The poem at the end of Tales of Ordinary Madness

I am trying to find the poem at the end of Tales of Ordinary Madness when he is on the beach and the girl asks him "what is poetry?" and he says he will tell her if she shows him her tits...
 

zobraks

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That poem is called The Sun Wields Mercy and can be found in numerous collections (Longshot Pomes for Broke Players, It Catches My Heart in Its Hands, Penguin Modern Poets 13, The Rooming House Madrigals); the last mentioned is the most available.

Watch Ben Gazzara playing Chinaski/Bukowski and reciting this piece (the final scene of the movie) here.
 

zobraks

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Here's how Bukowski described that final scene of the film:
The movie rolled on and Garabaldi never did get drunk. At the end he’s down at the beach and he’s holding on to the legs of this teeny-bopper in a bathing suit. The waves break behind them and the wind blows through Garabaldi’s hair. He begins to recite a poem about the atom bomb which I wrote a couple of decades ago. He goes on about how pitiless and dumb we were to create the atom monster. He infers that we’ve done this to ourselves before in the long forgotten past, that more than once we’ve blown our chances to shit, and won’t we ever learn? Then he looks up the girl’s legs as the waves break and the gulls whirl.
And his final comment was:
“BLOW IT TO HELL!” I yelled and the movie ended to a tinkling of applause.
Hilarious.
 
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