…I have a new story, "Bad Connection" up at 52/250 A Year of Flash, and also a poem, "Bukowski and Carver" at Calliope Nerve. Both are also here under "Words in Print."
…I've said how much I like Charles Bukowski. I'm currently reading his collection, "Love is a Dog From Hell" how's that for a title?) It's kind of a coincidence to be reading him and have a poem I wrote about him published in the same day. If he were alive, I doubt he'd be impressed.
Anyway, here's a poem of his--excerpted because it's long and also profane--that I really like. Enjoy:
"how to become a writer"
…if you have the ability to love
love yourself first
but always be aware of the possibility of
whether the reason for that defeat
seems right or wrong--
an early taste of death is not necessarily
a bad thing…
get a large typewriter
and as the footsteps go up and down
outside your window
hit that thing
hit it hard
make it a heavyweight fight
make it the bull when he first charges in
and remember the old dogs who fought so well:
Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun.
if you think they didn't go crazy
in tiny rooms
just lik you're doing now
then you're not ready.
drink more beer.
and if there's not
that's all right