"It will rain all this night..."

Hello everybody,

I've got a quote here without a source. I am not sure if it even is Bukowski and I don't know whether if it's from a poem or a short story or a novel, but I like it. Here it is:

“It will rain all this night and we will sleep transfixed by the dark water as our blood runs through our fragile life.”

Does anybody know where this comes from? Please help.


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I think that is Hank. Maybe from a late book. Sounds really familiar but once again I could be totally off the mark.
Mr. Solo?


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"fragile life" doesn't sound like Bukowski
It may not be.

The poem being from Bone Palace Ballet means there is a good chance that many of those words didn't come from Bukowski.

We don't have a manuscript for that one, so I'd be hesitant to attribute the entire quote to Bukowski. That's just a sad fact of life where the posthumous books are concerned.


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I think Our fragile life and Our fragile lives are both acceptable. Our fragile life meaning the common period that people share as a collective time and space.
Thanks for the help, guys.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately given the huge amount of editing done) I don't own a copy of Bone Palace. Does anyone know if the full poem is available online?