Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski Picture Gallery

“like now as like before and before I have been slowly
drinking this fine red wine and listening to symphony after
symphony from this black radio to my left

some symphonies remind me of certain cities and certain rooms,
make me realize that certain people now long dead were able to
transgress graveyards

and traps and cages and bones and limbs

people who broke through with joy and madness and with
insurmountable force

in tiny rented rooms I was struck by miracles

and even now after decades of listening I still am able to hear
a new work never heard before that is totally
bright, a fresh-blazing sun

there are countless sub-stratas of rising surprise from the
human firmament

music has an expansive and endless flow of ungodly

writers are confined to the limit of sight and feeling upon the
page while musicians leap into unrestricted immensity

right now it’s just old Tchaikowsky moaning and groaning his
way through symphony #5
but it’s just as good as when I first heard it…”

from “Me and Faulkner”

– Charles Bukowski


  1. lkthayer · May 9, 2010

    I love you Hank…squeezing you is always a pleasure, wherever you are I hope you squeeze The Juice Bar!! A drop for your drink! 🙂

  2. alexis Rhone Fancher · May 9, 2010

    Thanks, Lisa, for continuing to put such delicious meals of poetry and pictures before me! Inspiration from a stunning repast!

  3. lkthayer · May 9, 2010

    Thank you Alexis, as I know you are a huge Hank fan too!!!
    My pleasure!! 🙂

  4. nicolerigets · May 9, 2010

    One of his best!! I love Tchaikowsky too. Thanks Lisa!

  5. lynne · May 9, 2010

    oh, this is wonderful! have been reading walker percy the last couple of weeks, and this brings him to mind… thank you!

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