8 count

By Charles Bukowski 1920–1994 Charles Bukowski
from my bed
I watch
3 birds
on a telephone   
wire.

one flies
off.
then   
another.

one is left,
then
it too
is gone.

my typewriter is
tombstone
still.

and I am
reduced to bird
watching.

just thought I'd
let you
know,
fucker.

“8 count” by Charles Bukowski, from Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame: Selected Poems 1955-1973. Copyright © 1994 by Charles Bukowski.  Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Inc.., www.harpercollins.com

Source: Run with the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1993)

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Poet Charles Bukowski 1920–1994

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Nature, Animals, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

Poetic Terms Epistle, Free Verse

 Charles  Bukowski

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Charles Bukowski was a prolific underground writer who used his his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life and the downtrodden in American society. A cult hero, Bukowski relied on experience, emotion, and imagination in his work, using direct language and violent and sexual imagery. While some critics found his style offensive, others claimed that Bukowski satirized the machismo attitude through his routine use . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Nature, Animals, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Epistle, Free Verse

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