %before aids


BEGGARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The poor
Last Line: The horses are %beautiful %anyhow


BEGGING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like most of you, I've had so many jobs that
Last Line: No servant of %free %enterprise


BEGINNING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When women stop carrying
Last Line: They can talk to me %about %liberation


BELFAST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Writing a letter to belfast
Last Line: As young wives %should %do


BELLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Soon after kennedy was shot
Last Line: I could still hear the bells


BEST MEN ARE STRONGEST ALONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Most of the time while a man is trying to type
Last Line: Pure and as perfect as the well %written line


BETRAYED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The big thrill
Last Line: Fathers and sons %in the %other


BETTING ON NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am old enough to have died several
Last Line: The volcano and the %leopard


BETTING ON THE MUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Jimmy foxx died an alcoholic
Last Line: Truly win %against %you


BETWEEN RACES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I know that I'm not supposed to bother
Last Line: Conversation %ruin your %day


BIG JOHN OF ECHO PARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: His wife worked and bought his
Last Line: Doesn't like to %type %too much


BIG MAX, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In junior high school
Last Line: World. It made us sick %to look at him


BIG NIGHT ON THE TOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drunk on the dark streets of some city
Last Line: Perfection in the stars %where love died %laughing


BIG RIDE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All right
Last Line: The %sea %breaks


BIG TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got tired of going to the bars
Last Line: And these days %they do %too. %it figures


BIG TIME LOSER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was on the train to del mar and I left my seat
Last Line: The people in the other car knew


BIRD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Red - eyed and dizzy as I
Last Line: And then quickly I went to sleep


BIRTHAY PARTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drinking with norman mailer %in his suite at the chateau %marmont
Last Line: Tough guys drive black %bmw's' I tell %him %we get in and I tool the %machine down %sunset boulevard


BIT OF GARDENING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Perfectly tuned %here in green walking shorts %driving the pitchforkdeep in
Last Line: We are %the weary %signaling through %time those mountains to %the north as %the space %closes


BLACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are nights so bad
Last Line: Literature is %just no damned %good %now, %yours or %anybody%else's


BLACK AND WHITE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I must have checked in drunk
Last Line: What to do with %myself


BLACK AND WHITE ROACH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This headline in the hollywood paper says
Last Line: From the booth and walked back to the men's %room


BLACK SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Caresse crosby published my first short story
Last Line: If she'd had the chance


BLADE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There was no parking near the post office where


BLASTED APART WITH THE FIRST BREATH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Running out of days
Last Line: As the banister glints %in the early morning sun


BLOCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the past two months the poems have
Last Line: They might even remember %me


BLOCKED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was 11:45 a.M. When the phone rang. Martin glisson was asleep
Last Line: He was driving in the wrong direction, %away from his house,but it didn't seem to matter


BLUE BEADS AND BONES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the orchid dies
Last Line: Behind me, the day had really begun


BLUE CHEESE AND CHILI PEPPERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: These women are supposed to come
Last Line: No damned progress %at all


BLUE COLLAR SOLITUDE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Picking up two-six-packs
Last Line: Wiggling the right %toe %watching %it


BLUE HEAD OF DEATH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening to richard strauss
Last Line: Know what to do


BLUE MOON, OH BLEWEEWW MOOOOON HOW I ADORE YOU!, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I care for you, darling, I love you
Last Line: Bow wow bow wow wow


BLUE PIGEON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Getting a car wash today
Last Line: Took a right at %vermont


BLUEBIRD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography


BLUEBIRD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a bluebird in my heart that
Last Line: Weep, do %you


BODY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been %hanging here
Last Line: My hands let go let go %let go


BOIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was making good with the girls on the assembly line at


BONAPARTE'S RETREAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fred, they called him
Last Line: And it's not %there %anymore


BONE PALACE BALLET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As many interpretations of
Last Line: And the volcano laughing


BORN TO LOSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was sitting in my cell
Last Line: They put spillane in license plates


BOY AND HIS DOG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's barry in his ripped walking shorts
Last Line: He's aged a good many other people too


BRAVO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Summertime dogs %crushed on freeways
Last Line: Let the music %play


BRAVO!, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They applaud each work
Last Line: Symphonie pathetique, indeed


BREAKFAST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Waking up all those mornings in the drunk tank
Last Line: You have to die a few times before you live


BRIGHT BOY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were in one of those after-hours places


BRIGHT LIGHTS AND SERPENTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oftentimes I can't separate the
Last Line: Walked out to the parking lot


BRIGHT RED CAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I try to avoid speed duels on the freeway but the most curious thing
Last Line: It was a beautiful sunny day


BRING ME YOUR LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Harry walked down the steps and into the garden. Many of the patients
Last Line: All legs and arms and bodies in a desperate juxtaposition, %and reflected that way in the full-lengt


BROKEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There isn't any %justification
Last Line: Strangling that %tiny place %you call %love


BROWN AND SOLEMN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The dog jumps up on the bed
Last Line: My parents didn't understand me either


BRUCKNER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening to bruckner now
Last Line: Opening the morning mail


BRUCKNER: 2, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bruckner wasn't bad %even though he got down
Last Line: And the days are without end


BULLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Actually, I do think that
Last Line: With that %at %all


BULLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was big and he was always on me
Last Line: And nobody ever talked about him %again


BUM ON THE LOOSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I climbed off a park bench to engage the giants
Last Line: I didn't think that they were all that good %tell me, do you?


BUMMING WITH JANE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There wasn't a stove


BURLESQUE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Jimmy, bill and I went every
Last Line: As young as we were %ever going to %get


BURN AND BURN AND BURN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to know a dutchman in a philly bar
Last Line: My master, then and %now


BURNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The kid went back to new york city to live with a woman
Last Line: I loved her, he says to me, %I loved her


BURNING OF THE DREAM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old l.A. Public library burned %down %that library downtown
Last Line: The prussian officer %the daring young man on the flying trapeze %to have and have not %you can't go


BUTCH VAN GOGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Just before leaving east hollywood my cat got
Last Line: Man, everything you touch turns to shit!' %he's right


BUTTERFLIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I believe in earning one's own way
Last Line: Who flutter to my tiny %flame %and %me


BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKERJACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a press conference at the office of the groundhogs
Last Line: No, nothing. You got a nose like an elephant.' %'shit,' said larry %he reached down and scratched hi


CAMUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Larry awakened, got out of the twisted sheets, walked to the window
Last Line: Place to / unwind
Subject(s): Camus, Albert (1913-1960)


CAMUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Larry awakened, got out of the twisted sheets, walked to the window
Last Line: It was a mile or so from the university but well worth the drive. A damn %good place to unwind
Subject(s): Camus, Albert (1913-1960)


CANCER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I found her room at the top of the stairway %she was alone
Last Line: They walked off down the street %and I got into my car, %it started, and %I drove back to my %place


CANDY-ASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The best part is that
Last Line: Read this candy-ass poem %wretchedly


CANNED HEAT?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not that I minded but I believe that my stint
Last Line: I sat and waited for happier times


CAPTAIN GOODWINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One goes from being a poet
Last Line: The best way %I knew how


CAR WASH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Got out, fellow said, 'hey!' walked toward
Last Line: Sure,' I said, 'I've been there'


CARLTON WAY OFF WESTERN AVE., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: While the rents go up elsewhere
Last Line: And don't forget the low rents


CAT IS A CAT IS A CAT IS A CAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's whistling and clapping


CATCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Crud, he said, %hauling it out of the water
Last Line: Then we all went our way on a mid-afternoon in august


CATS TOO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your niece came and left
Last Line: It's literary history


CAUSE AND EFFECT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The best often die by their own hand %just to get away
Last Line: Can never quite understand %why anybody %would ever want to%get away %from %them


CELEBRATING THIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You're never going to kid me because you see
Last Line: No matter: I need nothing but my typing %fingers %and a %minimal %amount of %pain


CELINE WITH CANE AND BASKET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight I am nothing
Last Line: I light a cigarette and %wait


CERTAIN PRIDE HERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't care to have my writing
Last Line: In the n.Y. Times %hands %down


CHALLENGE TO THE DARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shot in the eye
Last Line: Their death not my life


CHANGE OF HABIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shirley came to town with a broken leg
Last Line: Handsome he looked %when he did


CHARISME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This woman keeps phoning me
Last Line: I have a way with the ladies


CHARLES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 92 years old %his tooth has been bothering him
Last Line: The smell of freshly-baked cookies %follows me


CHARLES, by BARRY EDGAR PILCHER               
First Line: Bukowski
Last Line: Next day his book sales went up
Subject(s): Bukowski, Charles (1920-1994)


CHARLES BUKOWSKI IS DEAD AT 73, by RICHARD RED HAWK               
First Line: This is the part hank would have loved best
Last Line: God have mercy on those of us %who are left to speak


CHARLES THE LION-HEARTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's 95, lives in a large two story
Last Line: Not quite so good %when it goes dark


CHATTERTON TOOK RAT POISON AND LEFT THE REST OF US IN PEACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old beatnik poet came by once again
Last Line: To help keep me humble and pure and writing my own god stuff


CHEMISTRY OF THINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I always thought mary lou was skinny and


CHICAGO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've made it, she said, I've come
Last Line: I know more women like than than any %other kind


CHICKEN GIBLETS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's like you, she said, he locks himself in
Last Line: You never knew %it


CHILDREN IN THE SKY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The boys come up
Last Line: There is nothing to do %now %but unpack


CHINASKI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Parodies himself, romanticizes himself
Last Line: And now let us go on to %more worthwhile things


CHOPIN BUKOWSKI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is my piano
Last Line: And they like it and they do not %like it


CHRISTMAS EVE, ALONE,, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Evasion, my reasoning %is not


CHRISTMAS POEM TO A MAN IN JAIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hello bill abbott
Last Line: And have I placed the commas here %properly, abbot?


CIGARETTE OF THE SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The headless dog snaps
Last Line: You, you, you, %no mas, no more


CIRCUS OF DEATH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's there %from the beginning, to the middle, to the end
Last Line: As you put your shoes on for the last time %without %knowing %it


CITY BOY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I stopped in wyoming to drink in a bar
Last Line: Nobody said %goodbye


CLASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: These boys have got class
Last Line: Falls apart %so sad %again


CLASSICAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Our english teacher in jr. High
Last Line: Easy, thank you, lmrs. %gredis, thank %you


CLASSICAL MUSIC AND ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have no idea how it began
Last Line: Life, helped me get %to %here


CLAWS OF PARADISE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wooden butterfly
Last Line: As the next while %walking in the sun


CLEAN OLD MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here I'll be %55 in a %week
Last Line: Come to my %senses


CLEANSING THE RANKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What I am talking about, he said, is the reformed alcoholic, they have
Last Line: Represented by worthless fakers: one can't give up %what one%never had


CLEVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The clever people slide downstream like
Last Line: While %disliking you. Or %worse


CLICK OF MIRACLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the quarterhorse meet %at hollywood park
Last Line: Such small %moments %keep %people %alive %such small moments%so large %when %it all %comes %together


CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF ANOTHER KIND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are we going to the movies or not
Last Line: They were going to the movies %too


CLOSE TO GREATNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At one stage in my life


COCKROACH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The cockroach crouched
Last Line: Make them wait a %few months


COFFEE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was having a coffee at the


COFFEESHOP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She has served me and I am
Last Line: Then hell isn't going to %be %so bad


COKE BLUES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you think some women want only your love
Last Line: And then one %wonders again


COLD PLUMS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Eating cold plums in bed
Last Line: At 5:30 in the evening


COLD SUMMER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not as bad as yours, fante
Subject(s): Cancer (disease)


COLD SUMMER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not as bad as yours, fante
Last Line: Might as well take a %swim


COLORED BIRDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is a highrise apt. Next door
Subject(s): Social Problems


COMBAT PRIMER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They called celine a nazi
Last Line: And then I'm going to sleep


COME BACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In mannheim it was always the same: start
Last Line: My world returning to normal


COMMENTS UPON MY LAST BOOK OF POESY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You're better than ever
Last Line: I am going to publish all those letters you wrote me. %you jack-off motherfuck, you're not fooling a


COMMUNION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Horses running
Last Line: Laughing with a %fool


COMPANION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am not alone
Last Line: Swaying on the %bough


COMPANY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The photo of celine looks at %me
Last Line: I look at him tonight: %see his bones %dance: %the doctor from %hades


COMPASSION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She comes in and tells me that she just saw a dog
Last Line: I turn up the music on the radio real loud


COMPETITION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We live by the harbor now
Last Line: In the middle of the night


COMPUTER CLASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting in a computer class
Last Line: We can't find it on the menu?


COMPUTER NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was the drunk %typer in hock
Last Line: I just didn't know any %better and I %did


CONCRETE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He had set up the


CONDITION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All up and down the avenues
Last Line: Or as you read this: %your place now


CONDITION BOOK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The long days at the track have indented themselves
Last Line: I am humanely destroyed, I am the horseplayer who %became the %racetrack


CONFESSION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Waiting for death
Last Line: Said %I love %you


CONFESSION OF A GENIUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: During world war two
Last Line: And yes I've been %there %ever %since


CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got drunk once and told
Last Line: Dinner %that night


CONVERSATION NOT TO REMEMBER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Try shoveling sand, seems like there's nothing heavier
Last Line: 3 or 4 hours, maybe %5


COOL BLACK AIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often from my typing room I step out onto this small
Last Line: I bang it %bang it %and wait


COOPERATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She means well
Last Line: And the sea is beautiful


CORNERED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, they said it would come to


CORRECTION TO A LADY OF POESY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Any ballplayer can tell you, diane
Last Line: Children. They'll learn the real story %soon enough


CORSAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suppose jr. High was the worst
Last Line: Then I faced the other way and %continued my %journey


COUNSEL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am living in hell, he told me, and I said, is that right
Last Line: I hung up the receiver and pulled the %bottle %toward me


COUPONS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Cigarettes wetted with beer from
Last Line: To help keep %my city %clean


CRAZY TRUTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The nut in the all red outfit
Last Line: It was a great day for accuracy %there on 7th street just off %weymouth


CREATIVE ACT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: For the broken egg on the floor
Last Line: This life dancing in front of %mrs. Death


CREATIVE WRITING CLASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm guilty, I did take one
Last Line: Than even he %had %expected


CREDO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Always fighting not to die in
Last Line: Always fighting not to die in %life. %if anything makes sense, %let's call it %this


CRICKETS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sound of doom like an approaching cyclone
Last Line: Sex with a %woman or a man


CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Mr. Sanderson was the principal of
Last Line: About it %just the way it %was


CROWD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They love to huddle and chat away the
Last Line: I have survived them %one %more %time


CRUCIFIX IN A DEATHHAND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, they begin out in a willow, I think
Last Line: You look around and no longer %see any %old men


CRUISING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Totally mentally ripped
Last Line: Smile %paradise at %last


CRUNCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Too much %too little
Last Line: It will not say %no


CRUNCH (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Too much %too little
Last Line: And people are not good to each other


CULTURE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was a class bitch although all her
Last Line: There was nothing else to do %I waved goodbye


CURIOUS THING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have known a great many women
Last Line: Ladies have made %me so


CURTAINS ARE WAVING AND PEOPLE WALK THROUGH ..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I wait on life like a pregnancy, put the stethoscope to
Last Line: No more policemen %no more %me


CUT WHILE SHAVING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's never quite right, he said, the way the people look
Last Line: I walked down the stairway and %into it


D, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The doctor is into collecting art
Last Line: Out of there %moving toward something %else


DAGWOOD AND BLONDIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I swept underneath and got him
Last Line: Meanwhile, it was a %startling %beautiful day


DAMNATION OF BUK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Getting old, and older, concerned that
Last Line: And the night will never %come


DANGEROUS LADIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They come visit and
Last Line: And a marlboro in the other


DANGLING CARROT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The perfect poem will never be
Last Line: Let us thank the gods


DARK SHADES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never wear dark shades
Last Line: And the joy behind %at the taco place


DARK, AND DARKER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If I can find one hour of peace a day
Last Line: It began so long ago


DARKENING LIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are more and more
Last Line: The cup of coffee as the %mudlark %strangles


DARKLING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some nights you don't sleep
Last Line: The venetian blinds closing us %all in


DARKNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Darkness falls upon humanity


DARKNESS AND ICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am spooked by the bluebells and the silent harp while
Last Line: I push open the wooden wall and enter, ready and not ready %enough


DARLINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A world full of successful people's
Last Line: Those they are directed against %instead of those who %direct them: %the fathers of the %darlings


DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Brock, the foreman, was always digging his fingers into his ass, using left han
Last Line: There was a laugh-track on and the people on the laugh-trackwere laughing and laughing and laughing


DAY IT RAINED AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The jew bent over and
Last Line: Go away or I'll call %the guard


DAY SO FLAT YOU COULD ROLL MARBLES ON IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Counted 12 bottles of soy sauce on the shelf
Last Line: As I drove on to my next errand


DAY THE EPILEPTIC SPOKE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The other day %I'm out at the track
Last Line: You know %just a %little


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I came in and all the timecards wer
Last Line: Nd I sat down and went to work


DAYS AND NIGHTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Driving east down century blvd. In heavy slow %traffic
Last Line: My wife is in %there %'hello,' I say %she's depressed


DAYS LIKE RAZORS, NIGHTS FULL OF RATS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As a very young man I divided an equal amount of time between
Last Line: He rushes toward me and somehow it's a part of the part of the %part


DEAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He wrote a joyous and mad
Last Line: But the semesters %pass, quiet %seasons %r.I.P


DEAD AGAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ben phoned and said, there's a rumor going around that
Last Line: If we could celebrate men's lives %as well


DEAD DOG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Larry was subnormal. I always %liked talking to him
Last Line: Why don't we go out and score %some coke?'


DEAD FLOWERS OF MYSELF, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bulls strut in pinwheel glory
Last Line: Thank the god %who made %it


DEAD NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I always wanted to ball
Last Line: That's all I had left %that night


DEAR MR. CHINASKI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get letters in the mail telling me that
Last Line: I'd write and ask him but I'm %not a %fan


DEAR PA AND MA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father liked edgar allan
Last Line: They both were %right


DEATH IN THE MODERN AGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am writing a novel now and one way or
Last Line: Celebrates %its %greatness %now


DEATH IS SMOKING MY CIGARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know: I'm drunk once again
Last Line: 5 god-damned minutes %and much %more


DEATH OF A ROACH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the last fig falls and we are pruned from light
Last Line: Man can only destroy himself


DEATH OF A SPLENDID NEIGHBORHOOD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a place off western ave.


