Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

A Following


the phone rang at 1:30 a.m.
and it was a man from Denver:

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Alistair Plint (11/2/2012 7:26:00 AM)

    i was going to simply agree with Sarita below, but no...

    Dear Site Manager,

    Do not rip the classics apart. Either post them in full, or refrain from posting them at all. Who wants to read one line out of a poem, that's like only seeing the error page of a website (useless) . besides to the likes of Chuck Buk, it is just disrespectful.

    get some radio guts.

    this 20 line poem, which is brilliant looks like nonesense when only the single line is posted.

    grow up!

    Al. (Report) Reply

  • Sarita Brown (10/31/2009 2:55:00 PM)

    i find it really amusing that a site dedicated to poetry would censor the poets! !
    language is language.
    'Bad' words are only words.

    this is not Chinowsky; s poem.

    this is a watered down version of his poem

    and there is so much he had to say and he used the language that
    shocked that disturbed that grabbed your soul and shook it good baby

    censorship is wrong. Art is not for sissies. Poetry is not all
    'oo la la' and sentimentality

    poetry is the tool of the masses to tell the truth about the world, about love and death and life and war and loneliness. not a salve to make it all better..

    i publish most of my stuff on scribd now for this reason.

    but i love to come read all the growing poets.

    stop censorship.
    its just wrong. (Report) Reply

  • Kathleen W (9/29/2009 9:29:00 PM)

    Charles Bukowski was for his bluntness he had I dont give a crap attitude thats what I admire about him. He Is all about free verse wish it would come back instead of all this water downed stuff that we read today. (Report) Reply

  • Kaye Cee (7/29/2008 11:43:00 PM)

    I think the 'Following' signifies his cult following. And the man who called from Denver was a fan. (Report) Reply

  • Walter Durk (9/17/2007 7:02:00 PM)

    I found the entire text at another site. Since it includes some profanity I suppose some sites do not wish to include it.
    I think it's a good poem, and certainly not conventional. I was amused by the frankness of it. I would not say it is my favorite piece at all, but it is interesting and a shout from a very 'free' spirit at the time. (Report) Reply

  • Ben Gieske (5/25/2007 1:04:00 PM)

    The title, A Following, may be the key to this one. I have received such calls at night, sometimes wrong numbers and sometimes a person who definitiely was drinking. Someone lonely, looking to connect with another human being, someone with a problem just wanting to talk? This poem may tell us something about are humanness. (Report) Reply

  • Sean O'Carroll (5/25/2006 5:18:00 PM)

    Perhaps these short bursts of expression are meant to juggle the contents of the mind, like Buddhist koans. The purpose being to identify the difference between 'explanation' and 'understanding.' Or, perhaps, to highlight the notion that God is not always 'in the details, ' so to speak. Sometimes God watches from the perimeter. (Report) Reply

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