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Bukowski Publication

Henry Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer, completing thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels during his lifetime. In the Fifties and Sixties, he worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. After leaving his position, Bukowski completed his first novel, Post Office. He is a favorite among artists and musicians, having inspired the likes of Tom Waits, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Modest Mouse, and Buck 65. Bukowski's gravestone reads: "Don't Try."

 

 

bluebird

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?

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