DEATH OF AN ERA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My room was a block away
Last Line: On that end %stool %just in %time


DEATH OF AN IDIOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He spoke to mice and sparrows
Last Line: And everything else that happened %then


DEATH SAT ON MY KNEE AND CRACKED WITH LAUGHTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was writing three short stories a week


DEATHBED BLUES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you can't stand the heat, he says, get out of the
Last Line: A set of retreads instead


DECLINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting naked behind the house
Last Line: It won't be long for any of %us


DEFEAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening to bruckner on the radio
Last Line: I notice a wall socket %look, I've won


DEFINING THE MAGIC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A good poem is like a cold beer
Last Line: A good poem knows when to %stop


DEMISE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The son-of-a-bitch
Last Line: With a belly like butter (in that big %house) was right


DEPRESSION KID (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never had any money but I did have a
Last Line: The girl with the long blowing %hair was thinking of %me


DEPRESSION KID (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never had money but I did have a bike
Last Line: I had become a %man


DESCENT OF THE SPECIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweet mama %she liked ice cream, candy bars
Last Line: To the works of %de sade


DESTROYING BEAUTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A rose
Last Line: It's beyond me
Subject(s): Troy


DICK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was sitting in my office in the dark
Last Line: Then I sat there listening to the phone ring


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BAD POET AND A GOOD ONE IS LUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suppose so %I was living in an attic in philadelphia
Last Line: Ran me out %of town


DING-DONG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He came over with a rag around his
Last Line: Love is what mattered, %he went on %and %furthermore


DINNER, 1933, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When my father ate
Last Line: I didn't %live %in


DINNER, PAIN & TRANSPORT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slowly going %the way of witches
Last Line: Like these birds in my walls


DINOSAURIA, WE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Born like this
Subject(s): United States; America


DINOSAURIA, WE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Born like this
Last Line: Awaiting the next chapter


DISGUSTING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've got this large plastic floater with headrest
Last Line: It's so nice, this %road to %hell


DO YOU USE A NOTEBOOK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many a time when I drive this black beauty out of the driveway
Last Line: Listening to my footsteps as I walk on in


DOESN'T SEEM LIKE MUCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My editor-publisher who is about
Last Line: You up to it


DOG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A single dog
Last Line: Of ten thousand gods. %why is this


DOG FIGHT 1990, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He draws up to my rear bumper in the fast lane
Last Line: Approaching l.A. Airport. %1-2-3 %2-3-1 %3-2-1


DOGFIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's a runt %he snarls and scratches
Last Line: He ought to know better than to cross %the railroad tracks
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


DOGFIGHT OVER L.A., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Left wing down, I go after mosk
Last Line: Kiss the sweet lips of this dirty %world %goodbye


DOGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Someplace in arizona %at the dog
Last Line: Instead of mutilated %and murdered %forever


DON'T CALL ME, I'LL CALL YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more
Last Line: As I rise %to move %to the %bathroom %to %piss in %wonderment


DON'T COME ROUND BUT IF YOU DO..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yeah sure, I'll be in unless I'm out
Last Line: Stopped or opened %forever


DON'T FORGET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is always somebody or something
Last Line: I just burnt my fingers on %this %cigarette


DON'T PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bruch lived to be 82


DON'T SIT UNDER THE APPLE TREE WITH ANYBODY ELSE BUT ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To choose %wisely is half way
Last Line: So any %problem you have %with me %is %yours


DON'T TOUCH THE GIRLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's up seeing my doctor
Last Line: Sure, I say and drive her on in


DOOM AND SIESTA TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My friend is worried about dying
Last Line: Circling over my %sagging mattress


DOSTOEVSKY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Against the wall, the firing squad ready
Last Line: Sharing the stinking dark with %my %brothers


DOW AVERAGE DOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you %first meet them their eyes
Last Line: We believed like dogs %believe


DOWN BY THE SEA, THE BEAUTIFUL SEA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were telling stories and %my little girl
Last Line: Before it vanished behind one of the burned-out piers


DOWNERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some people
Last Line: To %create %one


DOWNTOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nobody goes downtown anymore
Last Line: Goes downtown anymore


DOWNTOWN BILLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They used to call him
Last Line: I have just taken %my %pills


DOWNTOWN L.A., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Throwing your shoe at 3 a.M. And smashing the window, then
Last Line: Going / nowhere
Subject(s): Los Angeles


DOWNTOWN L.A., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Throwing your shoe at 3 a.M. And smashing the window, then
Subject(s): Los Angeles


DRAWER OF FISH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He kept drawing fish


DREAM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I continually have dreams of being lost, of asking
Last Line: And then, strangely enough, in a short while the dream is almost %forgotten


DREAMLESSLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Old grey-haired waitresses
Last Line: Of my fellow %creatures


DRIESER WASN'T SO HOT EITHER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He is really a nice fellow
Last Line: Let us bless the %gods and everything %else.'


DRILL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Our marriage book
Last Line: Fields? I suppose I %will


DRINK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The saddest bar I was ever
Last Line: And that was %that


DRIVE THROUGH HELL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The people are weary, unhappy and frustrated, the people are


DRIVING TEST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drivers %in defense and anger


DRUNK TANK JUDGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
Last Line: We walk and we drive away from the %courthouse. %justice


DRUNK WITH THE BUDDHA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The typewriter now hums and roars like an old %washing machine
Last Line: You're just as %fucked up as I %am... Right? %right, he %laughs...%I type on %scattering any number


DRYING OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We buy the scandal sheets at the supermarket
Last Line: Kick the shit out of half of tokyo


DUCK AND FORGET IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Today at the track
Last Line: I keep him %away


DUMMY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We've lived together 3 or
Last Line: Now that's settled


EACH MAN'S HELL IS DIFFERENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get reports about a dear friend in
Last Line: Never knowing %what you might have %been


EAGLE OF THE HEART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What will they be writing about 2000 years from
Last Line: Shadows %of %hell


EAT YOUR HEART OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've come by, she says, to tell you
Last Line: I close the door


EATING MY SENIOR CITIZEN'S DINNER AT THE SIZZLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Between 2 and 5 p.M. Any day and any time on sunday and
Last Line: Daddy, make me love %you...'


EDDIE AND EVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know %I sat on the same barstool in philadelphia for
Last Line: It was all I had left to do


EDITH SENT US, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You just get home from the track after losing
Last Line: The first drink, as always, is the best


EDITOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He sat in the kitchen - at the breakfastnook table
Last Line: Beer - in the %dark


EDUCATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At that small inkwell desk


EDWARD SBRAGIA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Puffing on tiny cigarette butts as the world washes to the
Last Line: World washes to the %shore


EGG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's 17. %mother, he said, how do I crack an
Last Line: And try to stay out of %arguments


ELVIS LIVES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The boy was going to take the bus out
Last Line: Then he dropped the %first %one


EMBRACERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I always meet these gregarious
Last Line: The masses at the age %of 4


EMILY BUKOWSKI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My grandmother always attended the sunrise
Last Line: She wasn't very %interesting %but few people %are


EMPTY GOBLET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She said to me: 'you got drunk and told mother
Last Line: And pours much too slow


END OF A SHORT AFFAIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I tried it standing up
Last Line: Bathroom, even faster %than sperm


END OF AN ERA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Parties at my place were


EPILOGUE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fante gone to hollywood
Last Line: Big white %pill


ESCAPE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The day you were starving and watching the
Last Line: Nothing else made any %sense at %all


ESCAPE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The best part was


ESCAPE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Escape from the black widow spider
Last Line: I've escaped. I view the other %webs


EULOGY TO A HELL OF A DAME --, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some dogs who sleep at night
Last Line: This dog %still %dreams about


EVALUATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've seen 70,000 horse races
Last Line: A fellow had to keep his %hand in the %action


EVALUATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh yes, I'm a good guy
Last Line: This more than difficult world


EVENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Earlier tonight %there was a fire in the
Last Line: Turned on the radio %for something new


EVERYBODY TALKS TOO MUCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When %the cop pulled me


EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Putting on your torn clothes in an old new orleans roominghouse
Last Line: You couldn't argue with him about that


EVERYWHERE, EVERYWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Amazing, how grimly we hold onto our misery
Last Line: There is nothing here for death to %take away


EYELESS THROUGH SPACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's no longer any good, sucker, they've
Last Line: In the dark %going nowhere


FACE OF A POLITICAL CANDIDATE ON A STREET BILLBOARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There he is:
Last Line: He'll be elected


FACT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Careful poetry
Last Line: To %die %safely


FAIR STAND THE FIELDS OF FRANCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the awesome strumming of no
Last Line: I love you


FALL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a preacher on a uhf channel
Last Line: The photo of john wayne blushed


FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Car on its side in the moonlight
Last Line: In the brilliant and lovely %moonlight


FALL OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They are closing the auto plants
Last Line: With an all-american %cast


FAME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: John marlowe and his agent david hudson had been taking turns at thewheel
Last Line: Dave had always wanted a new mercedes. Now he had one. For awhile anyhow


FAME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some want it, I don't want it, I
Last Line: Is a bigger fool than %his %following


FAMOUS WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was a mailman
Last Line: And then I felt somewhat better %but not %entirely, hardly %so


FAN LETTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mr. Chinaski, you probably get many letters
Last Line: Bathtub and ruminate. %yrs., %billy (chips) weatherton


FAN LETTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I been readin' you for a long time now
Last Line: Eat now %so goodbye %dora


FANTE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every now and themn it comes back to
Last Line: Ah, no need for that %bulldog


FAREWELL MY LOVELY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She keeps coming back
Last Line: Maybe fifteen minutes


FAST LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She threw all my clothes out the front door
Last Line: I'd check the rear view mirror %on the way


FAST TRACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Jesus christ %the horses again
Last Line: And get back %to work


FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At one time
Last Line: Is now %no longer famous


FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father was a practical man
Last Line: And saved on hospital %bills


FEAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He walks up to my volks
Last Line: On a rainy wednesday %night


FEAR AND MADNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Barricaded here on the 2nd floor
Last Line: I am in a small room again


FEEL OF IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A. Huxley dies at 69
Last Line: Like %be %damned


FEELING FAIRLY GOOD TONIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou shalt not fail as a writer
Last Line: These words indented into the guts %of %time


FELLOW COUNTRYMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the track
Last Line: For a pretzel and a beer


FIELD EXERCISES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is what they called them in the
Last Line: And many of us %went


FIGHT ON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pretty boy was tiring
Last Line: And I thought about the %fight again


FIGHTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hemingway feels it from the grave
Last Line: And you were %too %no matter %what they say %now
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


FILM MAKERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't shoot pool, don't want
Last Line: People who hang around %celluloid %usually %are


FINAL SCORE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the track today
Last Line: He did to %himself %happy %journey


FINAL STORY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: God, there he is drunk again


FINAL WORD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There he was in that room %beached %under that white sheet
Last Line: It hung there %in the sky as %the fat belly of heaven %laughed: %'bitterness'


FINAL WORD ON NO FINAL WORDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Near the end of the interview he leaned forward and
Last Line: Then they were gone with their asses that needed saving %even worse than mine


FINEST OF THE BREED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's nothing to


FINGER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The drivers of automobiles
Last Line: What a hell of a way %to not %live


FINGERNAILS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The nurse looked at


FINGERNAILS; NOSTRILS; SHOELACES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The gas line is leaking, the bird is out


FINGERNAILS; NOSTRILS; SHOELACES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The gas line is leaking, the bird is out of the
Last Line: The eyes look at me, love breaks my %bones and I %laugh


FINIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Those times are gone now
Last Line: The last race is here


FINIS II, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We all falter, give way, want to
Last Line: Thinking again of the mad and %drunken %years


FINISHED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The ball comes up to the
Last Line: Hell yes,' I say, 'anything %on tv'


FINISHED?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The critics now have me
Last Line: I have no intention of %quitting short %or late %or satisfied


FIRE STATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We came out of the bar
Last Line: Harry the horse and the corner %newsboy


FIRST LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At one time
Last Line: I had it all %and %I took it


FIRST ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After she died
Last Line: I paid and walked out on the %boulevard and never looked back


FISHERMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He comes out at 7:30 a.M.Every day
Last Line: And waits for dinner


FLASHING OF THE ODDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Parking lot attendant, bobby, was funny
Last Line: And the day went %on


FLAT TIRE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Got a flat on the freeway
Last Line: Sliced into the %sky


FLIGHT TIME TO NOWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are sitting together in the airport bar
Last Line: Here at the bottom of the page


FLOOR JOB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She has a new apartment
Last Line: I hear soft sounds from the night outside %and I am happy


FLOPHOUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: You haven't lived
Last Line: And cold / out / here
Subject(s): Flop-houses


FLOPHOUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You haven't lived
Last Line: It's dark %and cold %out %here
Subject(s): Flop-houses


FLOSS, BRUSH AND FLUSH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting, talking through the
Last Line: I am a joke told %again %I sleep


FLOWER LOVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the valkerie mountains
Last Line: Killed a %peacock %instead


FLYING THROUGH SPACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In jr. High school I was %coming out of the %sissy stage %and developing into
Last Line: Finishing that, %I walked off toward %the shower %room, feeling the %wonder %and confusion %behind %


FOLLOWING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The phone rang at 1:30 a.M.


FOOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sat in that cheap hotel room
Last Line: A lighter %or her next %move


FOOL DINES OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am with others, including my wife, it is a dark and
Last Line: Horribly, didn't I know how to act in public %and I won't %reply


FOOLING MARIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He met her at the quarterhorse races, a strawberry


FOR A MAN WHO WALKS AROUND MY TYPEWRITER VERY OFTEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'd piss on the moon and light a cigarette
Last Line: I'm not france %but if I were france %I'd call myself %celine


FOR AL --, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't worry about rejections, pard,
Last Line: The phone has only rung once %wrong number


FOR JANE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 225 days under grass


FOR MARILYN M., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slipping keenly into bright ashes
Last Line: I raise my drink a full minute %and smile


FOR MY IVY LEAGUE FRIENDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many of those I met on the reading circuit or heard about on


FOR SOME FRIENDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sound of cunning
Last Line: Ah, my friends %my friends %my friends


FOR THE CONCERNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you get married they think you're


FOR THE FOXES, THE DEFAMERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't feel sorry for me


FOR THE LADY WHO HATES IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The typewriter is like another head %with a lucky brain
Last Line: It will take care %of damn near %everything %except %death and %bad %women


FOR THE LITTLE ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's downstairs singing, playing her
Last Line: As if magic had %become normal


FOR THE MERCY-MONGERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is justified %all dying is justified
Last Line: Lifts up its %color


FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T WAIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting here at age 72 thinking about possibly being
Last Line: In spite of you, %goodbye


FORGET IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, listen, when I die I don't want any crying, just get the


FORTY YEARS AGO IN THAT HOTEL ROOM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Off of union avenue, 3 a.M., jane and I had been


FOUR YOUNG GANG-BANGERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know how women can get
Last Line: You're certainly right,' %I replied


FOURTEEN DOLLARS AND THIRTY-TWO CENTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hair in the soup
Last Line: De sade grins in the %dark


FRACTIONAL NOTE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The flowers are burning


FREAKY TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The lady down at the end of the bar keeps looking at
Last Line: The next bar: knew it all along: she was a %whore


FREE COFFEE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was on the telephone and he said, look, I'm with
Last Line: As if she had been frozen for rebirth at a better time


FREE DINNER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was still the starving writer when I met this beautiful
Last Line: And my beautiful rich educated lady was gone %forever


FREEWAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The seven suns dimmed into one
Last Line: Exploded into a %beautiful %day


FREEWAY LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some fool kept blocking me and I finally got around him, and


FRIEND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's curious: getting old and %older, still drinking, gambling,playing
Last Line: Oh, hell %yes...' %I walk upstairs gladly to %shave and %primp %up


FRIENDS WITHIN THE DARKNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can remember starving in a


FROM AN OLD DOG IN HIS CUPS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, my friend, it's awful, worse


FROZEN FOOD SECTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He'd been fighting it for years
Last Line: You're going to %forget the %paprika...'


FUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She pulled her dress of
Last Line: I try it %again


FULL CIRCLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sanford liked to play dirty
Last Line: One more dirty trick in a dirty trick %world


FULL MOON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Red flower of love
Last Line: I draw upon my cigarette


FUNGOES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hit 'em high, %make the fielder go back for it
Last Line: Bastards like that really %get on my nerves


FUNNY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes you are liked for all the wrong
Last Line: While I sat %demeaned and %depressed


FUNNY GUY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Schopenhauer couldn't abide the masses


FUNNY MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Mr. Geomethel liked to hold saturday afternoon parties


FUNNY?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As my wife never understands my
Last Line: To david letterman


FUZZ, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 3 small boys run toward me
Last Line: And %3 %candy bars


GALLERY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Saw this photo of


GALLON OF GAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shit, said wren, we're out of gas
Last Line: Skipping through the brush


GAMBLERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The young boys at the track, what are they doing here?
Last Line: We can't stick them into a uniform just yet %but wait a while


GARBAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had taken a tremendous beating


GARDEN TALK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The great blaze of noon,' said
Last Line: To get away %from %all of them


GAY PAREE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The cafes in paris are just like you imagine


GENIUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He %usually wore a vest and
Last Line: Glad %when he left


GENIUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This man sometimes forgets who
Last Line: Out %but %himself


GENTLEMAN AND THE BASTARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The l.A. Rams in those days had
Last Line: To any ram %games %since


GERMAN BAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had lost the last race big
Last Line: Nobody wins. %ask caesar


GET CLOSE ENOUGH AND YOU CAN'T SEE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At this time
Last Line: Like %to my %ladies


GETTING MY MONEY'S WORTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The water was cold and filled with bits of seaweed
Last Line: The good life of the california %sportsman


GETTING OLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am watering the front patch %when I see a neighbor across the street
Last Line: There it is: %more drug-related %murders %nothing like that %in my day %no way


GIGANTIC THIRST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Benn on ant bodies for almost 6 months, baby, ta cure a case
Last Line: Now, you talk and I'll %listen


GINSBERG?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sitting in the clubhouse
Last Line: Feeling good %just like a gardener %should %out on a gambling night %after a row with %his woman


GIRL ON THE BUS STOP BENCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw her when I was in the left lane
Last Line: And %wrote this poem


GIRLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to spend 3 days a week
Last Line: Until the next %time


GIRLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been looking at
Last Line: Through %5 years' %worth


GIRLS AND THE BIRDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The girls were young %and worked the %streets %but often couldn't %score, they
Last Line: Watching my grandmother's canaries %make droppings %into their seed and into their water and the can


GIRLS AT THE GREEN HOTEL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are more beautiful than
Last Line: There'll be some %laughs %tonight


GIRLS COMING HOME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The girls are coming home in their cars
Last Line: Around here %at 5:35 p.M


GIRLS FROM NOWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The girls from nowhere came
Last Line: And they %did %it


GIRLS IN PANTYHOSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Schoolgirls in pantyhose
Last Line: But the bus will %get them first


GIRLS WE FOLLOWED HOME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The girls we once followed home are
Last Line: Bright dresses %I remember


GLASGOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you mean in scotland?
Last Line: Hard-on since %1968


GLENN MILLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Long ago


GLOOMY LADY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sits up there
Last Line: Before she writes %her poems


GOD'S MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were 10 or 11 years old
Last Line: The light changed and %we crossed %over


GODS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sit here on the 2nd floor
Last Line: The gods smile down


GOING AWAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Down through the last door
Last Line: Past the last %last %word


GOING ON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Down at north avenue 21 you just slept on the floor and


GOING OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sweet slide of the luger
Last Line: Shut %hard %pal


GOLD IN YOUR EYE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got into my bmw and drove down to my bank to %pick up my american express gol
Last Line: A man can only be a creative %genius %at the very %edge %even though they never had the %guts to %tr


GOLD POCKET WATCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My grandfather was a tall german
Last Line: And I, we know each %other


GOLDFISH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My goldfish stares with watery eyes
Last Line: That we are the same?
Subject(s): Goldfish


GONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It left like the ladies of old


GONE AWAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They were not quite looking at one
Last Line: Slammed the door %behind him


GOOD GANG, AFTER ALL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I keep hearing from the old dogs


GOOD JOB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some jobs you like
Last Line: Good enough %right %then


GOOD LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A house with 7 or 8 people
Last Line: Want to speak to %allan


GOOD LOSER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Red race %texas %and age
Last Line: He's got nothing to do


GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: $250,000 home, swimming pool, tennis court


GOOD NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Music of the worm
Last Line: And flying fish will still continue to %fly


GOOD OLD MACHINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was 50 years old when this fellow %took me out of the common labor%market
Last Line: That's not saying much %for my thankfulness %writers, my friend, can sometimes %only write


GOOD ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get too many
Last Line: I liked that %phone call


GOOD SHOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rena had 30 pairs of high-heeled shoes on the floor
Last Line: Frederick's isn't the same without her


GOOD SOUL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's not enough that he's one of
Last Line: Come here and %bite %this


GOOD TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now look, she said, stretched out on the bed, I don't want


GOOD TIME GIRL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You had your crowd
Last Line: Parties, you son of a %bitch!


