Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

A Radio With Guts - Poem by Charles Bukowski

it was on the 2nd floor on Coronado Street
I used to get drunk
and throw the radio through the window
while it was playing, and, of course,
it would break the glass in the window
and the radio would sit there on the roof
still playing
and I'd tell my woman,
"Ah, what a marvelous radio!"
the next morning I'd take the window
off the hinges
and carry it down the street
to the glass man
who would put in another pane.
I kept throwing that radio through the window
each time I got drunk
and it would sit there on the roof
still playing-
a magic radio
a radio with guts,
and each morning I'd take the window
back to the glass man.
I don't remember how it ended exactly
though I do remember
we finally moved out.
there was a woman downstairs who worked in
the garden in her bathing suit,
she really dug with that trowel
and she put her behind up in the air
and I used to sit in the window
and watch the sun shine all over that thing
while the music played.


Comments about A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski

  • Rajnish Manga (7/5/2019 11:15:00 PM)

    Nothing idealistic here. It is all about a common who is driven more by his instinct than by his brain.
    Thanks for the poem being shared.
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  • Khairul Ahsan (7/5/2019 10:38:00 PM)

    An innocent alcoholic? Not much of trouble had he created, instead wrote a nice poem when drunk, or about his drunkenness. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (7/5/2019 1:46:00 PM)

    A fine example of modern poem it is indeed! Thanks for sharing here! (Report)Reply

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  • Malabika Ray Choudhury (7/5/2019 7:59:00 AM)

    Fascinating poem by Charles Bukowski! What an honest description of a drunken man throwing a radio out through the window, and the radio still playing music! The exceptional nature, sensitivity and variety of his topics (e.g. A Smile To Remember) are incomparable! My Favourite Poet! (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 4:05:00 AM)

    CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day. To the poet's closest descendants.
    May he rest in peace. Amen..
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 4:01:00 AM)

    I've enjoyed so much this famous poem about his being an alcoholist. That Radio with GUTS is of course kept in a Special Home for his special attributes, the Attributes of a famous Poet Charles Bukowski. I have known an excellent tennis player who daily drinks all day long till he died all of a sudden one day, as with all alcoholists, .Avon (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 3:46:00 AM)

    Like the famous poet Bukowski, this alcoholist in Mumbai, India, drinks all day long, and UNLIKE Bukowski, this alcoholist is stalking all innocent women all the time, and is constantly LYING. Wished he were like Bukowski, then no one will be bullied but every one can read his poems. But he is not a poet nor a psychologist as he told he is. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/5/2019 3:33:00 AM)

    The music of life still plays on? (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    That constant bullier on PH is constantly LYING because then he got money from the church where he lives in Mumbay Bay. He constantly lies only for the sake of drinking. He is a heavy alcoholist. I am sure he is the devil in own being, devils can have different names, like his is AVON DASH and still resides in MUMBAI in India. God IS. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 3:24:00 AM)

    Most fascinating to read than to live with under one roof. His being drunk is that he had always been pretty to his woman, and we call this a GOOD DRINKER, of course he IS an alcoholic, every day he is drunk, like that Bullier here on PH who lives in Mumbay Bay and uses money from the church while this church is collecting for the orphans in the orphanage. This drunkard, a heavy alcoholic, his name is AVON DASH and he is still there. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/5/2019 3:19:00 AM)

    Bukowski and his poems, and the naked woman and the broken window and the RADIO with GUTS, all used as figures in his poems while he was sober. When he got drunk, the radio was thrown out of the window and the window glass was broken each time he got drunk. This poem is from his sane period, methinks. Most Fascinating (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/5/2019 1:05:00 AM)

    music
    plays a heart rhythm
    for the love
    the woman
    the Radio gifts all in one moment.........! ///
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/5/2019 1:00:00 AM)

    The garden in her bathing suit! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (7/5/2019 12:44:00 AM)

    What humor. What imagery. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/5/2019 12:34:00 AM)

    Though radio is lifeless yet it has been described as tolerated person having sweet tone. Beautiful poem with amusing expression. (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (7/5/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    still playing-
    a magic radio
    a radio with guts,
    and each morning I'd take the window
    back to the glass man.
    I don't remember how it ended exactly
    though I do remember
    we finally moved out.

    great poetic verse
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/5/2019 12:30:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Charles Bukowski.............................. (Report)Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan (2/15/2017 4:26:00 AM)

    Radio was so honest that it kept doing the given work....but you never seemed to appreciate it....your admiration
    was elsewhere...honestly crafted work- 10++
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  • Smoky Hoss (1/26/2015 6:19:00 PM)

    Good thing he threw that radio out the window so he'd be able to stick his head out and get a better look. Good thing that radio was so tough, so he could do it again and again. Wise that old Bukowski was. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/22/2014 8:45:00 PM)

    I find this poem interesting. If you change the form and punctuation, It would be good prose. this is true with much of free form. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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