Poem I (gasp!) enjoyed

By July 21, 2009Uncategorized

Read this poem on Janet Reid‘s agenting blog this morning and really really love it.

Air and light and time and space

By Charles Bukowski

“-you know, I’ve either had a family, a job, something
has always been in the
way
but now
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
For the first time in my life I’m going to have a place and the time to
create.”

No baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
welfare,
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your
body blown
away,
you’re going to create blind
crippled
demented,
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire.

Baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.”

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Chitownmez says:

    1. Love the poem. SO much. for SO many reasons.2. Janet Reid – awesome.3. Her intern!?! – even more awesome.How many more awesome people am I going to have to follow because of your own innate awesomeness!?! Too. Much. Awesome.

  • Lori says:

    I agree—there's a lot of awesome out there. Definitely follow the INTERN, but that's not Janet Reid's intern, just an anonymous intern out there also in the publishing world. Janet was just pimping her blog. What other awesome can I rake up today for you?

  • Kim Rader says:

    That poem is harsh and so true. So very true.

  • That is a good one. I will probably return to it often and think hard about it.If you'd like to find more poetry in roughly this style, I'd suggest Billy Collins or Lawson Fisao Inada. Both brilliant contemporary American poets. Then again, maybe it was just this individual piece that struck a chord with you, and looking for others will be pointless?Love your blog, by the way.

  • Lori says:

    Thanks, Brian! I do actually like some of the Billy Collins I've read. Although this one is probably a favorite because of content, rather than style. I like how straight it is, how simple.

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