GOOD TIMES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had been sad and hungover
Last Line: The year was 1953 and she was very proud


GOODBYE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Goodbye hemingway goodbye celine (you died on the same day)
Last Line: I'm drinking an extra bottle of wine for you %tonight


GRACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The lady is passing with the tray
Last Line: Tired of death, you %tried like that


GRASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the window %I watch a man with a
Last Line: Flat on their spring backs %and smiling


GRAVEL OF SUNLIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fourhundredthousanddogs tangle in my brain among the kelp and seaweed
Last Line: Like a snail dropping from a leaf leav us alone we are fine we %knew more than the books %we gave it


GREAT ESCAPE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know what li po said when asked if he'd rather be an
Last Line: Pissed-on, %diddled


GREAT JAZZ, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You keep getting an idea
Last Line: Last, at last, at %last


GREAT SHOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I went to visit my friend
Last Line: To have bacon with %her %eggs


GREAT SLOB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was always a natural slob %I liked to lay upon the bed
Last Line: They seemed to also:always leaving %but almost %always %coming %back


GREATEST ACTOR OF OUR DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's getting fatter and fatter
Last Line: Like %everybody %else


GREEK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The guy in the front court can't
Last Line: I have fastened to him already


GREEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've been drunk in front of cracked bathroom mirrors
Last Line: Close enough %all by %itself


GROUNDER TO THE SHORTSTOP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ten minutes left to get the word down
Last Line: Let the gods rattle somebody %else's venetian %blinds. %good night


GUAVA TREE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ilay with my white belly up to the sun under the pineapple
Last Line: Celebrating under this pineapple guava tree just %before noon


GUESS WHO?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She pased from one important man
Last Line: With all the gold %in her teeth


GUEST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We got drunk
Last Line: Barked about nothing


GUILLOTINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I knew my black friend long ago when we both worked in the same pit of agony
Last Line: And he'd slam his drink down %as disgusted with the living and the dead as I %was


GUITAR PLAYER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He came from south carolina
Last Line: It made them think %of home %and rex %says %'hello.'


GURU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Big black beard
Last Line: Dinky dog of %terror


HAND-OUTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I am hit
Last Line: In %and %give


HANDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm not even drinking
Last Line: Yesterday I was %very %depressed


HANDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am a fairly large man


HANGING THERE ON THE WALL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to look across the room
Last Line: A painting nobody would ever see %except me


HANGOVERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've probably had more of them
Last Line: Nobody %but myself %amen


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When wagner was an
Last Line: Does have some %virtue


HAPPY LIFE OF THE TIRED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Neatly in tune with
Last Line: It's so %muggy


HARD TIMES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As I got out of my car down at the docks


HARD TIMES ON CARLTON WAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Somebody else was killed last night
Last Line: The 12 dead roses look at me


HARDLY NIRVANA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look, I asked the waiter, don't you have %beer in a bottle?
Last Line: Sunday nights in san pedro %aren't very %much


HAWLEY'S LEAVING TOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This guy %he's got a crazy eye
Last Line: We know something


HE ALSO FLOSSES EVERY DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The strangler has %murdered and sexually molested
Last Line: Brown sneakers with black %shoelaces. %happy new %year


HE BEATS HIS WOMEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know, writers will arrive and knock on


HE EVEN LOOKED LIKE A NICE GUY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He packaged it up neatly in different sections
Last Line: It was very strange


HE KNOWS US ALL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hell crawls through the window
Last Line: Off looking for you, %my friend?


HEAT WAVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Another one
Last Line: Written in the 19th %century


HELL HATH NO FURY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was in her orange volks waiting
Last Line: I got into the orange volks and we %drove off together


HELL IS A CLOSED DOOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Even when starving
Last Line: As hard as a %writer


HELL IS A LONELY PLACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was 65, his wife was 66, had %alzheimer's disease
Last Line: Ross %and his wife %anatana %who studied %ballet %they looked like another %upwardly mobile %pair


HELL IS NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun was rather diminished
Last Line: In the year of our %lord


HELL YES, I'LL GO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am standing around the track after the first race
Last Line: Always been a war


HELLO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes even writing doesn't help
Last Line: Your other keyboard. %hello, there


HELLO, BARBARA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 25 years ago
Last Line: Guys like me %seldom %do


HELLO, HAMSUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After two-and-one-half bottles
Last Line: Swimming upward %sideways %down


HELP WANTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a crazed young man and then found this book written


HELPING THE OLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was standing in line at the bank today


HEMINGWAY NEVER DID THIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I read that he lost a suitcase full of manuscripts on a
Last Line: And / mine
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


HEMINGWAY NEVER DID THIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I read that he lost a suitcase full of manuscripts on a
Last Line: Let's hope so, for your sake %and %mine
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


HEMINGWAY'S SHADOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met the famous writer but he had walked into all the
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


HERE I AM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drunk at 3 a.M. At the bottom of my 2nd bottle
Last Line: Me %later %for you


HERE WE GO AGAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked out to my car
Last Line: And cat food and maybe onions too


HERO AND THE SHORTSTOP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The babe would get drunk and dangle rabbit
Last Line: About it, and then you have %all the others


HEY DOLLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She left me 5 weeks ago and went to utah
Last Line: And they drove away toward the west. I'm sure it was %her, this time


HEY, EZRA, LISTEN TO THIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think I learned much about writing when
Last Line: When to go wild %and how


HEY, HEY, HEY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes it's bad or just ordinary
Last Line: Crawl the walls of your %brain


HIGHSCHOOL GIRLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The girls used to say to me: you're so
Last Line: That they just wore it all %out


HISTORY OF A TOUGH MOTHERFUCKER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He came to the door one night wet thin beaten and
Last Line: He too knows it's bullshit but that somehow it all helps


HOCK SHOPS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Were always alright with me
Last Line: All right %with me


HOG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He couldn't get the puck into the net
Last Line: He knew his job


HOLD ON, IT'S A BELLY LAUGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It would be good to get
Last Line: What you %flush %away


HOLLYWOOD RANCH MARKET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was 32 years younger
Last Line: Fix the streets anymore


HOOKERS, THE MADMEN AND THE DOOMED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Today at the track
Last Line: And we all went on about our business


HOORAY SAY THE ROSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hooray say the roses, today is blamesday
Last Line: And that is why you like us


HORSE AND FIST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Boxing matches and the racetracks
Last Line: And the last flash of the %tote


HORSE FLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The pimpled young man with his cap on backwards
Last Line: As he checked his program %I walked %off


HORSE WITH GREENBLUE EYES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What you see is what you see
Last Line: And the oranges and apples %roll away


HORSEMEAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I park, get out, lock the car, it's a perfect day, warm and
Last Line: Many of the other pieces %which followed


HORSEPLAYER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: How strange it is on
Last Line: Still can't be %stopped


HORSESHIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The horse stood in the yard and
Last Line: October and all the poor had left town except me


HORSESHOE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgot I had a dental appointment the next day %and in the early a.M.
Last Line: As far to the south the ocean %roared %and far to the north %the mountains didn't %care


HOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was hot, she was so hot
Last Line: And got into the hot %water


HOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's fire in the fingers and there's fire in the shoes and there's


HOT DOG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Almost every time %after we started in
Last Line: With eyes as beautiful %as those on that dog


HOT MONTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Got 3 women coming down in
Last Line: The works of %de sade


HOUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They are building a house
Last Line: And return to my room


HOW COME YOU'RE NOT UNLISTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The men phone and ask me that
Last Line: But the inspiration is there


HOW DO THEY GET YOUR NUMBER?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The dogs of hell have claws like cats
Last Line: For you somewhere! Ha, ha, ha...'


HOW I GOT STARTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It has taken me decades to realize


HOW IS YOUR HEART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: During my worst times


HOW TO BE A GREAT WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You've got to fuck a great many women
Last Line: And if there's not %that's all right %too


HOW TO GET RID OF THE PURISTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Several months ago I was sent some tapes
Last Line: They certainly must be %something %real


HUG THE DARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Turmoil is the god
Last Line: Stay away from god %remain disturbed %slide


HUGE EAR RINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I go to pick her up
Last Line: Now she puts on her %mascara as we %drive along


HUH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In %germany france italy


HUH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dead in my shoes, scooped empty
Last Line: Meanwhile, a good night's %sleep will %do


HUMMINGBIRD CHANCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Held to this life, neatly, walking free or caged
Last Line: We're held to this, held to this, held to %this, %held


HUNCHBACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Moments of agony and moments of glory
Last Line: But not dead yet


HUNGER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been hungry many times
Last Line: I closed my mouth and kept walking


HUNK OF ROCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nina was the hardest of them
Last Line: Blazing %in the %lamplight


HUSTLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The readings in those college towns were hell
Last Line: It was just like being back %home


HYMN FROM THE HURRICANE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Paid my dues in macon, went crazy in tennessee
Last Line: As is the yellow thumping of the sun and the glory of the world


I AM A REASONABLE MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had flown a thousand miles to see her
Last Line: Just for old time's %sake


I AM CHASTISED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was driving the car
Last Line: I told the waitress, %'now.'


I AM DEAD BUT I KNOW THE DEAD ARE NOT LIKE THIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The dead can sleep
Last Line: From frogs and fortunes


I AM KNOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's a bad day at the %track: I've made some %unfortunate plays
Last Line: Well, somewhere over the rainbow %bluebirds fly %and I hope they shit %all over %him


I BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The great editor said he wanted to meet me


I CAN'T STAY IN THE SAME ROOM WITH THAT WOMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I went over the other day
Last Line: The remainder of the day was bound to be better


I CAN'T STOP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: People keep telling me
Last Line: This is just another %boring poem


I DIDN'T WANT TO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was always a bad typist and I never learned to spell
Last Line: I should have loved her more than I did but I didn't want to


I DON'T CARE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't do it anymore, any of it, I'm turning in my
Last Line: Now, there's an art I can still handle


I DON'T WANT CLEOPATRA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am always exposing myself
Last Line: Be faithful to the end


I FALL INTO IT WITHOUT TRYING..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She confessed to me
Last Line: And waited for it %to end


I HAVE SHIT STAINS IN MY UNDERWEAR TOO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I hear them outside
Last Line: 25 foot flames licking toward %doom


I HAVE THIS ROOM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have this room up here where I sit alone
Last Line: In this room up here


I HEAR ALL THE LATEST HIT TUNES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere in whatever neighborhood
Last Line: Son-of-a-bitch what suffering is


I INHERIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old guy next door died
Last Line: Hell out of my way!


I KNOW YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You with long hair, legs crossed high, sitting at the end of
Last Line: You tiresome daughter-of-a-bitch, come on in, the door is %open


I LIKE YOUR BOOKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the betting line the other %day %man behind me asked are you henry %chinask
Last Line: He was not there: %lost another reader %I lose 2 or 3 each %week %fine %let 'em go back to %kafka


I LIKED HIM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I liked d. H. Lawrence
Last Line: With his worm-hole eyes


I LOVE YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I opened the oor of this shanty and there she lay
Last Line: At the first %bar


I MADE A MISTAKE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I reached up into the top of the closet
Last Line: Wondering where the good luck %went


I MEET A VEGETARIAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They had ten cents hot dog night
Last Line: Turned and faced the toteboard, %she laughed


I MEET THE FAMOUS POET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This poet had long been famous


I MET A GENIUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met a genius on the train
Last Line: It was the first time I'd %realized %that


I MIGHT GET TRADED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They sent the old second baseman
Last Line: It looks like %a slow night in %san pedro


I THOUGHT THE STUFF TASTED WORSE THAN USUAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to drink with jane


I USED TO FEEL SORRY FOR HENRY MILLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When he got old he stopped writing, dabbled with
Last Line: Away at the racetrack


I WANT A MERMAID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Speaking about going crazy
Last Line: Plate glass window %and wait


I WANTED TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT ..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 30 dogs, 20 men on 20 horses and one fox
Last Line: And knew that soon very soon I would have to get %very drunk again


I WAS GLAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was glad I had money in the savings and loan
Last Line: I was glad I had money in the savings and loan


I WAS HER LOVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's my turn now up through the green wave
Last Line: And she turned her back and walked away


I'LL HAVE IT TO GO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The mass of damnation slugs the senses let alone the streets of
Last Line: Contact the gas company to have your service %restored


I'LL SEND YOU A POSTCARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This guy says that for $845 I can
Last Line: Nobody who goes %will be


I'LL TAKE IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Maybe I'm going crazy, that's all right


I'M A FAILURE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I locked my car door
Last Line: You just didn't know how to do %things,' she answered


I'M GETTING BACK TO WHERE I WAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to take the back off
Last Line: Eyes to knock out %the sun


I'M IN LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's young, she said
Last Line: And all my poems were %false


I'M NOT A MISOGYNIST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: More and more


I'VE SEEN TOO MANY GLAZED-EYED BUMS SITTING UNDER A BRIDGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You sit on the couch
Last Line: I'll surely go %first the last %way


ICECREAM PEOPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The lady has me temporarily off the bottle
Last Line: The icecream people make me feel good, %inside and out


IDEAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The waxmans, she said
Last Line: Uh huh, I said in honor of %the dead


IDIOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I believe the thought came to me
Last Line: In the city of %los angeles


IF YOU LET THEM KILL YOU, THEY WILL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fletcher was a kick in the balls, kept telling me how intelligent hewas
Last Line: And then I drank to the old %man %this old man, %who'd finally found out %how to be %kind to %himsel


IGLOO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: His name was eddie and he had a
Last Line: Had managed to %break eddie's leg


ILL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Being very ill and very weak is a very strange
Last Line: Just like everybody %else


IMAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He sits in the chair across from me
Last Line: I'm parked now


IMAGINATION AND REALITY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are many single women in the world
Last Line: One of those coffee cups without him %jumping out


IMMORTAL WINO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Li po, I keep thinking of you as I %empty these bottles of wine
Last Line: As I pour a %full glass of %this beautiful red wine %to you


IMMORTALS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old jazz place
Last Line: Between sets %their sets


IN A NEIGHBORHOOD OF MURDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The roaches spit out
Last Line: We presume %by the %cats


IN AND OUT OF THE DARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My wife likes movie houses, the popcorn and softdrinks, the
Last Line: The light changes and we escape %forward


IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He had velvet eyes and trouble with paul goodman %and his gang
Last Line: But his was a %grievous life %at best


IN ERROR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A warrior
Last Line: Into %the %house


IN OTHER WORDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The egyptians loved the cat
Last Line: We may try to do to spoil it


IN THE BOTTOM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the bottom of the hour
Last Line: And the next to last line %and then the last


IN THE CENTER OF THE ACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You have to lay down like an animal
Last Line: Lay down and wait like %an animal


IN THE LOBBY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw him sitting in a lobby chair
Last Line: And I was angry enough to swear


IN THE MOUTH OF THE TIGER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The rivers of hell are well
Last Line: I would have nobody be %me %now


IN THE SHADOW OF THE ROSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Branching out, grubbing down
Last Line: Turn out the lights and %wait


IN THIS CAGE SOME SONGS ARE BORN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I write poetry, worry, smile
Last Line: We are nothing more


IN THIS CITY NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wives' heads are
Last Line: The rest %of it too


IN TRANSIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The french border guard had a black waxed
Last Line: Out there, truly %refreshing


INACTIVE VOLCANO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The bartenderat musso's
Last Line: Wait %and %see


INDEPENDENCE DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was the 4th of july and I was
Last Line: Go easy, I am one tough %son of a bitch


INDIAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old indian in texas
Last Line: Yeah, I think it's good, %I told him


INSANE ALWAYS LOVED ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: And the subnormal
Last Line: He grins at %me


INSANITY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes there's a crazy one in the street
Last Line: Remember that christ also was insane


INSPECTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a small dusty town in east texas
Last Line: The parade could %begin


INTELLECTUAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She writes %continually %like a long nozzle
Last Line: As if %it hadn't happened


INTERLUDE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was on western avenue
Last Line: Ducking my head down %into the night


INTERLUDE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's been raining forever here
Last Line: Then I'll snap out of it. %maybe


INTERVIEW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are you getting mellow? He asked
Last Line: Turning off the tape machine


INTERVIEW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What would you do if you had 5 minutes to
Last Line: He looked pretty %satisfied


INTERVIEWERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The interviewers come around
Last Line: Anything behind so you %have to %come back


INTERVIEWS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Young men from the underground
Last Line: Some fried chicken %buk


INVASION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I didn't know that


INVITATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hey chinaski
Last Line: When in doubt %pass out


IRON MIKE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We talk about this film
Last Line: Are never finally the %teeth of love


IT GOT AWAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lost another poem
Last Line: Waiting for %the big %one


IT'S A SHAME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A great mind and a good body seldom go
Last Line: As the snail comes crawling home %to manna


IT'S ALL SO CLEARLY SIMPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The night the dogs came by to say


IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some university profs
Last Line: Living, dying or about to be %bvorn, uh %huh


IT'S DIFFICULT WHEN BANANAS EAT MONKEYS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's partly the burning and it's partly the muddy
Last Line: When he should be %guillotined


IT'S FUNNY, ISN'T IT?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Switching the tv channels %endlessly %you get %all the faces
Last Line: These are not %my people %where have %my people %gone?


IT'S FUNNY, ISN'T IT? #1, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were standing around


IT'S FUNNY, ISN'T IT? #2, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When we were kids


IT'S OURS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is always that space there


IT'S SLOW TONIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, here I sit again
Last Line: Fools forever. %gladly. %now


IT'S STRANGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's strange when famous people die
Last Line: We become troubled


IT'S THE WAY YOU PLAY THE GAME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Call it love
Last Line: Into the hydrangea


JACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Jack with the long hair
Last Line: Sliding down the beanstalk


JACK-KNIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As you see the large
Last Line: And we move onto %the boulevard


JACKALS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the years went on I seemed to have more luck
Last Line: Not a jackal in %sight


JAM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: That harbor freeway south through the downtown
Last Line: Somehow, maybe %to %die


JANE AND PRINCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We all lived together
Last Line: I like it %very much


JANUARY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here %you see this


JEFFERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: His blood-smearded horizons %his hawks casting shadows of %doom
Last Line: His gigantic crushed earth %bellows %against dumb %time


JOCKEY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Warming up blue mongoose on the backstretch before the last race
Last Line: He felt her walking up behind him. He waited and looked at the lights %of the city


JOHN DILLINGER AND LE CHASSEUR MAUDIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's unfortunate, and simply not the style, but I don't care
Last Line: And the end of the sun, %I sometimes look


JOHN DILLINGER MARCHES ON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sometimes write about the 30's because
Last Line: But I'm still hardly tempted to %adore %them


JOKE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It often happens when the party is
Last Line: No wait, I've forgotten %it %you're %lucky


JON EDGAR WEBB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had a lyric poem period down in new orleans, pounding


JOURNEY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is this fellow in the netherlands who keeps sending
Last Line: Fast the bottle empties ... Among your photos ... The %dark luck is good


JUNK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting in a dark bedroom with 3 junkies
Last Line: This is %some of it


JUNKIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She shoots up in the neck, she told
Last Line: And not much chance for anybody


JUST ANOTHER BAD AFFIAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Paris %is the place you've heard about
Last Line: Let us quietly %say goodbye


JUST TRYING TO GET A LITTLE SERVICE ...., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am drinking beer %I have a table to the side and waiting for my order
Last Line: I take another %hit of my beer: %something's always %after a man


JUSTICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You take the train from


K.O., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was easy, fat as a hummingbird
Last Line: I always was a poor winner


KENYON REVIEW AND OTHER MATTERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was good being young but I didn't know it, a starving
Last Line: I walked into %them


KID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Had trouble hitting left
Last Line: Right in the %race %come %september


KILLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Consistency is terrific
Last Line: Falls upon flowers


KILLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was one of those days
Last Line: Drinking jack daniels %with beer %chasers


KILLER GETS READY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was a good one
Last Line: 8 or 10 miles -- %was perfect


KILLER SMILES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old girl friends still phone
Last Line: I always hang up %justified


KILLING LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Minor and trivial complaints
Last Line: Sits in the corner %smiling


KISS-OFF, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was one of those
Last Line: Around, we all came all %around


KNIFER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You knifed me, he said, you told pink eagle
Last Line: Innocence and I might consider %yours


KRUTZ, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was in mannheim when my agent phoned me
Last Line: Feeling better %but not %much


LA FEMME FINIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once a fine poetess
Last Line: Why she hasn't %written lately


LACK OF ALMOST EVERYTHING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The essence of the belly
Last Line: Palm springs and tell her %what's wrong


LADIES OF SUMMER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The ladies of summer will die like the rose
Last Line: Before taking them


LADIES' MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There were knocks at my door at 3 or 4 a.M.
Last Line: The other half was letting it happen


LADY AND THE MOUNTAIN LION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was hardly a wilderness area
Last Line: A truly beautiful %animal


LADY IN RED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: People went into vacant lots and pulled up greens to cook
Last Line: Non-bullshit time, especially after we got rid of herbert hoover


LADY IN THE CASTLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She lived in this house


LADY POET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was 7 or 8 years ago
Last Line: Or even %wants to?


