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Crucifix In A Deathhand

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yes, they begin out in a willow, I think
the starch mountains begin out in the willow
and keep right on going without regard for
pumas and nectarines
somehow these mountains are like
an old woman with a bad memory and
a shopping basket.
we are in a basin. that is the
idea. down in the sand and the alleys,
this land punched-in, cuffed-out, divided,

held like a crucifix in a deathhand,
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Martin O'Neill 10 February 2012

This observation of the humdrum, the amazing perception of the life teeming all around and the feeling of being there with Buk is why I love his work.

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Mark Arvizu 06 October 2015

Charles, you need to spend some time out of the city.Head out to the track in Arcadia. Spend some time looking at Mt. Wilson. It's free you know.

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Souren Mondal 03 February 2016

A fine advice Mark.. Unfortunately Bukowski died in 1994, about 22 years ago.. It would be hard for him to follow your advice...

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Tom Allport 13 January 2019

An observational poem written a while ago yet nothing really changes? The poor are still poor and the mountains still cry?

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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 January 2019

A marvelous poem by Charles Bukowski......................

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Anil Kumar Panda 13 January 2019

A great poem by a great poet. Thanks for sharing.

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Edward Kofi Louis 13 January 2019

In a willow! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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