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Charles Bukowski - To The Whore Who Took My Poems

some say we should keep personal remorse from the 
stay abstract, and there is some reason in this,
but jezus;
twelve poems gone and I don't keep carbons and you have
paintings too, my best ones; its stifling:
are you trying to crush me out like the rest of them?
why didn't you take my money? they usually do
from the sleeping drunken pants sick in the corner.
next time take my left arm or a fifty
but not my poems:
I'm not Shakespeare
but sometime simply
there won't be any more, abstract or otherwise; 
there'll always be mony and whores and drunkards
down to the last bomb,
but as God said,
crossing his legs,
I see where I have made plenty of poets
but not so very much

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Poet: Charles Bukowski
Poem: To The Whore Who Took My Poems
Poem of the Day: Aug 21 2012

Comment 12 of 12, added on November 11th, 2010 at 10:48 AM.

Well i think we can all tell from reading the comments what demographic this particular poem offends......
people need to stop being so sensitive and look past the crude-ness of it to see what makes it great and i think the poet from fiji said it best as to why it is

drunkhard from United States
Comment 11 of 12, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 6:06 PM.

well i just started using this web site today and i think its wonderful.How you expressed yourself,thinking nobody would read it.Its just wonderful how you expressed your anger i felt very touched by your anger thanks! =)

Comment 10 of 12, added on February 26th, 2007 at 4:23 PM.

I think those that confuse prettiness with substance might not get this one. It's the same theme as "Blackbird", really: the soft side of the hard-ass. Bukowski was a tough guy to whom nothing was sacred, but he gets so defensive of his poetry. I think the contradiction and confusion are what make it so meaningful.

An unnamed poet from Fiji

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