LADY WHO LOOKS YOUNG FOREVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is in trouble
Last Line: But have cheer: she'll never %die: film lasts longer than we%do


LADY WITH SOME FRENCH WINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I picked up the phone, answered as her voice rushed
Last Line: She was absolutely %right


LAID UP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Eddie in the back court, I knew his wife
Last Line: And while the helicopters were flying overhead, eddie with the %sleeping sickness


LAST CALL (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is it, sucker, the dead nightingale
Last Line: Quite %not quite %not %not %quite


LAST CALL (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Totally written out at 2 a.M.
Last Line: Try not to be %them %please


LAST DRINK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Always, this late at night, I %come down to the last drink and
Last Line: And I move toward the bedroom %followed by music and joy %atmy heels: the perfect %last drink %one m


LAST FIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's just a handler
Last Line: Decisions for %that %son-of-a- %bitch


LAST GENERATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was much easier to be a genius in the twenties, there were
Last Line: That was not your best work


LAST HIDING PLACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Say %there's a man named jack and a woman %named nadine
Last Line: The light goes to green as %jack gently shifts and glides forward into %the night


LAST PERSON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My wife doesn't understand %me %I will be driving the car %along
Last Line: Only she's so %close %(nosed pressed flat) %that she can't see %anything %and this is no joke


LAST POETRY READING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Was back east %I had a drink on the plane
Last Line: Bring on the next reading


LAST SEAT AT THE END, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was always studying the wood of the
Last Line: And nothing lost %to the %unexpected


LAST SHOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here we are, once again, the last drink, the last


LAST SONG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Driving the freeway while
Last Line: Is not so important %after %all


LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You stop agonizing for a while
Last Line: This drizzling %suckerfish %nightmare


LATE LATE LATE POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You think about the time in


LATE NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The man on the radio speaks of the
Last Line: Get up to go to the bedroom %to %sleep


LATE PAYMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A rifle bullet across the page and into shakespeare's
Last Line: The last useless word looking for a place to die


LAUGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Best was the time we were driving along after not seeing
Last Line: Legged, immune to me: we've all been cheated


LAUGH A MINUTE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Come on, let's go see him, this old guy is a
Last Line: Is a kick in the %ass


LAUGH LITERARY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, man, don't tell me about the poems you
Last Line: Please read our magazines before %submitting


LAUGHING HEART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your life is your life
Last Line: The gods wait to delight %in %you


LAZY IN SAN PEDRO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Quiet %sunbathing naked in your own backyard
Last Line: Eat apricots, and the typewriter %sits upstairs %alone


LEANING ON WOOD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are 4 or 5 guys at the
Last Line: Wins. Ask %caesar


LEGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Houdini was caught off guard
Last Line: Smattering of applause


LEGS AND WHITE THIGHS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The 3 of us were somewhere
Last Line: Thighs did for us then


LEGS, HIPS AND BEHIND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We liked the priest because once we saw him buy
Last Line: And that madness and sorrow and fear were %almost everywhere


LET 'EM GO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let's let the bombs go


LET IT ENFOLD YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Either peace of happiness
Last Line: He waved %back %at %me


LET IT GO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pissing drunk
Last Line: Can be %quite an %adventure


LET ME TELL YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hell is built
Last Line: In the %morning %hell


LET NOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let not the people be your
Last Line: Searching for %anything


LET NOTHING EVER HAPPEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I drove in for gas and began filling my tank
Last Line: To the worst music I could %find


LET'S MAKE A DEAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In conjunction with


LETTER FROM TOO FAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She wrote me a letter from a small
Last Line: And went to bed


LETTER TO A FRIEND WITH DOMESTIC PROBLEMS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hello carl


LETTERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sits me on the floor
Last Line: Ah, she has a beautiful soul!


LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bunch of guys sitting there drinking and louie
Last Line: Story while I was thinkng up one of my %own


LIBERATED WOMAN AND LIBERATED MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look there. %the one you considered killing yourself for
Last Line: You turn off the engine and %follow her in


LIBERTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was sitting in the window
Last Line: Now she wouldn't worry me about that %for a while


LIFE LIKE A BIG TENDER GLOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Old guy, small, maybe 67 but his hair is
Last Line: Safe from the salt of the grumbling %sun %yea, yea, yea


LIFE OF A BUM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Harry awakened in his bed, hungover. Badly hungover %'shit,' he said lightly
Last Line: As the light turned green, he forgot all about that. He crossed the %street to the other side and co


LIFE OF BORODIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The next time you listen to borodin
Last Line: The next time you listen to borodin, %remember


LIFE OF THE KING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I awaken at 11:30 a.M.
Last Line: Thank him %all the way


LIFEDANCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The area dividing the brain and the soul
Last Line: Some lose both and become: accepted


LIGHT BROWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Light brown stare
Last Line: So very long %ago


LIKE A CHERRY SEED IN THE THROAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Naked in that bright light
Last Line: Good night, sweet %little %motherfucker


LIKE A FLOWER IN THE RAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I cut the middle fingernail of the middle
Last Line: The cole slaw too


LIKE A MOVIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was like a movie. %I got the phone call and picked her up
Last Line: I smiled at her %as she left %and closed the door


LIKE A VIOLET IN THE SNOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the earliest possible day
Last Line: It is better than %the %alternative


LIKE ALL THE YEARS WASTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yesterday drunken alice %gave me
Last Line: We go in %together


LILIES IN MY BRAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The lilies storm my brain
Last Line: And the death of me, you and %the katzenjammer %kids


LIONESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look, the lioness is hungry
Last Line: The lioness is %satisfied and full


LISP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had her for 3 units
Last Line: Still has me typng %love songs


LISZTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: On and on we go
Last Line: Goring %gouging %rafting %grafting %gardening %going %gone


LITERARY ROMANCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met her somehow through correspondence or poetry or magazines
Last Line: Either for love %or for %poetry


LITTLE ATOMIC BOMB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: O, just give me a little atomic bomb
Last Line: Send me one before somebody else %does


LITTLE CAFE ON 6TH STREET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Went in about 1:30 p.M.
Last Line: I might not %go back there %either


LITTLE GIRLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Up in northern california
Last Line: We have not corresponded since


LITTLE SLEEP AND PEACE OF STILLNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you're a man, los angeles is where you hang it up and
Last Line: Which we are both praying and %ready for


LITTLE SPOT OF SENSELESS YELLOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You can't tell me it's the best time for poetry
Last Line: Handle a few times? Or it will just keep running like that forever


LITTLE SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The whores at the all-american burger
Last Line: It hasn't been a very good %winter


LITTLE THEATER IN HOLLYWOOD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They didn't have change for $20 so
Last Line: The drinks had been the best part %of it all


LITTLE TIGERS EVERYWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sam the whorehouse man
Last Line: As do the days and the nights


LIVING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I mean, I just slept
Last Line: Then I took a bath and went back to %bed


LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing ever happened in the mexican bar, I went there
Last Line: And switched from wine to vodka


LOCKED IN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Morning, %it touches the nerves
Last Line: I feed the animals. %it's easy


LOCKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I moved into a new place and decided to change the locks
Last Line: I was at the racetrack as they were coming out %for the 5th race


LONELY AT THE TOP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Marty rang the doorbell and waited and the door opened and a big guy
Last Line: 45, clicked off the safety %catch, lifted the gun and took aim at the damned thing


LONER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 16 and one-half inch
Last Line: I haven't seen either of them %since


LONGSHOT (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's not for you, man
Last Line: A long afternoon %for both of us


LONGSHOT (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of course, I had lost much blood


LOOK BACK, LOOK UP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Was celine married
Last Line: See you at another %time %baby


LOOK HERE!, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All my life %while walking around
Last Line: There's not much else I %can do


LOOKING FOR A JOB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was philly and the bartender said
Last Line: I got over that and I was reading the %want ads again


LOOKING FOR JACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the rest of us, jack didn't always shine too brightly
Last Line: He did piss on barney rosset's shoe %at a party


LOOKING FOR THE HIT MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a lady whose poems I see


LOOSELY LOOSELY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Loosely in the universe, undone
Last Line: Alleluliah! Alleluliah! Alleluliah!


LORD BYRON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He looked like lord byron
Last Line: Milk free drinks %outa


LOST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We can't we can't win it
Last Line: Than doves or switchbrakes or %love


LOST AND THE DESPERATE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was nice to be a boy in a dark movie house
Last Line: Wondering if they'd still be there %when I arrived


LOST GENERATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Have been reading a book about a rich literary lady


LOST SOUL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, they warned me it would happen
Last Line: Move off to the clubhouse


LOUSY MAIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drinking up here, looking out at the lights of
Last Line: Kind at the same %time %how?


LOVE & FAME & DEATH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It sits outside my window now
Last Line: Is to become suddenly %quiet


LOVE (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Answering a letter to somebody in alaska
Last Line: I pick up the phone, say 'hello,' %and %wait


LOVE (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Love, he said, gas
Last Line: He was pretty good %that day


LOVE AND COURAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The one I liked was where cagney
Last Line: All the beatings he has taken %were worthwhile


LOVE FOR THE FIRST WHORE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Anti-women, of course I was, and it's too %bad we must
Last Line: At one time or another %less or more


LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Feet of cheese
Last Line: And lay down in my blue bedroom


LOVE POEM FOR ALL THE WOMEN I HAVE KNOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All the women %all their kisses the
Last Line: Held I have been %held


LOVE POEM TO A STRIPPER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 50 years ago I watched the girls


LOVELY COUPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had to take a shit
Last Line: Sometimes you need %people like that


LOVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At that apartment in east hollywood
Last Line: I hoped that it would be a female voice


LUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Once / we were young / at this / machine / drinking / smoking / typing
Last Line: Closing / space
Subject(s): Luck


LUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What's bad about all
Last Line: People walk by


LUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once %we were young %at this %machine %drinking %smoking %typing
Last Line: Makes each word %drill %into the %paper %clear %fast %hard %feeding a %closing %space
Subject(s): Luck


LUCK OF THE DRAW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After decades and decades of poverty
Last Line: Or sometimes it can take %70 %years


LUCK OF THE WORD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Throughout the years
Last Line: For the reader %and %the writer


LUCK WAS NOT A LADY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Being half-young I sat about the bars
Last Line: I heard the sound of the %engine


LUCKY ONES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Stuck in the rain on the freeway


LUNCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I parked in back %and went in to eat
Last Line: I was at %the freeway %and %on my way


MACHINEGUNS TOWERS & TIMECLOCKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I feel gypped by dunces
Last Line: And rolls over into %another dream


MACHO MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The phone rings. / I answer
Last Line: Donít be a pussy, pep squad. Just come now, he says
Subject(s): Machismo


MACHO MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The phone rings. %I answer
Last Line: Leaps upon the %bedcovers
Subject(s): Machismo


MAD ENOUGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's not exactly clear to me how it started. There had been a $5k
Last Line: By one night and talked about it. I sat and drank through the night %he didn't. It was very strange.


MADEMOISELLE FROM ARMENTIERES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you gotta have wars
Last Line: Not about all that


MADMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Being
Last Line: With the yellow paint flaking off %showing areas of %steady grey %beneath


MADNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't beat the walls with my fists
Last Line: One but I wasn't sure


MADNESS?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look, he said, admit it
Last Line: And said, forget it, friend


MAGIC CURSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never liked skid-row and so I stayed away from the soup


MAGIC MACHINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I liked the old records that


MAGICIAN, GONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They go one by one and as they do it gets closer


MAHLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The phone rings and somebody says
Last Line: Of a great jew


MAIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The mail gets heavier
Last Line: As the centuries fall %away %in their rotten %swift %luxury


MAILBAG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A schizophrenic
Last Line: I've been to %austin


MAIN COURSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Jesus christ,' he told me, 'you know rita and I split up'


MAKING IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a frenetic wretch of a man
Last Line: Side by side %together


MAMA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here I am %in the ground
Last Line: He is %very bad %company


MAN AT THE PIANO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The man at the piano
Last Line: The %black swan burns


MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fuck, he was small


MAN IN THE SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She reads to me from the new yorker
Last Line: That you have been wasting %your time


MAN WITH THE BEAUTIFUL EYES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When we were kids
Last Line: Many people %would have to %die


MAN'S BEST FRIEND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I told the guy - he was watering his lawn
Last Line: You gotta know I liked him plenty


MAN?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My daughter said this when she was 5
Last Line: Sang and %laughed, me loudest


MANX, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Have we gone wrong again?
Last Line: That none of us %can see


MARCHING THROUGH GEORGIA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are burning like a chicken wing left on the grill of an


MASSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All the bitter, miserable, lonely people feeling short-changed
Last Line: It hurts the very earth, it hurts everything %this waste %the horror of all this %waste


MASTER PLAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Starving in a philadelphia winter


MAYBE TOMORROW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Looked like %bogart
Last Line: Bogie's not dead %yet


MAYBE WE'LL SEE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometime soon
Last Line: From doing things %to ourselves


ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Women don't know how to love
Last Line: Into the other room


ME AGAINST THE WORLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was a kid
Last Line: Then I felt better %much better


ME AND CAPOTE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the phone rings it's usually a man's
Last Line: That's the best way to get unlisted


ME AND MY BUDDY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can still see us


MEAN AND STINGY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, we don't give enough parties
Last Line: I'll hang up this poem


MEANING OF IT ALL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Born next to cold dogs and
Last Line: Born again %and %again and again


MEEK HAVE INTERITED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If I suffer at this
Last Line: Some suicides are never %recorded


MELANCHOLIA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The history of melancholia
Last Line: There is something wrong with me %besides %melancholia


MELT-DOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hemingway %when he couldn't write
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


MEMORY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've memorized all the fish in the sea
Last Line: The courage of my memory


MENTION OF SOME LUCKY PAY-OFFS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One of the things about being a writer
Last Line: Let me go on to %other %subject matter


MERMAID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had to come to the bathroom for something
Last Line: Something %and I left


MERRY, MERRY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now let's see %who's on my christmas list
Last Line: And then, my friend, there's you


MESSAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've been sitting in this
Last Line: It might be %with death


MET A MAN ON THE STREET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who said, you've kept me going for two
Last Line: But I only write that stuff %I can't read %it


METAMORPHOSIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A girlfriend came in
Last Line: I have been robbed of %my filth


MICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father caught the baby mice
Last Line: My father had won again


MIRACLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have just listened to this


MIRACLE IS THE SHORTEST TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know %it was very good
Last Line: As these walls %so quietly %shift


MIRACLE MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In this neighborhood %about 4 blocks north
Last Line: And here's %this saint %without a name


MIRROR GAME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Peter was the freak, peter was fat, peter
Last Line: It seldom works the way we think it %works. %in fact, it never %does


MOANING AND GROANING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She writes: you'll
Last Line: Close the doors %groan


MOCKINGBIRD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The mockingbird had been following the cat
Last Line: To bargain it to another place %summer was over


MODEL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I want to be like that
Last Line: For over 70 years %now


MODERN LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Just lost another poem in this
Last Line: As he market went %down %and van gogh %up


MOMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: For wagner the gods of valhalla also burn in the
Last Line: And touch the %cat %impossible


MONKEY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One summer saturday afternoon
Last Line: Something would %turn %up


MORE ARGUMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke, she said, don't you love rilke?
Last Line: Grieg. Nothing changed. Nothing %ever changed. Nothing


MORE MAIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get more and more mail, much of it gibberish
Last Line: I know that means %trouble too. %worse trouble. %believe me


MORNING LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I awakened about 10:30 a.M.
Last Line: Belly and never said another word


MOST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here comes the fishhead singing
Last Line: Don't call back! You sound like a jerk!


MOTHER AND PRINCESS TINA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We knew it was a tourist trap, of course, but sometimes you %go in %anyway
Last Line: Leg and when the food finally arrived it wasn't %very much either


MOUNTAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In high school the classes were arranged alphabetically and burns
Last Line: Class of summer %'39


MOVIE CRITICS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother always said she thought he was %cute %this frenchman
Last Line: As a family %me %my mother %my father %had %nothing %in common %in or out of the movies %and it neve


MOVING TOWARD THE 21ST CENTURY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a new year's eve party at my place
Last Line: I walked out - to face the %people


MOVING UP THE LADDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My editor and publisher (to be) %found me one day, I was a pile of human rubble
Last Line: Nor hardly as easy to %dump %or %forget %but much easier, of%course, to write %about, and I %did


MUGGED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Finished
Last Line: Useless %after %all


MURDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Competition, greed, desire for fame


MUSE INTERRUPTS MY RANT AT CHARLES BUKOWSKI OVER HIS POPULARITY .., by SUSAN BLACKWELL RAMSEY               
First Line: The muse is a fine old broad. She can forgive
Last Line: The muse is a fine old broad. She can forgive
Subject(s): Bukowski, Charles (1920-1994); Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights


MUSINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The temple of my doorway is
Last Line: Hell never stops it only pauses. %this is a pause. %enjoy it while you can


MY 3 BEST FRIENDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The first is just a bum
Last Line: So much less than the mad or %the nearly mad?


