Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

I Met A Genius - Poem by Charles Bukowski

I met a genius on the train
today
about 6 years old,
he sat beside me
and as the train
ran down along the coast
we came to the ocean
and then he looked at me
and said,
it's not pretty.


Comments about I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski

  • (9/27/2007 7:56:00 PM)


    Here is the full text of the poem:


    I met a genius on the train
    today
    about 6 years old,
    as he sat beside me
    and as the train
    ran down along the coast
    we came to the ocean
    and then he looked at me
    and said,
    it's not pretty

    it was the first time I'd
    realized
    that.


    A brief analysis:

    He was concerned with self-autonomy with regard to life and art, and the influence greater society plays in stripping the self of autonomy. Athough people are conditioned to 'see' in a certain way, that is not necessarily the way to 'see'.
    As an example, we usually think of a pastoral scene as being beautiful, or nature as being good or beautiful. But we need to question this approach to thinking, question assumptions. Do we experience the world the way we are conditioned to, or do we view it with control over our own ideas, our own individual vision.
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  • (9/27/2007 7:07:00 PM)


    The ending is:

    it was the first time I'd
    realized
    that.
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  • (9/16/2007 2:11:00 PM)


    Incredible! There is a universe of hidden, simple wisdom and truth in this poem of only ten lines - if you can see it.

    Bukowski was such a master.
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  • (1/26/2005 1:37:00 PM)


    i dont know what it is. but i cant stop reading it. and sometimes it makes me sad. but i like it. it makes a lot of since. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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