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(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

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And The Moon And The Stars And The World

Long walks at night--
that's what good for the soul:
peeking into windows
watching tired housewives
trying to fight off
their beer-maddened husbands.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Stephen W (12/28/2012 9:57:00 PM)

    I've lived for years in a slum neighbourhood infested with drunks. I often go for long walks late at night.
    In the city you can't see the stars. I've never looked in a window and seen a drunk chasing his wife about.
    It just doesn't happen.

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  • Alistair Plint (11/2/2012 7:51:00 AM)

    i don't think Mr. Buk has issues... i think the subjects (people) in the poem are the ones with the issues... after reading it again and again, i comprehend that Mr. Buk is ripping the abusive husbands up. I think he does a fairly good job of it. I also found the way he used the structure tired housewives and fight off to display a respect of her the CEO of home affairs. Thanks for this Charles, we need people who stand up for these issues, btw, have you met an angel yet? If you do will you ask them to dropp a wallnut on Robert Quilter's head please? *kidding* Al.

  • Reginald Tyler (4/16/2012 6:45:00 PM)

    You are in the mind of the man. You can't be disappointed or happy about what he says. You can accept it, or not accept it. Its a poem. Its a fleeting moment in time when he had those thoughts.

  • Roxy Del Mar (3/24/2012 1:05:00 AM)

    Quilter, white trash is NOT glamorous. Not only is your statement fetid classism, as Ms. Fantasy so accurately put it, but considered extremely offensive and racist in the South, if not all the US. And if we're going to be beyond anything, it should be making remarks such as the ones you just did.

  • Abby Fantasy (10/24/2009 1:09:00 PM)

    La de da. Mr. Quilter's fetid classism is repulsive.

  • Robert Quilter (9/26/2008 3:17:00 PM)

    i think we should be way beyond any arguement that C.Bukowski was a moderate poet.He represented 'marginal' people in the California he knew, and probably a large chunk of the rest of the states.'White trash' as they are sometimes catorgorised and glamorised now. This is stunning, for all the reasons posters have mentioned before and because it means something.It's a real issue for hundreds of thousands maybe millions of people

  • Ian X (5/3/2008 1:01:00 AM)

    Buk's got more than 'some issues', its the life that molded the clay into a great artist.

  • Angeline Andre (1/13/2008 9:27:00 AM)

    well i feel mad for this dude but its obvious he has some issues

  • Michael Speakman (9/10/2007 6:06:00 AM)

    On first glance Bukowski is a puzzle.Try and write like him though.His economy is awesome.Little words with short sentences that paint the whole picture? Very difficult.Zicky.

  • Brian Dorn (7/20/2006 4:43:00 PM)

    Interesting spin on the notion of nightly walks being good for the soul... the distant moon and stars contrasted with the hardness of the world in which we live.

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