MY BEST FRIEND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dragging a cardboard suitcase %to the marching music of roominhouse
Last Line: Setting the bottle down %again: %each man %beats %the odds %in a different %fashion


MY BIG FLING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a bad night
Last Line: And we left it %like that


MY BIG MOMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a packer in a factory east of
Last Line: That I'd never be able to do anything %like that again


MY BUDDY (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: For a 21-year-old boy in new orleans I wasn't worth


MY BUDDY (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting under this %light %looking at the %buddha
Last Line: The buddha is this statue of %porcelain %sitting across %from me %tonight %as the poems %do not %arr


MY BUDDY IN VALET PARKING AT THE RACE TRACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After 9 long races among greedy faces
Last Line: I smile for the first time in 7 or %8 hours


MY BUDDY, THE BUDDHA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I must wash this buddha that sits on my desk
Last Line: How did he get in %here


MY CAT, THE WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As I am sitting in front of this


MY COMPANION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pissing in the toilet bowl
Last Line: Rapidly %five times %then %stops


MY COMPUTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What? They say, you got a
Last Line: Who lost her %sheep %or her %computer


MY COMRADES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This one teaches
Last Line: Lowest of the breed


MY DOCTOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked into the waiting room
Last Line: A horrible woman %his wife was


MY FATHER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Was a truly amazing man %he pretended to be %rich
Last Line: Like and oddity of the earth %like a hundred thounsand oddities %like millions of other oddities %wa


MY FATHER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He carried a piece of
Last Line: For the first time %I sang


MY FATHER AND THE BUM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father believed in work
Last Line: Toynbee would find hard %to deny


MY FATHER WANTED ME TO BE A MECHANICAL DRAFTSMAN BUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I decided to be a writer
Last Line: All the scabs and blackheads were worth it


MY FATHER'S BIG-TIME FLING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I came home from grammar school
Last Line: And it made me %very happy


MY FAVORITE MOVIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to like the guy who played the piano
Last Line: Spread out all over the place


MY FIRST AFFAIR WITH THAT OLDER WOMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I look back now


MY FIRST COMPUTER POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Have I gone the way of the deathly death
Last Line: So this is the beginning %not the %end


MY FRIEND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I loved bar room fights
Last Line: It's as decent a thing as a man %can know


MY FRIEND, ANDRE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This kid used to teach at kansas u
Last Line: Isn't so painful %after all


MY FRIEND, HOWIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Had worse luck with women than most, finally married, they had a baby
Last Line: The glow of his cigar through the windshield and I don't know about him but I hurt almost like it al


MY FRIEND, THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's a dandy
Last Line: Fellow like that, chances are he just moved on %to better %things


MY FRIENDS DOWN AT THE CORNER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dirty little bugger
Last Line: A newspaper and a few beers?


MY GARDEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the sun and in the rain
Last Line: Blooming all the time


MY GERMAN BUDDY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight
Last Line: Chill %he's here %now


MY GROUPIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I read last saturday in the
Last Line: Whether it's good poetry or bad acid


MY LITERARY FLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 115 degrees %not even a turkey could be happy in this heat
Last Line: Immortal stuff, but it's just too hot for me. %let him


MY MAIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Keeps evolving and there is more
Last Line: They only want to %make sure


MY MOVIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My movies are getting better finally
Last Line: But you still ought to read my poems %and see it


MY NON-AMBITIOUS AMBITION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father had little sayings which he mostly emitted [or, shared]
Last Line: How beautifully I've succeeded %at %that


MY OLD MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: 16 years old
Last Line: As we ever got


MY STYLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I watch the jocks come out in the post parade
Last Line: Some would claim that I have succeeded %in this


MY UNCLE JACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My uncle jack
Last Line: Is your car jack and your fingernails and the scream of the biggest %mountain now


MY VANISHING ACT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I got sick of the bar


MY WORST REJECTION SLIP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Came to me when I was living in
Last Line: Somebody with %more common %sense


NAKED AT 92 DEGREES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Little to do on a hot night but swat at
Last Line: Imagination to %even %scream


NANA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She has fucked 200 men in ten states
Last Line: Earth for the past %5000 years


NATURE POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are 50,000 light years
Last Line: Looking at the white flower


NAZI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Suicide
Last Line: God's mark %like a swastika


NEITHER A BORROWER NOR A LENDER BE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm at the racetrack every day
Last Line: Shakespeare had it right


NEON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Today at the track they gave
Last Line: A day-glow %inferno of %festering %hell


NERVES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Twitching in the sheets --
Last Line: I hate the mornings more than %any man


NERVOUS PEOPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You go in for an item - take it to the clerk at the register - he


NEW HOMELESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've %been driving down this tree-lined street for
Last Line: Some will %always be %classically %screwed


NEW WAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A different fight now, warding off the weariness of age
Last Line: Paris in the dark


NEW WOMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are sitting with the new
Last Line: Billy thong had killed it %before I did


NICE DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The virus holds %the concepts give way like rotten
Last Line: In the blazing midday of %mourning


NICE TRY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Best dream I ever
Last Line: An angel %some other %time


NIGHT CAP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is no avenging angel or red burning devil
Last Line: In the thirties %thank you


NIGHT I FUCKED MY ALARM CLOCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once %starving in philadelphia
Last Line: And the light in their kitchen was %out


NIGHT I SAW GEORGE RAFT IN VEGAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I bet on #6, I try red, I stare at the women's legs and breasts
Last Line: We walk back to the car and fall asleep


NIGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Everything is the same agai


NIGHT ON A VISA CARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I finished my wine
Last Line: Without having %to say %anything


NIGHT QUARTERHORSE RACING, HOLLYWOOD PARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The well-to-do whites have gone %south to del mar
Last Line: The poor whites %are, that's no %problem %as for those others: no %big deal, dude, just pick a %numb


NIGHT SCHOOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the drunk driver's class
Last Line: I am the class %intellectual


NIGHT SWEATS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was all right at first when I moved here: on the third
Last Line: Even my woman isn't here tonight


NIGHTS AND YEARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The days of hell arrive on schedule
Last Line: Only hell lives %on


NILE RUNS NORTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked into the men's crapper
Last Line: Observation put to action %is the essence %of art


NIRVANA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not much chance
Last Line: Tires %in the %snow


NO CHANCE IN POMONA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: On a half-mile track in a mile and one-sixteenth race
Last Line: The crowd had it figured right %but not quite


NO CHARGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This babe in the grandstand
Last Line: They charge %50 cents


NO DICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Reading poetry in this poetry magazine
Last Line: She looks at me. 'I know,' she answers


NO GURU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I keep getting phone calls from the
Last Line: Another great book in the works for %barnes and noble


NO HELP FOR THAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a place in the heart that


NO LADY GODIVA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She came to my place drunk
Last Line: Issued by a better %world


NO LOVE SONGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear editor: I realize I missed the deadline but I've been beset
Last Line: And as I dumped I remember I had missed your deadline and decided %to write and tell you about that,


NO MAN IS AN ISLAND, ESPECIALLY AROUND HOLLYWOOD PARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, I used valet parking at the track, it's only


NO MORE, NO LESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Editor, critic, bigot, wit
Last Line: This paper %and all the %etceteras


NO NONSENSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Faulkner loved his whiskey
Last Line: He trashed / it
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Faulkner, William (1897-1962); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


NO NONSENSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Faulkner loved his whiskey
Last Line: And if it didn't %contain a %check %he trashed %it
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Faulkner, William (1897-1962)


NO RETURN ADDRESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am perishable and that's the best
Last Line: The last frog puffs and %jumps


NO SALE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I just sat in the bar
Last Line: I had no argument %with %that


NO TITLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All theories %like cliches
Last Line: Wish us luck


NO WIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To live in a jungle
Last Line: That's what this life %is


NO WING HIGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was sitting on a barstool in the '8-count,' not particulary thinking
Last Line: Over the harbor freeway to check out the action. It looked slow but %I was still fairly pleased with


NO. 6, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'll settle for the 6 horse
Last Line: Like the opening %of flowers


NOBODY HOME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I live in this nice place
Last Line: One of them is going to change


NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Stupefied after a week's drinking and
Last Line: Stone cold crazy %once again


NON-URGENT POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had this fellow write me that


NOT FROM THE SAME MOULD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: That night %he'd been driving %naked %on the freeway %had a blowout
Last Line: Some more talented %in their ways %than the overnumerous %duly %dully %sane


NOT ALL THAT BAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Was sitiing here, drinking a glass of
Last Line: And you can't %spit them %out


NOT LISTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My horse was the grey


NOT MUCH SINGING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have it, looking to my left, the cars of this
Last Line: This night of gentle quiet and %a not very good poem %about it


NOT NORMAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was in grammar school
Last Line: Which looked far better %than %any of %them


NOT SO GOOD NIGHT IN THE SAN PEDRO OF THE WORLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's unlikely that a decent poem is in me
Last Line: Let us celebrate the stupidity of our %endurance


NOT TO WORRY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He sits there %big in hs chair
Last Line: Named the %baby: %nero


NOTE LEFT ON THE DRESSER BY A LADY FRIEND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wine: at present you are buying about 60 bottles
Last Line: Get ready, %get set, %go!


NOTE ON REJECTION SLIPS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is not very good
Last Line: If I %have %one


NOTE ON THE MASSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Private hells made public
Last Line: Consider yourself %blessed in the %dark


NOTE TO A LADY WHO EXPECTED RUPERT BROOKE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wha', what did you expect? A schoolboy lisping donne? Or
Last Line: The revolution? Must join the brigade! %lemme outa here!


NOTE TO THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROOM:, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get more and more mimeo chapbooks in the mail
Last Line: Just as my women have %done


NOTE UPON THE LOVE LETTERS OF BEETHOVEN:, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Think: if ludwig were alive today
Last Line: Ever find his %beloved


NOTES UPON A HOT STREAK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been driving to the racetrack
Last Line: I smile and drive on in


NOTHING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was in
Last Line: That %made sense


NOTHING IS AS EFFECTIVE AS DEFEAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Always carry a notebook with you
Last Line: Of them: he could sure %talk about %it


NOVELS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The older sister of the woman I was going with was fat
Last Line: And that was the end of the whole sad story


NOW (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To reach here
Last Line: The mornings are the worst


NOW (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, %now some eat to forget and some drink to forget and some
Last Line: Fingernails %he's %the best


NOW (3), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had boils the size of tomatoes
Last Line: Like I have it %now


NOW SHE'S FREE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Cleo's going to make it now
Last Line: He just doesn't know what he's missing


NOW, IF YOU WERE TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING, HE ASKED, WHAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'd tell them to have an unhappy love
Last Line: Right up the pickle %barrel


NOWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, where are they? %the hemingways, the t.S. Eliots, the pounds
Last Line: I look around and %I look %and I say:where are the writers?


NUMB YOUR ASS AND YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR HEART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was coming off an affair that had gone badly
Last Line: In a week and a half


NURSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the hospital that I have been %going to %the nurses seem %overweight
Last Line: For these ladies are truly %over-fed:%they have seen %too much %death


O TEMPORA! O MORES!, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I get these girly magazines in the mail because
Last Line: In the long v vormation %in the bright freshness %of early morning


OBSERVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every time I drove past the hospital
Last Line: That nobody ever %saw


ODD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some nights %like this night
Last Line: Waiting on death can be perfectly peaceful


OFF AND ON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At times I still consider coughing it up: gas pipe, 19th floor
Last Line: Be %like right %now


OH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the bar
Last Line: Lightning %somebody %laughs


OH YES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've been so


OH, I WAS A LADIES' MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You
Last Line: Missed %at %all


OH, YES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are worse things than
Last Line: It's too late %and there's nothing worse %than %too late


OLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I see the old men at the racetrack, they are bent, carry
Last Line: In the grave to find a more %comfortable %position


OLD BUDDY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He writes to the editors
Last Line: We were both %failed %writers


OLD GANG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of course, we were all fucked-up, I was suicidal but hitting the
Last Line: What other people say %about %writers


OLD GUY IN THE PIANO BAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Doesn't know how bad he is in that
Last Line: The sound of a %siren


OLD HORSEPLAYER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He wears the same pants
Last Line: He's hooked on an %impossibility


OLD JOCKEY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you no longer see their name on the program
Last Line: And she was right


OLD LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now her hair is white %she's only in her mid-40s
Last Line: Yeah, she's something else,' I said ad poured 2 glasses full


OLD MAN WITH A CANE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was walking to %the betting window when I heard loud voices coming
Last Line: Some days are much more interesting %than others


OLD PINCH HITTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Comes out of the dugout in the last of the 9th
Last Line: That shower is going to feel good


OLD POET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I would, of course, prefer to be with the fox in the ferns
Last Line: Another old poet %going off


OLD?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'll be 73 in august
Last Line: You know what I %mean?


ON AND OFF THE ROAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Flying into a strange town, being met at the
Last Line: It's the only thing you can do


ON BEING 20, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother knocked on my roominghouse door
Last Line: What they would. %they did


ON BEING RECOGNIZED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The young girl found me at the track
Last Line: On the famous %writer


ON BIOGRAPHIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you're dead
Last Line: Long %to do %it %anyhow


ON BLACKHAWK STREET: 9. FOR CHARLES BUKOWSKI, by CHARLES BIVINS               
First Line: A marvelous bank
Last Line: & flies


ON BUMS AND HEROES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've thought about e. E. Cummings sitting on his front
Last Line: The chances get less and less


ON GOING OUT TO GET THE MAIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The drool noon %where squadrons of worms creep up like
Last Line: Nothing, I answer what's for %breakfast?


ON LIGHTING A CIGAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We ask for no mercy and no miracles
Last Line: And death is useless


ON SHAVING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Miraculous %to grow old
Last Line: The mirror on the wall


ON SHOOTING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think I'd like to put one
Last Line: Mabel, you %whore


ON THE BUM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Moving from city to city
Last Line: All the lights %turned %out


ON THE CIRCUIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was up in san francisco
Last Line: Going down the hill


ON THE CONTINENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm soft. I %dream too.
Last Line: Snapshots, and the %finished sonnet


ON THE HUSTLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suppose %one of the worst times was
Last Line: The truth, at %last


ON THE REBOUND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: So often, he said after a split
Last Line: Pray that you are right, he %answered, I need a %rest


ON THE SIDEWALK AND IN THE SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have seen an old man around town recently
Last Line: I would never see him again


ONE FOR OLD SNAGGLE-TOOTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I know a woman
Last Line: Frances, this poem is for you


ONE FOR SHERWOOD ANDERSON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I forget about him and his peculiar
Last Line: He was as far away from fitzgerald as he was / from paris
Subject(s): Anderson, Sherwood (1876-1941); Writing & Writers


ONE FOR SHERWOOD ANDERSON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I forget about him and his peculiar
Last Line: And nobody ever talks about his life or %his death
Subject(s): Anderson, Sherwood (1876-1941); Writing And Writers


ONE FOR THE OLD BOY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was just a
Last Line: Know %about. %that's %all


ONE FOR THE SHOESHINE MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The balance is preserved by the snails climbing the
Last Line: And the hedges will tell you %so


ONE MORE GOOD ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To be writing poetry at the age of 50
Last Line: Crazy at the age of 50, %I send it home


ONE OF THE HOTTEST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She wore a platinum blond wig
Last Line: She left her teeth in all %night long


ONE OF THESE DAYS SOMEBODY WILL TELL THIS STORY, by BOBBY BYRD               
First Line: How one day %hank chinaski
Last Line: Charles bukowski was right


ONE OF THOSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Satre was some fellow, oh yes
Last Line: Jean paul %thanks %for %everything


ONE OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Men on second and third


ONE TO THE BREASTPLATE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have a saying, 'the tough ones always come back.'
Last Line: Roadmap as we sip our %diet schlitz


ONE-TO-FIVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I know honor racing
Last Line: Nor anywhere else where %humans dwell


ONLY LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was like one of those nuts from centuries past, I was
Last Line: Else, whether it comes back, whether it stays and when %it ends, ha %ha


ONLY ONE CERVANTES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's no use, I've got to admit
Last Line: Is better then not writing %at all


OPEN ALL NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: On a train somewhere in europe, down to the last drink, the
Last Line: Dreamless and unsatisfied %like almost all the other people


OPEN CANVAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening to organ music on the radio
Last Line: Touches the keys and %is taken %again


ORDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've cleaned this room up
Last Line: I can't %come %either


ORDERLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sitting on a tin chair outside the x-ray lab as death
Last Line: Lost as a human %long gone down some %numbing road %but %he's healthy %he's healthy %he's healthy!


ORDINARY CAFE OF THE WORLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: New worlds shine in the dust
Last Line: To be crazy alone forever


ORDINARY POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Since you've always wanted


OTHER ROOM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is always somebody in the other room
Last Line: Sometimes there isn't anybody here at all


OUR CURIOUS POSITION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Saroyan on his deathbed said
Last Line: I don't believe %either


OUR LAUGHTER IS MUTED BY THEIR AGONY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the child crosses the street as deep as deep sea divers


OUR WORLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's strange, isn't it
Last Line: Ever more %their bloody %pollen


OUT OF PLACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I always knew that there was something wrong
Last Line: I accepted the situation and %waited


OUT OF THE ARMS..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of the arms of one love
Last Line: It's much more pleasant to hear your name whispered in %the dark


OUT OF THE BLUE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She phoned me from a far away
Last Line: One of these days


OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After mickey's wife goes to work
Last Line: And feeling like a total %asshole


OVER DONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He had somehow located me again - he was on the


OVER-POPULATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'll say one thing: her older sister wrote
Last Line: Why there are so many of us
Variant Title(s): Overt Populatio


OVERHEAD MIRRORS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I wouldn't say it was a particularly low time, it was
Last Line: Other people %were doing


OWL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw an owl tonight
Last Line: I may never see an owl %again


P.O. BOX 11946, FRESNO, CALIF. 90731, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drove in from the track after losing $50.
Last Line: On the way %out


P.O. BOX 11946, FRESNO, CALIF. 93776, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drove in from the track after losing $50.


PACE IS THE ESSENCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the mailman walked up the hill
Last Line: Back watering the %gladiolas


PACIFIC TELEPHONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You go for these wenches, she said
Last Line: More vicious than any of them


PACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The dogs are at it again; they leap and
Last Line: Even though you are one %of them %now


PACT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I called up harry and his girlfriend
Last Line: To wait for %besides morning


PALE PINK PORSCHE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's gotten very fat %since we split a year ago
Last Line: To another lost lady in %galveston, %texas


PALM LEAVES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At exactly 12:00 midnight
Last Line: But I have lived %it through


PAPER ON THE FLOOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The drawing is poor and I know little of the plot
Last Line: And thrown away


PARADE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The waving of hands, the posturing of the
Last Line: There's no answer to %that


PARIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Was just like not being there
Last Line: A fashion magazine in a %train station


PARIS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Never %even in calmer times %have I ever %dreamed of bicycling through that cit
Last Line: Wearing a beret %and camus %always %pissed %me %off


PARIS, WHAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You want to get stiffed? He asked
Last Line: Brahms' %2nd %sent %this %one


PARKED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting in my car
Last Line: And dutch van gogh


PARTY'S OVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After you've pulled off the tablecloth with


PASSING OF A GREAT ONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was the only living writer I met who I truly


PASTORAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listening to a piano and a
Last Line: It is ever %going to %get


PATRIOT OF LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old guy %next door
Last Line: Of the darkness %retreat


PAYOFF, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was to give a poetry reading
Last Line: Have been. But only the two of us %knew it


PEACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Near the corner table in the
Last Line: Flower %in the %night


PEOPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at the people: elbows, knees
Last Line: What I am here for


PEOPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All people start to
Last Line: Say the true %clay %words


PERNICIOUS ANEMIA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I could rest on the past, %there are many books %on the shelves
Last Line: Let there be light! %let there be me! %I will beat %the odds%one more %time


PERSHING SQUARE, LOS ANGELES, 1939, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One orator proving there was a god
Last Line: And I was young and mean and %lean %and I would never be that way %again %as it rushed toward %us


PHILLIPE'S 1950, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Phillipe's is an old time
Last Line: You can see the most beautiful faces %in town


PHOTOGRAPHS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They photograph you on your porch
Last Line: Looking into and at their eyes and souls %and more


PICK - 6, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The little old men
Last Line: So tired %every night


PILE-UP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The 3 horse clipped the heels of
Last Line: 3 winners in a %single race


PISS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Remember once I was sitting in this hotel
Last Line: We were always arguing about %something


PLACE DIDN'T LOOK BAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She had hugh thighs
Last Line: As she put mozart %on


PLACE IN PHILLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's nothing like being young
Last Line: Certainly %will be %more %masterpieces


PLACE TO GO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You can take your girlfriend who is wearing %a red hat
Last Line: You don't even have to argue with %your girlfriend


PLACE TO HANG OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To be young, foolish, poor and ugly
Last Line: Department store,' she called me


PLANTS WHICH EASILY WINTER KILLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Plants which easily winter kills
Last Line: The sawfish does not attack whales


PLATE GLASS WINDOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dogs and angels are not
Last Line: All up and %down %inside the %darkness %here


PLATONIC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She wanted a platonic afternoon and I said, all right
Last Line: And started looking for %mine


PLAYER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had 40 win on the 6 horse


PLAYERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's down at a track near the border and it's called
Last Line: Hope for that real, live action


PLAYING IT OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are only two men I can really
Last Line: Bark %night into morning


PLAYTIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Went to a japanese restaurant with my
Last Line: Plenty of time to really %fuck up %I %yawned


PLEASANT AFTERNOON IN BED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Red summers and black satin
Last Line: And it is very %funny


PLEASE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Save me from them
Last Line: And stretch their legs %through my %space


PLEASED TO MEET YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Og my god,' she said, 'jean don carlo!'
Last Line: It is like nothing %sitting down


PLEASURES OF THE DAMNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Everything wet %everything fine


POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They all keep publishing poems
Last Line: To the end of his %rope %huh?


