Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Carson Mccullers

Poem by Charles Bukowski

she died of alcoholism
wrapped in a blanket
on a deck chair
on an ocean
steamer.

all her books of
terrified loneliness

all her books about
the cruelty
of loveless love

were all that was left
of her

as the strolling vacationer
discovered her body

notified the captain

and she was quickly dispatched
to somewhere else
on the ship

as everything
continued just
as
she had written it


Comments about Carson Mccullers by Charles Bukowski

  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (6/21/2020 11:43:00 PM)

    'as everything
    continued just
    as
    she had written it' - a sad note on a sad end to a sad tale of a sad soul!(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/21/2020 4:21:00 PM)

    Bukowski's train of thought wasn't just out there.
    It was out and out there.
    He was one of a kind.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/21/2020 2:48:00 PM)

    all her books of
    terrified loneliness

    all her books about
    the cruelty
    of loveless love.....loneliness, love less life..... beautifully written. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Soul Mate (6/21/2020 1:53:00 PM)

    That’s the cruelty of loveless love, kills you slowly Nd painfully why? Be with her(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/21/2020 9:08:00 AM)

    A glowing tribute to a typical authoress of particular type of books. A great modern poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Harley WhiteHarley White (6/21/2020 7:55:00 AM)

    The ending packs a wallop as his poems can...(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/21/2020 4:16:00 AM)

    there's loneliness and loveless love
    in the den of poetic heart
    by the course of time
    everything in oblivious
    oh decaying the existence of poetic excellence........(Report)Reply

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  • Kondwelani Tembo NguluweKondwelani Tembo Nguluwe (6/21/2020 4:07:00 AM)

    Chills down my spine.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/21/2020 1:00:00 AM)

    Addiction! ! !
    Leading to her death;
    Her books left behind.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (6/21/2020 12:32:00 AM)

    Though this tells a very sad story, I would have liked a more metaphorical language. Horror stories even if moving are not poetry but just sad or cruel narratives. But do not take this as the last word on your poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Rini MarkleRini Markle (6/21/2020 12:12:00 AM)

    Brilliant! The poet sees beyond the ordinariness of life.(Report)Reply

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  • Ajay Mev (12/23/2018 4:32:00 AM)

    This is heart touching poem.....Nice bluebird....(Report)Reply

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (7/18/2018 11:23:00 PM)

    What a sad ending for one so talented.
    There is no lack of anguished artists, pained poets, and woeful writers.
    May Carson McCullers Rest In Peace.(Report)Reply

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  • Louie AriesLouie Aries (7/18/2018 10:19:00 PM)

    As everything continued just as she had written it..
    Wonderful..(Report)Reply

    M.hill(8/18/2019 7:08:00 AM)

    That IS, the crux✌🏿

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  • Jayatissa K.Liyanage (7/18/2018 4:42:00 AM)

    A pathetic story of the fate of a poetess who loved all around her, but not herself. Just a few words, yet a complete chapter. Great! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (7/18/2018 2:43:00 AM)

    A sad poem of life on the ocean wave? With all of it's ups and downs and frowns and sounds and lost loves.......well penned(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/18/2018 1:57:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Charles Bukowski👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/18/2018 1:03:00 AM)

    Oh! Loneliness
    You are curse!
    Oh! Loveless love
    You are curse!
    Oh! all words of loneliness and cruel love are dancing on the nib of pen
    the pen grins at writings in outcast love!
    Oh! the ocean devours whole of writer
    at the end no peace was there
    from strolling vacationer to whole unknown the writer was dispatching.......................!

    by this way a lonely writer is decaying!

    excellent writing(Report)Reply

    Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith(7/18/2018 1:44:00 AM)

    Yours, too, shows your skill.

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (7/18/2018 12:32:00 AM)

    A clever poem. Apparently buried at sea to the sound of a fog horn.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/2/2015 2:08:00 PM)

    Telling and strong poem. Truth of life, alcohol is bad yet people knowingly consume it....(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003