Darlings of the Word (and removing references to drinking)

mjp

Founding member
What's up with that, by the way? Removing drinking from the poems? I noticed one earlier today in here, and now Darlings of the Word has "drink" removed (I can't make side by side files for all of these - it would take the rest of my life).

[Side by side comparison was made after all. -ed.]
 

hank solo

Just practicin' steps and keepin' outta the fights
Moderator
Founding member
Fair enough. (How about placing the MS jpg in a table cell rather than having to transpose it?)

As per 'The Night Torn...'

darlings of the word

2 poets from San Francisco (one
quite famous) are down here in L.A.
and she's gone out to hear them
read.

I'm glad
at the moment
that
I don't have to
read in public
anymore.

I never typed this
stuff
to get up and
read it to
the mob.

I used to read for the
$$$
it helped pay the rent
but when I hear of the
famous and the well-off
still doing it
I marvel
at their
choice.

it has always seemed
curious to me
that
poets
are such
extroverts.

they love to
get up there and
warble.

I once asked a
poet about this
itch
and he told me:
"it's as old as language
itself: poets throughout
the ages
used to walk up and
down the streets
singing their rhymes,
their songs. poetry
belongs to the people."

"I don't know about that,"
I said, "but I guess even
writing for the printed
page is a form of
vanity."

"poetry belongs to the
people!" he
repeated.

"all right," I said, "let's
forget it."
if I had wanted to be
an actor
I would have gone
to Hollywood.

the only necessary
poetic act
is the writing
of the poem

and all that follows
is
propaganda.

the
teachers
the
lectures
the
readings never

can equal or
replace
what begins
it all.

2 poets from San
Francisco are
down here
now

so
far
down
here

now.

 
[...] Removing drinking from the poems? [...]
MM once told me, that when he was doing the last BSP-book with his photographs, he had to FIGHT with J.M. for some of the pictures, where you see a bottle.
 

mjp

Founding member
I guess he thought he could whitewash Bukowski into some kind of literary acceptance. Which is funny, considering the body of work that came before. But that confirms that Martin was trying to manipulate the image (and, obviously, the work) to move away from what Bukowski had spent his life creating.
 
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