Upon Splitting With The Last Woman - Wormwood Review No. 132 - 1993

Johannes

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Had to look up "lachrymose", never saw it before ... how common is that word in the English language?

Thanks for sharing!
 
I love this poem. Unusual for Bukowski to use an unusual word, although he did from time to time. I love his late late work
 

Johannes

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I also know "Lacrimosa", like Mozarts Lacrimosa movement, but I only made that connection after I looked up "lachrymose".

I too feel like the older Bukowski sometimes liked to drop fancy words just for the hell of it, as tony walton said.
 

mjp

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He did that sometimes in the very early poems too. Dropped in those words that would make you reach for the dictionary. When he was still trying to be a poet, before he became Bukowski. ;)
 

Black Swan

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This poem is really talking to me and makes me laugh. I live on the 4th floor of an apt building and keep plants in the communal hallway a few steps below because there is a huge skylight there and the plants love it. They grow like crazy. Sometimes I think that I should sit there next to a pot and see what happens to me. Maybe something magic. I often water these plants in my pyjama pants when no one is watching and once my big toe got caught in the pant leg. I nearly went down tumbling but managed to catch the rail by letting go of the water jug. Now I often imagine how it would be if I went down rolling with the jug. In my mind I practice how to grab that rail in different ways depending on what I am carrying.
 
drop fancy words
I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere (an interview? a poem?) from later years, that he even used to keep a dictionary on his desk for the use of strange and unusual words now and then. Anybody remember where's that from?

and p.s.:
The most interesing thing about that poem (to me) is the revealing title and subtitle.
 
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