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Charles Bukowski

De poëzie lezing

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Ik heb op dit log al veel en vaak een gedicht of een stuk over één van mijn favoriete dichters Charles Bukowski gedeeld. Dus waarom in deze vakantie periode niet nog een. Daarom hier het gedicht ‘The Poetry Reading’ een heerlijk, tikje vilein maar eerlijk gedicht over het voordragen van gedichten.

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the poetry reading

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poetry readings have to be some of the saddest
damned things ever,
the gathering of the clansmen and clanladies,
week after week, month after month, year
after year,
getting old together,
reading on to tiny gatherings,
still hoping their genius will be
discovered,
making tapes together, discs together,
sweating for applause
they read basically to and for
each other,
they can’t find a New York publisher
or one
within miles,
but they read on and on
in the poetry holes of America,
never daunted,
never considering the possibility that
their talent might be
thin, almost invisible,
they read on and on
before their mothers, their sisters, their husbands,
their wives, their friends, the other poets
and the handful of idiots who have wandered
in
from nowhere.
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I am ashamed for them,
I am ashamed that they have to bolster each other,
I am ashamed for their lisping egos,
their lack of guts.
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if these are our creators,
please, please give me something else:
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a drunken plumber at a bowling alley,
a prelim boy in a four rounder,
a jock guiding his horse through along the
rail,
a bartender on last call,
a waitress pouring me a coffee,
a drunk sleeping in a deserted doorway,
a dog munching a dry bone,
an elephant’s fart in a circus tent,
a 6 p.m. freeway crush,
the mailman telling a dirty joke
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anything
anything
but
these.

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