Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fake Ad/Perhaps Just a Little Money/Bukowski Reciting "The Poetry Reading/Bukowski Makes Me Happy/Scott Fitzgerald Advice/


   

 Well, perhaps a little bit of money

Albeit not for Poetry.  Those very occasional checks run $10 to $50.  This $100 one is for a story "Res Kid" in Crucible.  But the point here is to introduce readers to Jessica Piazza and her wonderful blog experiment called "Poetry Has Value." It's easy to use and to participate.  You may thank me!  Press Poetry Has Value.

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Charles Bukowski "The Poetry Reading"




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The transaction that we call the experience of poetry always takes place between one being and another...adjacent souls with permeable boundaries...Poetry readings may be good advertising but they can't alter the monogamous character of the real event.  I poetry, as in love, two is company, three is always a crowd.  -- Sven Birkerts - The Poet and His Reader.

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Bukowski Makes Me Happy
 
Drop in
to Trehorn,
start to read
Bukowski who’s recalling
a rag man and
his exhausted horse
during the depression.
So I ask myself
Is this poetry?
Not
everyone else
thinks it is—
He makes me happy and
Black Sparrow grew out of him.
so of course
it must be
poetry.
Hookers nudie dancers
barrooms made him
happy just thinking
about them— this Charles
or Hank clobbering
that loudmouthed Irish barkeep
who the others cheered to win—
So it goes with drunks bums addicts,
saints pleasuring in memories
bathing in our own brief smile,
never again wanting
to kill after wanting to
kill that rag picker who was
possessing and whipping another
ancient mangy mare.

Published in Zombie Logic Review March 2014

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From F. Scott Fitzgerald

For what it’s worth…  It’s never too late, or in my mind too early, to be whoever you want to be.  There’s no time limit.  Start whenever you want.  You can change or stay the same.  There are no rules to this thing.  We can make the best or the worst of it.  I hope you the make the best of it.  I hope you see things that startle you.  I hope feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people who have a different point of view.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

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8 comments:

Pat Nolan said...

Ed, I like the new look, well organized. I just recently remodeled my Table of Contents page at Ode To Sunset, and replaced the banner on my publishers site. Cyber maintenance. Pat

JP said...

Thanks for this, Ed. I appreciate your support of Poetry Has Value!

Julia (Vose) McClung said...

thank you, Ed. Lot's of good info. a great service to North country. did you submit to MPC anthology by 3/15. Smiles, Julia

RD Armstrong said...

Ed, I listened to and enjoyed the little film, The Poetry Reading and then scanned the other stuff. Can't do too much reading at the moment, preparing myself for the onslaught as the next Lummox rolls into view and the call for submissions goes into effect on the first. So for now, I can listen to the Buk do his thing and as I do so a couple of things pop into my head: 1) he could hardly stand to face the day without his 'liquid courage' and yet I face each day down, sober. It takes guts to do battle with one's demons, hell, with everybody else's demons too and still not be lured into the easy trap of booze.

2) Buk talks about the blood money he makes from poetry, tho I'm not sure how true this is. At the apex of his career, when he could stop doing readings, he was making at least $500 (sometimes $1000) per. Not exactly chump change, yet he implies that what he does to raise the rent money is those damned poetry readings. Ha!

When I give a reading and I expect to sell $100 worth of books, if it doesn't work out that way, it's because I haven't done my job very well. It's not because it's some kind of embarrassment that at the age of 64 I still have to do this demeaning job (of course one can argue that it's demeaning to have to work at this age - but that's also my fault...long story). Most of the Lummox readers don't have a clue as to what goes into putting out this book or what the daily money shuffle is like.

I'm gonna stop now because this sounds like a whine and that was not my intention.

Take care, Ed.
rd

David Rollison said...

I read that the Fitzgerald quote is not a Fitzgerald quote but was added to the screenplay for "Benjamin Button"...

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John Mathew said...

Really great article...keep writing :)

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