charles bukowski | nothing is as effective as defeat

5 10 2007



Poetry Dispatch No. 23 | November 7, 2005

nothing is as effective as defeat by Charles Bukowski

always carry a notebook with you
wherever you go, he said,
and don’t drink too much, drinking dulls
the sensibilities.
attend readings, note breath pauses,
and when you read
always understate
underplay, the crowd is smarter than you
might think,
and when you write something
don’t send it out right away,
put it in a drawer for two weeks,
then take it out and look
at it, and revise, revise,
REVISE again and again,
tighten lines like bolts holding the span
of a 5 mile bridge,
and keep a notebook by your bed,
you will get thoughts during the night
and these thoughts will vanish and be wasted
unless you notate them.
and don’t drink, any fool can
drink, we are men of

for a guy who couldn’t write at all
he was about like the rest
of them: he could sure
talk about



One response

12 10 2007
Robert M. Zoschke

If anyone out there has a first edition of Chinaski’s Longshot Pomes for Broke Players, let’s talk price…

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