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MOCKING BIRD WISH ME LUCK

CHARLES BUKOWSKI, 1972

I read this a lot while writing BEGINNERS. I’m not into alcoholics or macho-depressives, and yet I find these poems magical. Like a loud-talking and dirtier compatriot of William Carlos Williams; both practicing such an individual and kind of religious attention to the domestic. Both of them so patient at turning what might seem like life’s debris into the transcendental. And at least for me, the graphic design Oscar goes to this book cover.

my landlady and my landlord

56, she leans
forward
in the kitchen
2:25 a.
m.
same red
sweater
holes in
elbows

cook him something to
EAT
he says
From the
same red
face

3 years ago
we broke down a tree
fighting
after he caught me
kissing
her.

beer by the
quarts
we drink
bad beer
by the
quarts

she gets up
and
begins to
fry
something

all night
we sings songs
songs from 1925 a.
d. to
1939 a.
d.
we talk about
short skirts
Cadillacs the
Republican Administration
the depression
taxes
horses
Oklahoma

here
you son of a bitch
she says.

drunk
I lean forward and
eat.



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