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Bukowski night at Smiths!

By johnboy - 22 March 2012 26

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Steven Bailey and Tom O’Niel will be hosting a reading of works by the decrepit American poet Charles Bukowski at Smith’s Bookshop

Thursday 29 March, 6:30pm. Wine will be served – teetotallers need not attend.

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astrojax 7:33 am 30 Mar 12

Jethro said :

poetix said :

Jethro said :

Most of us just drank wine and pretended we were more interesting than we actually are. I, for example, wore a hat.

Was it a nice hat?

Well, nice covers so many bases, doesn’t it? :
(a) I see it as nice in a ‘I’m a poet who shops at op-shops who has no awareness of her husband’s income’ sort of way. Ideal for a Bukowski reading!

(b) Yes, it is a nice hat. One of the gorgeous young women who works at Tilley’s told me so. Her casual comment made my day.

(c) It has shiny bits.

Was it eaten by a bear?

if so, let’s hope poetix wasn’t in it at the time…

Jethro 10:17 pm 29 Mar 12

poetix said :

Jethro said :

Most of us just drank wine and pretended we were more interesting than we actually are. I, for example, wore a hat.

Was it a nice hat?

Well, nice covers so many bases, doesn’t it? :
(a) I see it as nice in a ‘I’m a poet who shops at op-shops who has no awareness of her husband’s income’ sort of way. Ideal for a Bukowski reading!

(b) Yes, it is a nice hat. One of the gorgeous young women who works at Tilley’s told me so. Her casual comment made my day.

(c) It has shiny bits.

Was it eaten by a bear?

poetix 9:45 pm 29 Mar 12

Jethro said :

Most of us just drank wine and pretended we were more interesting than we actually are. I, for example, wore a hat.

Was it a nice hat?

Well, nice covers so many bases, doesn’t it? :
(a) I see it as nice in a ‘I’m a poet who shops at op-shops who has no awareness of her husband’s income’ sort of way. Ideal for a Bukowski reading!

(b) Yes, it is a nice hat. One of the gorgeous young women who works at Tilley’s told me so. Her casual comment made my day.

(c) It has shiny bits.

I-filed 9:21 pm 29 Mar 12

poetix said :

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

… … … … …

Since then ’tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

Philistine! You’ve totally misquoted this. You left off 28 of her (intentional) initial-capital letters.

Jethro 9:07 pm 29 Mar 12

poetix said :

Just got back from this. I still think Bukowski was not the world’s greatest poet, as the rather name-shy Steven, (I think? the youngish man with the longish hair who dresses quite conservatively), said in his introduction. And conclusion. Bukowski’s poem about bluebirds borders on the sticky slough of Hallmark, for instance. But his work reads out loud better than it does on the page, especially when done by someone like Kathy (spelling?) who could read ACT Assembly minutes and make them almost as exciting as Shakespeare.

And there is the exploration of the linking of the mundane and the sacred there, which appeals to a God-botherer like me. Peter Strong (Smith’s owner who supports so many events) read a poem inspired by Bukowski which was quite substantially cool. On the whole, it was a far gentler night than might have been expected, and that, in my opinion, is good.

Most of us just drank wine and pretended we were more interesting than we actually are. I, for example, wore a hat.

Was it a nice hat?

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