POEM ABOUT A LADY WITH A RED FACE AND LONG BLONDE HAIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met this female poet many years ago
Last Line: Me, not to go to bed with any body %around because there's %nothing else to do


POEM FOR LOST DOGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: That good rare feeling comes at the oddest times:once, after %sleeping
Last Line: Good rare feelings come at the oddest times, like now as I tell %you all of this


POEM FOR MY 71ST BIRTHDAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, I'm still here, doing about what I've always
Last Line: Tbe big guy doesn't have me %out of here %yet


POEM FOR SWINGERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I like women who haven't lived with too many men
Last Line: But please leave the good women alone


POEM, POEM, POEM, POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fellow I know, %(I know him well, it's me)
Last Line: She called me %selfish. %fuck her


POET IN NEW YORK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Eating out tonight
Last Line: Fairly %fine


POETRY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It
Last Line: Read %it


POETRY CONTEST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Send as many poems as you wish, only
Last Line: The place where winter %died


POETRY READING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at them
Last Line: The man answers. %the reading is over


POETRY READINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poetry readings have to be some of the saddest
Last Line: But / these
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


POETRY READINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Poetry readings have to be some of the saddest
Last Line: Anything %anything %but %these
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


POETS AND THE FOREMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The best of auden
Last Line: Just as I had suspected %in the %beginning


POLISH SAUSAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Come on, she said, I want you to meet my friends
Last Line: Below the left tit. %then I felt better


POOR AL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't know how he does it


POOR MIMI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Poor mimi trochi
Last Line: What the trouble was


POORLY NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You came out, she said
Last Line: How many dead beasts float and walk from wales to %los angeles?


POPCORN IN THE DARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I remember that night she came over,'
Last Line: It's time for popcorn in the dark


POST TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some of the old rich still make it to
Last Line: More beautiful than all the world %and it %begins


POSTCARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She writes as if it was yesterday or a week ago but it's been
Last Line: Exhale a wondrous blue waft of smoke as from my radio applause %breaks through upon the conclusion o


POVERTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is the man you've never seen who
Last Line: But nowhere %a living man


POWERS THAT BE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a crowd at this dinner
Last Line: I was sitting with talented %shit


PRACTICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In that depression neighborhood I had two buddies


PRACTICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Thinking more and more
Last Line: Any number %of times


PRAIRIE HOUSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Unreasonable lenses refract the
Last Line: Robust nipples the gossamer hair


PRAYER IN BAD WEATHER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: By god, I don't know what to
Last Line: Listening to the rain


PREPARATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You've got to burn
Last Line: For a tiny %blinking %moment


PRETTY BOY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We drank together
Last Line: I drank the %cold beer


PRETTY GIRL WHO RENTED ROOMS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Down in new orleans
Last Line: And a window %in the room


PRICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Drinking 15 dollar champagne --
Last Line: And says, sure you can


PRIEST AND THE MATADOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the slow mexican air I watched the bull die
Last Line: Believing all and nothing -- perhaps, now, they will %die in mine


PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They took my man off the street
Last Line: Him. The cops took him %in. No %good


PROBABLY SO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight %I have 2 spiders clinging to a crack in the wall
Last Line: Who lives like this?


PROBLEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We met for dinner
Last Line: We don't have %any friends %at all %sarah %said


PROBLEMS ABOUT THE OTHER WOMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had worked my charms on her
Last Line: The last time I ever have %to


PROBLEMS IN THE CHECKOUT LINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often in the supermarket checkout line
Last Line: Has very little to do %with anything else


PRODUCED AND BOTTLED BY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bleakly wandering flat white fields
Last Line: That's something rare


PROFESSIONALS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Constipated writers %squatting over their machines
Last Line: And eager readers who need plenty of new shit. %it's depressing


PROFESSORS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting with the professors
Last Line: There'll be a %good crowd %they tell me


PROMENADE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Each night
Last Line: The moon when there is a %moon


PROMENADE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am taking a walk about 2:30 p.M.
Last Line: I hope they fix their %engine


PROMISE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She bent over the side of the bed
Last Line: Well, I guess I'll just have to %paint 40 more


PROUD THIN DYING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I see old people on pensions in the
Last Line: Gets a taste of honey %then the knife


PUKING LADY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were around 14, baldy
Last Line: Bedroom %tired of it %all


PULL A STRING, A PUPPET MOVES..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Each man must realize
Last Line: And you'll answer: I don't know, %I don't know


PULLED DOWN SHADE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What I like about you
Last Line: Great %let's play %scrabble


PUTREFACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Of late
Last Line: And we can't even / cry
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


PUTREFACTION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of late
Subject(s): Decay


PUTTING IT TO BED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The first poem is the last poem is the
Last Line: The last poem %the best for me


PUZZLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was driving on the freeway
Last Line: The traffic was bad too


PUZZLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My neighbor is a nice guy but he utterly
Last Line: Against what they %are %doing...'


QUESTION AND ANSWER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He sat naked and drunk in a room of summer
Last Line: Another %spin


QUIET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting tonight


QUIET CLEAN GIRLS IN GINGHAM DRESSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All I've ever known are whores, ex-prostitutes
Last Line: As the whores keep finding me


QUIET IN A QUIET NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I an feel myself getting fat, old and
Last Line: There is no more %no less


QUOTABLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She is an old woman
Last Line: They still have a %rather %sturdy %worth


RACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is like this
Last Line: The way love used to


RACETRACK SALUTES YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Military day
Last Line: We hope you win %this time


RADIO WITH GUTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was on the 2nd floor on coronado street
Last Line: While the music played


RAGS, BOTTLES, SACKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As a boy %I remember the sound %of:'rags! Bottles! Sacks!'
Last Line: He was %the first man %I ever wanted to %kill %and %there have been %none %since


RAILROAD YARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The feelings I get
Last Line: Whenever you can %not needing a reason


RAIN OR SHINE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The vultures at the zoo
Last Line: That day, I did


RAPE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The free verse poets whispered
Last Line: My failure to ravish julia


RAPE OF THE HOLY MOTHER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To expose your ass on paper %terrifies some %and %it should:
Last Line: Centuries of the inbred %dead %let it be known that %we have arrived and %intent to %stay


RAW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My poems are raw %like the guts of a catfish
Last Line: But never let them %get in the %way


RAW WITH LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Little dark girl with
Last Line: Mine and I won't use it yet


RE-EVALUATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He told me he had been
Last Line: I've always been better at %picking horses %than at %picking%people


REAL BREAK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've heard it said that you
Last Line: How about %it %huh


RECOGNIZED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was at the airport
Last Line: To greet those we knew and those %who knew %us


RED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He runs a bookstore %just off hollywood boulevard
Last Line: Frederick's left, %there's still a little %bit of the old %paris %and a large touch of %class: %red


RED MERCEDES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Naturally, we are all caught in


RED PORSCHE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It feels good
Last Line: The luck of the fool is %inviolate


RED TENNIS SHOES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He sits %3 or 4 rows %below me %his hand %trembles %as he takes a cigar
Last Line: He consults the %yellow %paper %again %he's going to %give it another %try %and I am %too


RED UP AND DOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Red hair %real
Last Line: Not mad enough %to become %women


RELEASE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Went to a shrink about his writer's block and the shrink
Subject(s): Psychiatry; Writer's Block


RELENTLESS AS THE TARANTULA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They're not going to let you


RENT'S TOO HIGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are beasts in the salt shaker
Last Line: I can't live here much longer


REPLACEMENTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Jack london drinking his life away while
Last Line: The life so dying of %thirst
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; London, Jack (1876-1916)


REPLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Green dogs, dinosaur sky, serpent of hope
Last Line: Packed with blood and dust


REST PERIOD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He lay in his bed and he was a great
Last Line: Vultures seldom are blessed with immorality


RESULT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The room was small but neat and when I visited him
Last Line: One of the magnificent things of %our century


RETIRED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pork chops, said my father, I love


RETREAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well %if you didn't call for an enema
Last Line: To %walk out of %here


RETREAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This time has finished me
Last Line: Did she get him too


RETURNING TO AN OLD LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, here the computer is down again for
Last Line: Be a lady %tonight


REUNION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The cat sprayed in my
Last Line: From the %old boy


REVOLT IN THE RANKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have just spent one-hour-and-a-half
Last Line: Machine and nothing happens. %like now


RIFT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't live with you anymore'


RIGHT NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The party's over, the rooster is
Last Line: Empty of the sound of the %moment


RIVERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The rivers of hell are mine, they aren't yours
Last Line: Maybe %forever %so be %it


ROACHES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The great editor and his wife were testing me
Last Line: The editor's wife got up to fetch the %first bottle of wine for that %night


ROCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here were all these males tuning their guitars
Last Line: It was full of %ashes


ROCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I will not name this poet although his blood-red and dark
Last Line: There are none %left


ROLL THE DICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you're going to try, go all the way
Last Line: The only good fight %there is


ROOM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing changes
Last Line: The door is %open


ROOM 106, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Came to town in the middle of the night
Last Line: And just like that I %am %asleep


ROSARY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My father was a man full of small
Last Line: I still thought her / beautiful
Subject(s): Fathers; Rosary


ROSARY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father was a man full of small
Last Line: The way to a man's heart is %through his %stomach
Subject(s): Fathers; Rosary


ROSSINI, MOZART AND SHOSTAKOVICH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are who I will hear tonight
Last Line: And red grange is dead


ROYAL STANDARD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bad nights can't be cured by bad poems, you
Last Line: And tell you and %it %about all that


RUIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: William saroyan said, 'I ruined my %life by marrying the same woman twice'
Last Line: As the gladiola, the %rainbow %the hurricane %and nothing %left %on the kitchen %shelf


RUNNING ON EMPTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you see %the tired plants?
Last Line: The hangman swinging in the wind. %now you see


SAD POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I live in a middle class neighborhood of an unfashionable
Last Line: Which is no way to conduct any type of business, %even this one


SAFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The house next door makes me
Last Line: Bodies and little %else


SANDRA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is the slim tall
Last Line: I hope she finds %one


SANDWICH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked down the street for a submarine
Last Line: With my belly hanging out over %my belt


SARDINES IN STRIPED DRESSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All right, they're playing beethoven again; when I was
Last Line: Holding, just now, the luck of us all


SATURDAY AFTERNOON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We must have been 14 or 15
Last Line: Absolutely nothing else for me to do


SAVE THE PIER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You shoulda been at this party
Last Line: Exactly. You should have been %there. %sorry


SAVE THE TREES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think there's no doubt that if


SAVIOR: 1970, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He comes by unexpectedly
Last Line: I am my own keeper


SCARLET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm glad when they arrive
Last Line: I'll take care of it %later


SCENE FROM 1940, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I knew you were a bad-ass,' he said
Last Line: Praise was the only thing I couldn't handle


SCHOOL DAYS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm in bed
Last Line: On the way to %nursery school


SCHUBERT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was much younger than I am now
Last Line: You get a lot of nuts who like to %watch those art movies


SCIENCE OF PHYSIOGNOMY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Long gone along the way, faces
Last Line: Long gone along the way


SCREENING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Arrived for the 2nd screening
Last Line: Before it would ever get there


SEARCHING FOR WHAT?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As one goes to the racetrack year after year one notices
Last Line: Your horse poems are? Nobody understands them!' %here's another


SECRET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't worry, nobody has the
Last Line: The only possible %victory
Subject(s): Men


SECRET LAUGHTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The lair of the hunted is
Last Line: Will not believe a great painting


SECRET OF MY ENDURANCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I still get letters in the mail, mostly from cracked-up
Last Line: My stuff is getting better than ever


SEE HERE, YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Blazing bastard fools
Last Line: Circumstance %good %bye


SEIZE THE DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Foul fellow he was always wiping his nose on his


SELF-INVITED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, strap my ass on backwards, phone china
Last Line: So I listen and they are %fulfilled


SENSITIVE, YOUNG POET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never realized then what a good time I was having
Last Line: I cured her of that


SEX, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am driving down wilton avenue
Last Line: And I am left with %ludwig


SEX AND / OR LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In my dreams %I can hit a home run almost
Last Line: Think I wasn't %trying %at %all


SEXPOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You know, she said, you were at
Last Line: Over my right %eye


SHAPE OF THE STAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, you know, he started out as a
Last Line: Hollywood %what it %is
Subject(s): Hollywood, California


SHARE THE PAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Got pissed with my landlord and landlady
Last Line: Like a damn fool, I did, the revolution was a slow-time coming


SHE CAME OUT OF THE BATHROOM WITH HER FLAMING RED HAIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The cops want me to come down and identify
Last Line: I haven't seen your %comb


SHE COMES FROM SOMEWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Probably from the bellybutton or from the shoe under the
Last Line: Me, and that %old woman: sorrow


SHE GOES FOR THE SPIN-OFF, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She comes rushing in
Last Line: Then I'm alone %again


SHE SAID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What are you doing with all those
Last Line: Listen, what's %wrong with you? %you act %depressed


SHEEP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In centuries past
Last Line: Of the human %spirit


SHIT TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Half drunk
Last Line: Pretending that I knew just as much %as the next %man


SHOCK TREATMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The fight I saw
Last Line: Got up %and left %that time


SHOES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When you're young


SHOOTING THE MOON IN THE EYE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was just a small room, no bathroom
Last Line: Souls %and it loved %us


SHORT STORY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: On this pleasant day %as our president speaks of his compassion for the poor
Last Line: When not even the poor felt compassion %for themselves


SHOT OF RED-EYE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to hold my social security card
Last Line: And the world %looked %terrible


SHOW BIZ, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't have it
Last Line: Is %one $day


SHRINKING ISLAND, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm working on it as


SHUT OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They were putting them in the gate and I was


SIBELIUS AND ETC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sick on a friday night while the discos rock of ass
Last Line: What is he doing living with %a whore


SICK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had this night job and I'd sit in bed
Last Line: As I took out a cigarette, lit it and %listened


SIDE OF THE SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The bulls are grand as the side of the sun
Last Line: And the eventual stench %is the world


SILK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Silken kneecaps
Last Line: All the boys in the neighborhood


SILVER MIRROR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She pulls a large silver mirror
Last Line: The universe is magnificent


SIMILARITY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lost another 3 page poem to this computer
Last Line: Which beats %none at %all %maybe


SINGER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This then %is the arena
Last Line: In the last of your mind


SINGULAR SELF, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are these small cliffs
Last Line: Looking for %another place


SITTING IN A SANDWICH JOINT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My daughter is most %glorious
Last Line: Day, and she's %grinning


SITTING WITH THE IBM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Another still, hot summer night
Last Line: Bushes and I pour more wine, more wine %more wine


SKATERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sitting at a table in the mall drinking coffee while
Last Line: Nicer, some are even worth %writing %about


SKY SIGN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The falcons have come to the city
Last Line: As the telephone %rings


SLAUGHTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The first seven rows were roped off for the counselors
Last Line: Next saturday they'll bring in 3 new groups %and rope them off too


SLICING HELL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, I forgive all you girls who used
Last Line: As the great white shark whirls in captivity %with stunned eyes dumb, dumb stunned %eyes


SLOPPY LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sally was a sloppy %leaver. She was good with farewell
Last Line: And then she'd get up and %have her turn


SLOW NIGHT (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The %cote de nuits-villages louis
Last Line: And you are what is %killing me %now


SLOW NIGHT (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Caught out of focus
Last Line: To join the good wife %who endures %me


SLOW STARTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: By the time I got good with things
Last Line: Don't you almost feel it %now %I do


SLUMP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My editor-publisher %never complains %when I'm in a slump
Last Line: The babe, dead-panned, %circling the %bases %with %little mincing %strides %once again


SMALL CAFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You take a stool, unfold the paper, the waitress brings the
Last Line: Then I back out, swing around and enter the %real world %again


SMILING, SHINING, SINGING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My daughter looked like a young katharine hepburn
Last Line: But happy new year to %you all


SMIRKING DARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I buried my father, death stood there
Last Line: As he stood %waiting


SMOOTH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slowly driving the back streets of the town
Last Line: I'm going to be mean to my woman and it's not going to be %her fault


SNAILS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother stood at the
Last Line: Walked back to the %bedroom


SNAILS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother stood at the %window
Last Line: Then I turned and %walked back to the %bedroom


SNAKE EYES?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was not a good day
Last Line: Thank you for reading %this far


SNAKE-EYES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: William saroyan
Last Line: Just %depending upon %which one %gets to him %first


SNAP SNAP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, the ladies can get snappish
Last Line: Chambers and %nobody's guilty


SNAPSHOT (1985), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Flailing away at infinity
Last Line: They return to their %former %divertissements


SNAPSHOTS AT THE TRACK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I go to the men's crapper
Last Line: Anyhow %right %right


SNIVELER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You're a sniveler, she said
Last Line: Switched on the tv


SO NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The words have come and gone
Last Line: Oh, I was once unbelievably %young


SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If it doesn't come bursting out of you
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Patience


SOCIAL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The blue pencil of the wave
Last Line: March in to %meet her %friends


SOCIAL BUTTERFLY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked in and took a seat at the end of the counter and
Last Line: And as she walked away again I stared at her ass and wondered why


SOCIAL CALL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: To suffer the fanged indifference of the
Last Line: And deserve no %better


SOCIETY SHOULD REALIZE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You consult psychiatrists and philosophers
Last Line: Loved the night, mexico and %myself


SOLDIER, THE WIFE AND THE BUM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a bum in san francisco but once managed
Last Line: Walls of our %darkness


SOLID STATE MARTY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's almost 80 and they went to
Last Line: And then it's time %for me %to go


SOME LUCK, SOMEHOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was already an old man
Last Line: Of people %who don't know


SOME NOTES ON BACH AND HAYDN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is quite something to turn your radio on low
Last Line: This good night %is still everywhere


SOME OF MY FATHERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There was %the one in the philly parts warehouse
Last Line: And who had created %all these troubles %for me


SOME OF MY READERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I liked it coming out of that expensive
Last Line: Passionate ladies %of the night


SOME PEOPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some people never go crazy
Last Line: What truly horrible lives %they must lead


SOME PICNIC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Which reminds me
Last Line: We drank them down


SOME SUGGESTIONS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In addition to the envy and the rancor of some of


SOMEBODY ELSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He had long thin %arms
Last Line: Cigarette with %one %hand


SOMEDAY I'M GOING TO WRITE A PRIMER FOR CRIPPLED SAINTS ..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As the bomb sits out there in the hands of a


SOMETHING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm out of matches
Last Line: But the stockmarket went up %today


SOMETHING FOR THE TOUTS THE NUNS THE GROCERY CLERKS AND YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We have everything and we have nothing
Last Line: Some do it naturally %some obscenely %everywhere


SOMETIMES EVEN PUTTING A NICKEL INTO A PARKING METER FEELS GOOD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Precious grenades inside my skull
Last Line: And let the good life roll along like that


SOMETIMES IT'S EASIER TO KILL SOMEBODY ELSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was never a very good suicide, I gave it a go now and %then but something
Last Line: And one strand of twisted burnt hair %from my head was dangling into my face %and then I started lau


SOMETIMES YOU GO A BIT CRAZY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the time at agua caliente I got lucky on the %horses and stayedthat night
Last Line: And they all said: %'chinaski, chinaski, you are a %truly gr%man...'


SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting in a big ranch house with a grandmother
Last Line: Maybe later that night things would look %better


SOMEWHERE IT'S 12:41 A.M., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The soprano sings in my radio
Last Line: Dust %and foolishness %survives


SON OF SATAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was eleven and my two buddies, hass and morgan, they were each twelve....
Last Line: I could hear my father breathing, and I moved myself exactly under %the center of the bed and waited


SONG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Julio came by with his guitar and sang his


SOUL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, how worried they are about my
Last Line: I suppose I %should


SOULLESS LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I meet the movie star, he's playing chinaski
Last Line: Why don't you do the same?


SOULS OF DEAD ANIMALS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After the slaughterhouse
Last Line: And nobody minded me %at all


SOUND OF HUMAN LIVES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Strange warmth, hot and cold females
Last Line: Ass to the ceiling for a change


SOUNDLESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is said %that in the courting stage
Last Line: With its tongue plucked out forever


SPACE CREATURES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They are at the track every
Last Line: Beings. %I miss them


SPANISH GATE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After the reading we went to her home, a large place
Last Line: That I really miss %that %beautiful %imported %spanish %gate


SPARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I always resented all the years, the hours, the
Last Line: What a lucky god damned %thing


SPARKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The factory off santa fe ave. Was
Last Line: We gave them %nothing
Variant Title(s): The Factory Crew Of Southeast L.a


SPEED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every day on the freeway I get into a speed duel with


SPIDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Then there was the time in
Last Line: Angry. She was a good %sort


SPILL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The jock's horse
Last Line: The man behind %me %said to his %companion, %'let's go get %a %beer.'


SPINNING THE RIBBON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: O.K. Now, he said, falcon, I want you to pack off
Last Line: And better that %falcon, than %me


SPLASH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The illusion is that you are simply
Last Line: Being the music %roaring %roaring %roaring


SPLASHING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dumb
Last Line: Slamming %my guts to %pieces


STAG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This guy pretended to be a french painter
Last Line: And drove on %home


STAGES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Back then you'd go through stages
Last Line: Been stuck there %ever %since


STAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was drunk and they
Last Line: My critical review %of their %effort


STARK DEAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pretentious pap smeared on sanctified
Last Line: This dark stinks of us, here


STARTING FAST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We each


STARTLED INTO LIFE LIKE FIRE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In grievous deity my cat
Last Line: Porticoes of my %admiration


STATE AND THAT BEGGING MOTHERF .. R, ART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shostakovitch %I listen to the 7th written durning world war ii


STATE OF WORLD AFFAIRS FROM A 3RD FLOOR WINDOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am watching a girl dressed in a
Last Line: The bombs will never go off


STAY OUT OF MY SLIPPERS, YOU FOOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's not good, some of the days we have, horrible
Last Line: Get the hell out of my face


STETHOSCOPE CASE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My doctgor has just come into his office
Last Line: I'm far beyond all that


STEW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Stew at noon, my dear; and look
Last Line: We can't make any money %awake


STICKS AND STONES ..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Complaint is often the result of an insufficient
Last Line: Back rub %on a frozen night %behind the ski lift at %aspen


STILL TRAPEZE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Saroyan told his wife, 'I've got to


STINK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was eleven or twelve one summer I used to hitchhike 20
Last Line: Well, I don't ask them to hang around and they don't


STOLEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I keep thinking it will be outside
Last Line: Night was just about over


STORM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A storm at last in this damned
Last Line: World should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just %cats and %rain, rain and cats, very


STRAIGHT ON THROUGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am %hung by a nail
Last Line: I've never been mad %at anything


STRANGE DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was one of those hot and tiring days at hollywood
Last Line: Long %long %day


STRANGE LUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slapped across the face with a
Last Line: And strange and strange and %strange and %strange


STRANGE MOMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: As I was walking through this parking
Last Line: Normal: it sure felt %more %real


STRANGE MORNING OUTSIDE THE BAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It had never happened before and one doesn't
Last Line: Buy the next %round


STRANGE WORKINGS OF THE DARK LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He lived in canada and in a famous
Last Line: And the padded feet of death


STRANGER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He came in with %a knife in his
Last Line: The night was %really %ruined


STRANGEST SIGHT YOU EVER DID SEE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had this room in front on delongpre
Last Line: I'm sure they %did


STRANGEST THING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was sitting in a chair
Last Line: And turned up the %flame


STREETCARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Frank and I were twelve or thirtheen %and it was the depression era
Last Line: That's all that's %left,' frank said %we walked along %in the moonlight %thinking about %it


STRIDE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Norman and I, both 19, striding the streets of


STRIKEOUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was 94 degrees, the 2nd game of a sunday doubleheader
Last Line: I can't hear you,' she hollered back %'never mind,' he said %what the fuck. He stretched out in the


STRONG MAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to see him, there in that place in
Last Line: You're finally wrong %this time %john thomas, you %bastard


STRONGEST OF THE STRANGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You won't see them often %for wherever the crowd is %they %are not
Last Line: Face dreaming against the %walls of %the world %where %did I%go?


STUCK WITH IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is plagiarism, of course, sitting here with
Last Line: Henry, why do you write %those terrible words?'


STUPID PAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A hard hard %face %under hard hard %skin %but what a grand %body
Last Line: And being free of %that %I have a new more reasonable %agony


SUBORDER OF NAKED BUDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The uselessness of the word is
Last Line: Out %our indecent %profession


SUCCESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had a most difficult job
Last Line: My great white belly against %the fan


SUCH LUCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were at this table
Last Line: We %all looked %away


SUCKERFISH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Withrop finds me where I am
Last Line: For the first time in %hours


SUGGESTION FOR AN ARRANGEMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It would be nice to die at the typer instead of with my
Last Line: Just well enough to %end like %that


SUMMING UP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: On monday mornings at the hotel, sick, no %rent in sight, and starved, starved
Last Line: Not quite, that would have spoiled %it almost madder than that which had %created us %we did what we


SUNDAY ARTIST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been painting these last two sundays
Last Line: And the paint sticks to my plan like candy


SUNDAY BEFORE NOON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Spinach, gabriel, %all fall down
Last Line: Burn, my whore walks across the room and %smiles at me


SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE HOLY MISSION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He got knifed in broad daylight, came up the street
Last Line: Feeling quite like celebrities


SUNNY SIDE DOWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing. Sitting in a cafe having breakfast. Nothing. The


SUPPOSEDLY FAMOUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not much to hang onto in this early morning growling


SURPRISE TIME AGAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's always a surprise to some
Last Line: As you read this %wondering


SWAY WITH ME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sway with me, everything sad --
Last Line: Dead or lost %or unforgiving


SWEATER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had to drive to palos verdes to do some business at the
Last Line: We'd spoiled each others' %fucking %day


SWEATY DAY IN AUGUST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were starving %yet drinking
Last Line: Innocently %reading: %2:30 p.M


SWEET MUSIC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It beats love because there aren't any
Last Line: Nod and mozart plays


SWIFT AND SLOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sure enough, the ring %thightens %I sent out flares %no %response
Last Line: Especially %while knowing %that the end %is there %and here


SWINGING FROM THE HOOK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often while driving down the freeway I feel like
Last Line: Without even thinking, without confusion, and still probably can


SWIVEL CHAIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I broke two chairs lately
Last Line: Rat tat tat tat %gotcha!
Variant Title(s): Swive


SWORD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Watching a tv show
Last Line: Each man %alone %forever


T.M., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She lived in galveston and was into
Last Line: Neither of us has written


TABBY CAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He has on bluejeans and tennis shoes
Last Line: Jump %while you can


TABLE FOR TWO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was down at the waterfront and we
Last Line: Oh yes, I said, I'm sure that I %will


TAG UP AND HOLD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not much chance in
Last Line: Without %much chance


TAKE IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Got it down so tight the hinges squeaked
Last Line: With big fat balls and %silver hair


TAKEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ezra, celine, hamsun, sartre, others
Last Line: Before it reached %them


TAKING CARE OF THE BIG WHAMMY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I forget which year it was
Last Line: And began jamming %letters %again


TALK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, he told me, I wanted to escape the cruelties
Last Line: That's very nice, I said, but now let me tell you my %story %oh oh, he said %and then I proceeded


TALKERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The boy walks with his muddy feet across my
Last Line: The woman any more


TALKING TO MY MAILBOX..., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Boy, don't come around here telling me you
Last Line: I hope you take it %persoanlly, %man
Variant Title(s): Talking To A Part Of My Mailbo


TAX CONSULTANT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He arrived, brisk, with briefcase, highly recommended, he


TELEPHONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many women I have known have
Last Line: A misogynist who %writes these %poems


TELEPHONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Will bring you people
Last Line: The kind %understanding %soul


TERMINOLOGY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My other favorite cat seemed to be dying and
Last Line: The pages as if I had forgotten everything, which %I hadn't %exactly


TERMITES OF THE PAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The problem that I've found with


TERROR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The terror is in viewing the human
Last Line: Me %through and %through


TERRORISTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Coming up from the street
Last Line: Just another crazy white loser


TEXAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She's from texas and weighs
Last Line: And I say %yes


THANK YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some want me to go on writing about whores


THANKS FOR THAT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At this time
Last Line: No stewardess and %no lost luggage


THANKS TO THE COMPUTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You write a bad poem and you just
Last Line: Now let's get back to %work


THAT I HAVE KNOWN THE DEAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: That I have known the dead and now I'm
Last Line: Alone now %alone then %alone


THAT RARE GOOD MOMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the gods relent
Last Line: And even ducks %sleep


THAT'S WHY FUNERALS ARE SO SAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He's got all the tools but he's lazy, has no


THE BEAST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beowulf may have killed grendel and
Last Line: And all the walls become impossible
Subject(s): Beowulf


THE BEAUTIFUL LADY EDITOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was a beautiful woman, I used to see photographs of
Subject(s): Editors


THE COLORED BIRDS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is a highrise apt. Next door
Last Line: He's one of the few real men around / here
Subject(s): Social Problems


THE FIGHTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hemingway feels it from the grave
Last Line: What trhey say / now
Subject(s): Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)


THE GENIUS OF THE CROWD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
Last Line: 8, 1988 by charles bukowski.


THE LAUGHING HEART, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Your life is your life


THE LOSER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: And the next I remembered I'm on a table
Last Line: And Iíve been fighting / ever since
Subject(s): Sports


THE REPLACEMENTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Jack london drinking his life away while
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; London, Jack (1876-1916); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE SECRET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't worry, nobody has the
Last Line: "the life so dying of
Subject(s): Men


THE SHAPE OF THE STAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, you know, he started out as a
Last Line: What it / is
Subject(s): Hollywood, California


THE SICKNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If / one night / I write
Last Line: It.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE STRONGEST OF THE STRONG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography


THE SUICIDE KID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to the worst of bars
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


THE TRASH MEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here they come / these guys
Last Line: Find us.
Variant Title(s): The End
Subject(s): Refuse & Refuse Disposal


THE WORD (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The word has no legs or eyes
Last Line: Getting it / down
Subject(s): Language; Writing & Writers; Words; Vocabulary


THE WORD (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There was auden, I don't remember
Last Line: After we are / not
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Language; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


THE YEARS; I.M. CHARLES BUKOWSKI, by ANSELM HOLLO                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met her at the west end bar. I mounted
Last Line: I was a nice guy.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Bars & Bartenders; Bukowski, Charles (1920-1994); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


THE YOUNG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I watch them going up and down the hill on their
Last Line: Come on, let's find something to do
Subject(s): Youth


THEIR NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Never could read tender is the


THEM AND US, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They were all out on the front porch
Last Line: And helped bill find %the %telephone


THERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The centerfielder
Last Line: Through the %miraculous %air


THERE ARE HECKLERS IN GERMANY TOO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I see you hanging from the girders
Last Line: For the ten %dm


THERE ONCE WAS A WOMAN WHO PUT HER HEAD INTO AN OVEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Terror finally becomes almost
Last Line: Over a cliff of hell and into the %sea


THERE'S NO BUSINESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Manny hyman had been in show business since he was sixteen
Last Line: He blew a limp dick with sagging balls. It floated over the commotion. A new star was born


THERE'S ONE IN EVERY BAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The pathetic squirrel drinks johnny walker red
Last Line: She's a complete asshole too


THEY ALL OF THEM KNOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ask the sidewalk painters of paris
Last Line: Than a man can bear


THEY ARE EVERYWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The tragedy-sniffers are all
Last Line: And %ranting %on


THEY ARRIVED IN TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I like to think about writers like james joyce
Last Line: When there was no chance %gave me one


THEY DON'T EAT LIKE US, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father eating
Last Line: And I'll never collect


THEY NEED WHAT THEY NEED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Out here in long beach we have
Last Line: Show them something %useful and real %like a cezanne or a chagall %and they'll fall %asleep


THEY RUIN YOUR DAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I parked the bmw and went in to get some papers
Last Line: That I forgot about that bum at all


THEY THINK THIS IS THE WAY IT'S DONE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He saw me walking into the track and he stood
Last Line: Nice way to right a day that had started %wrong


THINK OF IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Think of it, there were fellows like
Last Line: Walking toward you %with dead %eyes


THIS (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Self-congratulatory nonsense as the
Last Line: You sick %motherfucker


THIS (3), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Being drunk at the typer beats being with any woman


THIS DIRTY, VALIANT GAME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I see e.E. Cummings drinking a
Last Line: Flowers frozen in %blood %urine %wine


THIS DRUNK ON THE NEXT BARSTOOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgive me, sir, but I must talk to %somebody %yeh?
Last Line: Caught a glance from the doll %at the end of the bar %might be a good night, after %all


THIS HABIT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's done by living through the women
Last Line: This old man %live well together


THIS IS A FACT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the company of fools
Last Line: God bless us


THIS IS FREE, TAKE IT, AND FEEL BETTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bad-natured people are everywhere


THIS KIND OF FIRE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I think the gods
Subject(s): Aging


THIS MOMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's a farce, the great actors, the great poets, the great
Last Line: The day flings itself upon you


THIS MOST DELICATE PROFESSION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You can think about writing %until you can't write anymore
Last Line: She finds the writer %asleep %the lights still %on, %the scandal sheet %flat against his %chest %he'


THIS NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sit in a chair on the balcony
Last Line: And far %better %I wait


THIS PARTICULAR WAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Gutted: %sunk like the german navy
Last Line: As she now sings her old song to her %new lover


THIS POET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This poet he'
Last Line: Vomit anyw %here for mon %ey


THIS REJOINDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The people survive to come up with flat fists full
Last Line: Make more %sense


THIS THEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's the same as before
Last Line: I hope that death contains %less than this


THOSE GIRLS WE FOLLOWED HOME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In jr. High the two prettiest girls were
Last Line: Yet, it's the dream that %keeps you going %then and %now


THOSE GOOD PEOPLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The worst celebrities often support the most noble
Last Line: Or %any night %at all


THOSE MARVELOUS LUNCHES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was in grammar school
Last Line: Sissies live a hard %life


THOSE MORNINGS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I still remember those new orleans rats
Last Line: And the whores slept %like %babies


THOUGHTS ON BEING 71, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Having worn life like a red flower
Last Line: That space is all we'll ever really need. %any of %us


THREE ORANGES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Firsts time my father overheard me listening to
Last Line: Before he makes more %such as %I


THROUGH THE STREETS OF ANYWHERE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of course it is nonsense to try to patch up an
Last Line: But not much %for me


TIGRESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Terrible arguments. %and, at last, lying peacefully
Last Line: She bathes, I hear the splashing of water


TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One collapses and surrenders
Last Line: With white hands


TIME IS MADE TO BE WASTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had just bought some boxer shorts
Last Line: And then it vanished under a %bush


TIRED IN THE AFTERDUSK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Smoking a cigarrete and noting a mosquito who has %flattened out
Last Line: Through my body %this %old dog %resting in the shade %peaceful %but ready


TO CHARLES BUKOWSKI, by C. E. CHAFFIN               
First Line: Your shadow follows me %like an oil smear on asphalt
Last Line: Thinks he's a poet - %just look at our streets
Subject(s): Bukowski, Charles (1920-1994)


TO HELL AND BACK IN A BUGGY CARRIAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: That was one of the popular sayings, I didn't know
Last Line: The laughter like knives cutting the %stupid air


TO JANE COONEY BAKER, DIED 1-22-62, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: And so you have gone %leaving me here
Last Line: The door. Now you must wait for me


TO KISS THE WORMS GOODNIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Kool enough to die but not
Last Line: To love me to sleep while I am %waiting


TO LEAN BACK INTO IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like in a chair the color of the sun
Last Line: Not all of it was good luck


TO SERVE AND PROTECT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There were two policemen on motorcycles
Last Line: I got in and drove %off


TO THE WHORE WHO TOOK MY POEMS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some say we should keep personal remorse from the
Last Line: But not so very much %poetry


TO WEEP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweating in the kitchen
Last Line: The soprano is dead


TOGETHER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hey, I hollered across the


TOKEN DRUNK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was standing on the deck near the rail
Last Line: It was just another sunday morning in %marina del rey


TONALITIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The soldiers march without guns
Last Line: I am this fiery snail %crawling home


TONIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Your poems about the girls will still be around
Last Line: Do you know what I mean


TOO DARK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: No,' she said, 'I know you fucked another woman
Last Line: Then I got up and brushed my teeth


TOO HOT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am here courtesy of life
Last Line: Continue writing this dripping %wet poem %right? %right


TOO LATE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: About to walk into a supermarket today
Last Line: I'm sixty, dear, what the %hell


TOO LATE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a slow developer
Last Line: Sitting at the table %with


TOO MANY BLACKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My first wife was from texas and we came back
Last Line: And let her %work it %out


TOO MUCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Brawley was a good sort %normal as a heating pad %then he %got a fewmiles on hi
Last Line: And we move on %to more %interesting subjects %like nuclear %winter


TOO SOON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This dutchman %in a philly bar put
Last Line: And too soon dead


TORCHED-OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The worst was closing the bars at
Last Line: Life couldn't get any %better


TOTAL MADNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All right, I know that you are tired of hearing it
Last Line: Remain young %forever %rooms of %glory


TOUCH OF STEEL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We had the nicest old guy
Last Line: But the way I see it %he must have.


