born in a rowboat in Lake Los Angeles during the stock market crash, charles bukowski, americas greatest poet, never saw riches until he was in his 50s and never cared about them once he had them.
what he loved he did, be he broke or wealthy: the drink, the dance, the fight, the fuck.
he had a higher voice than youd expect and he sang when he spoke.
how do you doooooo, he’d say as his horse rounded the home stretch with the lead.
he loved to gamble on the ponies so much that he’d often drop off his wife at the huntington library in pasadena even if the horses were running in hollywood park. afterwards he would pick her up. was he drunk? probably. did he ever get a DUI?
did mark twain?
if you were talking to Tom Petty right now would you ask him such a question?
Charles “Henry” Bukowski loved cats and classical music. he didnt care for your questions unless you were a pretty girl at a poetry reading at a college where he was invited to speak. and then he would just watch their lips move and eyes crinkle and hair gently flow.
did he ever cheat on any of his girlfriends or wives? WHERE DID YOU GET THESE QUESTIONS? DID ROOSEVELT? DID MONROE? DID LASORDA?
he smoked when he drank and drank when he wrote and wrote in a rocking chair in front of a typewriter until the year 19 hundred and 90, the year punk broke when he switched over to an Apple Quadra. the step brother of the Mac. a very young Steve Jobs himself poured sand in Bukowski’s keyboard so the clicking sounds would be louder.
once Jobs offered Bukowski LSD but the poet didn’t want any of that nonsense. he wasn’t a Beat! he’d bellow. give that hippie crap to Ferlinghetti or Proust or Philben! he just wanted a cold bottle of something bubbly
and your undying love.
you, the one with the ruby red lip colors
you with the barrette
you with the notepad half filled with scribbles.
hop into my rowboat.