The People Look Like Flowers at Last: New Poems (Hardcover)

New Poems

By Charles Bukowski

Ecco Press, 9780060577070, 299pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2007

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the gas line is leaking, the bird is gone from the
cage, the skyline is dotted with vultures;
Benny finally got off the stuff and Betty now has a job
as a waitress; and
the chimney sweep was quite delicate as he
giggled up through the
soot.
I walked miles through the city and recognized
nothing as a giant claw ate at my
stomach while the inside of my head felt
airy as if I was about to go
mad.
its not so much that nothing means
anything but more that it keeps meaning
nothing,
theres no release, just gurus and self-
appointed gods and hucksters.
the more people say, the less there is to say.
even the best books are dry sawdust.

—from "fingernails; nostrils; shoelaces"

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