TOUGH COMPANY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Poems like gunslingers
Last Line: Son of a bitch


TOUGH TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a student of philosophy
Last Line: It had been a %crappy %summer


TOUGHER THAN CORNED BEEF HASH --, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The motion of the human heart
Last Line: And on and on %for a while


TOULOUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He had an accident as a child
Last Line: Final and terrible and beautiful whore


TRAFFIC REPORT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here in los angeles
Last Line: I prefer to die by my own %hand


TRAFFIC SIGNALS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The old folks play a game
Last Line: They disgust me


TRAFFIC TICKET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked off the job again
Last Line: They said I did


TRAGEDY OF THE LEAVES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I awakened to dryness, and the ferns were dead
Last Line: Because the world has failed us %both


TRAGIC MEETING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was more visible and available then


TRAIN STATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a fine german city
Last Line: And think train stations %are only places you go %to get on a %train


TRAINING FOR KID AZTEC, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a young guy in los angeles
Last Line: Sucking them off right on the %loading ramps


TRANSFORMATION AND DISFIGURATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There were always little tragedies
Last Line: I got out of there too
Variant Title(s): Transformation And Disfiguration At The P.


TRANSPORT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a scraggly bum most of my
Last Line: You and I %we know %better


TRAPPED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the winter walking on my
Last Line: I am bigger than the mountains


TRAPPED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't undress my love
Last Line: I only wanted her %to


TRASH CAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is great, I just wrote two
Last Line: Misbegotten one %also %ha ha ha


TRASHCAN LIVES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The wind blows hard tonight


TREASON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Colyngbourne crossed a king with a poem
Last Line: And decided the jester too %must die


TREE, A ROAD, A TOAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A table of 7, all %laughing loudly, again and again
Last Line: I hope so. %I have to hope so


TRENCH WARFARE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sick with the flu
Last Line: Dylan all the %way


TROLLIUS AND TRELLISES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of course, I may die in the next ten minutes
Last Line: And the fire sings %through the %trees


TROOPS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: World war ii %I was 21
Last Line: Just kept on %going


TROUBLE IN THE NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She awakens me almost every night
Last Line: But what does she want?


TROUBLE WITH SPAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got in the shower
Last Line: I spun around to get out of the burning %water, and burnt my bunghole %too


TROUBLES IN THE NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Son-of-a-bitch, I don't know why
Last Line: You'd probably have caught a juicy %fly by now


TRUCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I need to walk down a sidewalk
Last Line: Other %after everything %else


TRUE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: One of lorca's best lines


TRUE CONFESSION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now look benny, he said
Last Line: I guess we're both lawyers then, mr. %markovitch


TRUE STORY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They found him walking along the freeway
Last Line: God, or somebody, %bless %him


TRYING TO GET EVEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We'd had any number of joints and some
Last Line: And she probably %has


TRYING TO MAKE IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: New jock in from arizona


TURNABOUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She drives into the parking lot while
Last Line: Mercy, I think, doesn't the human race know anything %about mercy


TV, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I went to this place to see a movie
Last Line: Jesus christ, what a %night


TWINS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He hinted at times that I was a bastard and I told him to listen
Last Line: Waiting also %to die


TWINS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hey, said my friend, I want you to meet
Last Line: All right. Yes


TWO CRAZIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were the only two whites in the
Last Line: And if that ain't crazy %I'd rather %be


TWO DRUNKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was trying to write
Last Line: You see this poem


TWO TOUGHEST APES IN THE SOUTH BAY AREA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's this great big guy comes to see me, he sits in
Last Line: Anything closer than that would %wipe us %out


TWO TOUGHS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At l.A. City college there were two toughs, me and jed
Last Line: Here's a thanks %for that drink


UNCROWNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A retired middleweight boxer, hayden stuhlsatz, fought
Last Line: Said the county coroner. %an inquest is pending


UNDECENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Brisk, brisk, brisk
Last Line: And the mad %man %is right


UNDER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't pick anything up
Last Line: It is a victory to scratch %myself


UNKIND POEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They go on writing
Last Line: Tap tap tap, tap tap, tap tap tap, tap tap


UNTIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We've got to live with loss and
Last Line: We live with it and we live with it until we die


UNTIL IT HURTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You have to wait until it
Last Line: Out of the tips of %your %fingers


UNTIL THE LAST DAY OR NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What you've got I don't need and %what I need you don't %have,'she said to him
Last Line: Kill me %but you've got %what I %need %he smiled and %waitedfor %that


UNUSUAL PLACE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Just thinking about
Last Line: There's work to be done


UNUSUAL WOMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I met this woman %and she said
Last Line: A highly unusual woman


UNWRITTEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's been months now: the most
Last Line: So I could have %considered it %trivial


UP THROUGH THE NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The way I can tell it is the christmas
Last Line: Bearable and life worth %discarding


UP YOUR YELLOW RIVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A woman told a man
Last Line: Of those gravediggers %could write


UPON FIRST READING THE IMMORTAL LITERATURE OF THE WORLD --, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The school children %bang closed
Last Line: Boring %as %immortality


UPON PHONING AN X-WIFE NOT SEEN FOR 20 YEARS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I got her number from a girlfriend of mine
Last Line: Lobster. It was boiling nicely. And now she was too


UPON READING A CRITICAL REVIEW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's difficult to accept
Last Line: I am on the next page %the next book


UPON SPLITTING WITH THE LAST WOMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: ('you're 62 and I have potential...'
Last Line: It's a warm september, a.M. And %the cats have been fed


UPON THIS TIME, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fine then, thunderclaps at midnight, death in the
Last Line: And I can't even %shine %my shoes


VALENTINE GIFT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I sit looking dumbly at this stuffed red devil on my desk. I am in
Last Line: Piece of %blank typing paper


VALLEJO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is hard to find a man
Last Line: The sound of cesar vellejo's %steadfast tread imponderable


VAMPIRES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am hungover and in bed and the doorbell rings
Last Line: The way they do


VAN GOGH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Vain vanilla ladies strutting
Last Line: It never arrived


VEGAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a frozen tree that I wanted to paint
Last Line: I kept my mouth / shut
Subject(s): Americans; Doolittle, Hilda (1886-1961); Las Vegas, Nevada; United States; America


VEGAS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a frozen tree that I wanted to paint
Last Line: I kept my mouth %shut
Subject(s): Americans; Doolittle, Hilda (1886-1961); Las Vegas, Nevada; United States


VENGEANCE OF THE DAMNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The snoring in the flophouse was very loud, as usual
Last Line: It was muscated
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Flop-houses; Wine


VENGEANCE OF THE DAMNED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The snoring in the flophouse was very loud, as usual
Last Line: Tom passed the bottle. Max took the hit, passed it back %'thanks' %tom slipped the bottle under his
Subject(s): Drinks And Drinking; Flop-houses


VICTORY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What bargains we have made
Last Line: From us %but %our lives


VICTORY!, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We struck in the middle of a simple dawn
Last Line: The flowers rewarded us %with their beauty


VIEW FROM THE QUARTER, MARCH 12TH, 1965, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are in a terrible hurry to die
Last Line: Don't wanta think %no more


VIEW FROM THE SCREEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I cross the room
Last Line: As I %have lived


VIEWS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My friend says, how can you write so many poems
Last Line: And the subject is closed


VIOLIN PLAYER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was in the upper grandstand
Last Line: I was getting into evening


VIRGINS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting in this little mexican bar in san pedro
Last Line: Now there's room for whiskey


VISITATION, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Well, here we go now
Last Line: I come back here and %sit at this %keyboard. %to hell with this %poem


VOICE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We had a table outside
Last Line: Enough (had been) %said


VOICE OF CHINASKI, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Modern composers re writing pieces using
Last Line: And the nuns and the monks have %god


VOICE OUT OF THE VOID, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She phoned me about it from a far away
Last Line: I walked across the room and %snapped on the %tv


VOICES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My moustache is pasted-on
Last Line: And they grimmed and I knew I didn't mean it


VOTE FOR THE GENTLE LIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Burned senseless by other people's constant depression
Last Line: And even in death %it can be there


VOUCHSAFEMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Did you ever see a horse with a leg
Last Line: Its side, there like that, stalled %in reflection


WAIT, IT WILL FIND US, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: A day at the track
Last Line: You have become %accustomed %to


WAITING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hot summers in the mid-30's in los angeles
Last Line: Hot summer in the mid-30's in los angeles


WAITRESS AT THE YOGURT SHOP, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Oh my god %what have I %done? %won't %she %ever %shut up?


WALKING WITH THE DEAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: And talking with the dead and driving the freeways
Last Line: Throw it out %start over again


WALL CLOCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many years ago %in this one place where I worked
Last Line: Many more important things


WALLS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: After you've hit the bars a while
Last Line: Within dark and %peeling walls


WANDERING IN THE CAGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Languid conjecture during hours of moil, trapped in the shadows
Last Line: I am exactly what I am supposed to %be


WAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The black and the yellow met
Last Line: On the car radio


WAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: War, war, war
Last Line: Breathing like this


WARM ASSES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This friday night %the mexican girls at the catholic carnival
Last Line: Mournful mexican asses


WARM LIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Alone
Last Line: All that there %is %to know


WARNING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Upon your darkened red mouth wild birds scream
Last Line: The last one here


WASHRAG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Leaving for the track in the morning
Last Line: I blend into %time


WASTED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Too often the people complain that they have
Last Line: I want to be free of that


WATCHING CHARLES BUKOWSKI LOOK-A-LIKE W/AUTISTIC BOY ..............., by M. L. LIEBLER               
First Line: I hate republicans! %they never look like bukowski
Last Line: With bubblegum patches %on worn, old, recapped tires


WAVING AND WAVING GOODBYE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I paid this one's fare all the way from houston
Last Line: But I'm not sure


WAX JOB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Man, he said, sitting on the steps
Last Line: There was no way I could make it with %him


WAY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Murdered in the alleys of the land
Last Line: And I write poems for them


WAY IT IS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Almost everybody here is on
Last Line: Lovely %little %neighborhood


WAY IT IS NOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'll tell you %I've lived with some gorgeous women
Last Line: Being often enough %alone


WAY IT WORKS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She came out at 9:30 a.M. In the morning
Last Line: Now we wouldn't have to


WE AIN'T GOT NO MONEY, HONEY, BUT WE GOT RAIN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Call it the greenhouse effect or whatever
Last Line: The world might %never see %again


WE BOTH KNEW HIM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I knew him before I knew you, she said
Last Line: Of beer and, mister death %I left


WE CAN'T, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We can't win %it
Last Line: And the human %faces %watching


WE EVOLVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: At first it seems like fucking is the big thing
Last Line: It gives one the fidgets: waiting on %death


WE GET ALONG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The various women I have lived with have loved
Last Line: Nearly almost always faithful


WE MUST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We must bring %our own light %to the darkness %nobody is going %to do it %for u
Last Line: As the final season %leaps into %focus %nobody is going %to do it %for us


WE NEEDED HIM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: So big, with a cigar sticking out of his mouth
Last Line: And clear as that


WE WILL TASTE THE ISLANDS AND THE SEA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I know that some night
Last Line: All sadness, grinning %into flow


WE'LL TAKE THEM, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Those lobsters
Last Line: Flowers of the sea


WE'RE ALL GONNA MAKE IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My black buddy rice %I got him hooked
Last Line: Either one of us. %'scooby doobie do...'


WE'VE GOT TO COMMUNICATE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was a very sensitive man, she told me
Last Line: Tell me, why are you afraid of a woman's pussy


WE, THE ARTISTS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In san francisco the landlady, 80, helped me drag the green
Last Line: Francisco and new orleans were two of my %favorite towns


WEAK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are always proclaiming that
Last Line: And to proclaim %proclaim %proclaim


WEARING THE COLLAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I live with a lady and four cats


WEATHER IS HOT ON THE BACK OF MY WATCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The weather is hot on the back of my watch
Last Line: It was 4:35 p.M


WEATHER REPORT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I suppose it's raining in some spanish town
Last Line: That's the best way


WEATHER'S BEEN FAIR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now looking out toward town
Last Line: That's good enough for me


WELCOME DARKNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The door closes and you
Last Line: The murder of the %sun %the last of %life


WELL, THAT'S THE WAY IT IS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes when everything seems at


WET NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The rag. %she sat there, glooming
Last Line: I don't know about the %woman


WHAT A WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What I liked about e.E. Cummings
Last Line: One moon
Subject(s): Cummings, E. E. (1894-1962); Poetry & Poets


WHAT A WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: What I liked about e.E. Cummings
Last Line: One poet %like %that
Subject(s): Cummings, E. E. (1894-1962); Poetry And Poets


WHAT AM I DOING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Got to stop battling these wild speed jocks on the freeway as


WHAT CAN YOU DO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is always somebody to chop wood
Last Line: The tavern with dirty %fingernails


WHAT DO THEY WANT?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There are times when those eyes inside your
Last Line: What do they want?


WHAT THEY WANT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Vallejo writing about
Last Line: Dreary %admirers of %carnivals


WHAT WE NEED, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He was an old beatnik poet
Last Line: Went on talking in %the other room


WHAT WILL THE NEIGHBORS THINK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think that was the question asked most of me
Last Line: What the %neighbors thought


WHAT'S IT ALL MEAN?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: O yes huxley motorcaded through southern europe
Last Line: Looking up at the dark ceiling


WHAT'S THE USE OF A TITLE?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They don't make it
Last Line: As the old men play checkers in the sun %in the park


WHAT?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleepy now
Last Line: Christmas morning


WHEN I THINK OF MYSELF DEAD, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think of automobiles parked in a
Last Line: My clean and dirty underwear %away


WHEN THE VIOLETS ROAR AT THE SUN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They've got us in the cage
Last Line: At what they've done to us


WHERE TO PUT IT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't blame me if your car breaks down on the freeway
Last Line: But don't blame yourself


WHISTLER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She said, all of a sudden
Last Line: No wonder we sleep %away the %nights


WHITE DOG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I went for a walk on hollywood boulevard
Last Line: I let it walk away


WHO IN HELL IS TOM JONES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was shacked with a
Last Line: Pulling up my shorts %I tried to explain


WHOREHOUSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My first experience in a whorehouse


WIDE AND MOVING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is 98 degrees and I am standing in the center
Last Line: Peck in the dirt outside


WILD, FRESH WIND BLOWING...., by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I should not have blamed only my father, but
Last Line: Some fat old waitress bringing me a cup of coffee %is in comparison %like a fresh wild wind blowing


WIND THE CLOCK, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's just a slow day moving into a slow night
Last Line: It'll be the same damn thing


WINDY NIGHT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They smile and bring the food
Last Line: Szechwan shrimp with chinese %peas %again


WINE OF FOREVER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Re-reading some of fante's


WINNER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was the 6th round and tony musso was landing tough body shots
Last Line: Buzzard pushed the door open with a sweep of his left arm and %we filed in


WINTER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Big sloppy wounded dog
Last Line: Snow fell upon the %sierra madre


WINTER: 44TH YEAR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sad
Last Line: Leave the message


WISE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were wise
Last Line: Alone %too long!


WITHIN MY OWN MADNESS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have always been fascinated by chinese armies
Last Line: Preciseness fascinates me and the end of long- %windedness


WITHIN THE DENSE OVERCAST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The spaniards had it right and the greeks had it
Last Line: The pigeon speaks my %name


WOMAN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: This head like a saucer
Last Line: Heavy with everything %except my love


WOMAN FROM GERMANY, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every 3 or 4 nights the phone rings
Last Line: I want to know her name


WOMAN IN ORANGE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am frightened and %hung over crossing rowena avenue
Last Line: Frightened and hung over %all over %again


WOMAN IN THE SUPERMARKET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You don't think you'll find anybody in there
Last Line: Things out of the bags and started putting them away


WOMAN ON THE STREET, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Her shoes themselves
Last Line: She walks away


WOMEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My uncle ben was interested in the ladies
Last Line: And the remembrance %of %her laughter


WONDROUS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All right, lay on the rain
Last Line: The divine %broth


WORD (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The word has no legs or eyes
Last Line: Getting it down %getting it %down
Subject(s): Language


WORD (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: There was auden, I don't remember
Last Line: Always %after we are %not
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Language; Poetry And Poets


WORKERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: They laugh continually %even when
Last Line: Humor %to the %end


WORKING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, those days when I


WORKING IT OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In this steamy a.M. Hades claps its herpes hands and


WORKING OUT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Van gogh cut off his ear


WORLD WAR ONE MOVIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Were best, the aviators drank at the bar
Last Line: While %our fathers watched us %and %yawned


WORST AND THE BEST, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the hospitals and jails
Last Line: That's the best for me


WRITER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I think of the things I endured trying to be a
Last Line: And start %writing %again


WRITERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Harold knocked at the apartment door
Last Line: Most beautiful ways to spend a night that was ever invented %he poured the first one


WRITING, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often it is the only
Last Line: That's %what it %is


WRITING IS A STATE OF TRANCE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She walks in while
Last Line: Bad luck:I do it %very well


X-CON, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He did his time, came out, put on a black outfit and sang
Last Line: There was nobody in that crowd, nothing or nobody at all


X-FACTOR, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pain in back, feel bloated, should cut my
Last Line: Who could have %ever guessed


X-IDOL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I never watch tv so I don't know
Last Line: The mountains call us home


X-PUG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He hooked to the body hard
Last Line: But you'll have yor important tank of gas %and drive off


YANKEE DOODLE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I was young
Last Line: Fired but that was the one time %I felt it


YAWN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I believe that I love sleep %much more than anybody I've ever met
Last Line: I think it's the main reason I decided to become a writer :ican type anytime and sleep %when I damn


YEAH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Just heard a commercial %which told me %farmer john smokes his own
Last Line: Bacon %now, there's a tough %son of a %bitch


YEAH, MAN?, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The court was going to hell
Last Line: He moved %further west


YELLOW CAB, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The mexican dancer shook her fans at
Last Line: Destiny. Winner take barcelona. Next %bar


YELLOW PENCIL, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sitting in the stands with a
Last Line: I wink and %slide %the money %toward %him


YES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: No matter who I'm with
Last Line: The hollywood hills
Variant Title(s): Yes, I A


YES SIRREE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: All our neighbors think that
Last Line: And we're all %on %target


YES YES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When god created love he didn't help most
Last Line: He came all over his blessed universe


YOU, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You're a beast, she said
Last Line: What do you want for %breakfast


YOU CAN NEVER TELL WHO YOU'RE GOING TO MEET AT ANY MOMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She came up behind me
Last Line: Delahoussaye was due


YOU CAN'T TELL A TURKEY BY ITS FEATHERS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: My son, my father said, if you only had some


YOU DO IT WHILE YOU'RE KILLING FLIES, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Bach, I said, he had 20 children
Last Line: When do you do your writing?


YOU DON'T KNOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: You don't know how good it
Last Line: Until you've been %there


YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was a starving writer I used to read the major writers


YOU KNOW AND I KNOW AND THEE KNOW, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: That as the yellow shade rips
Last Line: We will defeat death


YOUNG, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: I watch them going up and down the hill on their
Last Line: Come on, let's find something to do
Subject(s): Youth


YOUNG IN NEW ORLEANS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Starving there, sitting around the bars
Last Line: Do %but only %know


YOUNG LOVE, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: We were nineteen, %angel, the little dark guy
Last Line: Somehow I don't think we were


YOUNG MAN ON THE BUS STOP BENCH, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: He sits all day at the bus stop
Last Line: The bench still sits there on the corner %advertising something


YOUNG MEN, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Again and again %young men write me
Last Line: And sleep forever


YOUNG POETS, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The young comfortable poets send their work to
Last Line: Fight, the only %fight


YRS., ANICA, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: She used to write me little notes
Last Line: Woman %I have ever met


ZERO (1), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dark taste in mouth, my neck is stiff, I am looking for
Last Line: Perhaps living through these petty days will get us ready %for the dangerous ones


ZERO (2), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sitting here watching the second hand on the timex go


ZERO (3), by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The consensus is that it's a difficult time
Last Line: On a hot %july night


ZOO, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: The elephants are caked with mud and tired
Last Line: We'll have to go to the zoo %again