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Bukowski’s Bones

Bukowski’s Bones
September 01
15:18 2013

BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN

Poets
read better
when they’re alive

once they’re dead
their words
tend to
fall flat

you can’t imagine
them out there
in the world
anymore

fighting the same
fight
as you

you look at their
boxing gloves
and wonder
why the hell
they even tried

John Martin
sold Bukowski’s bones
as soon as he could
and why not?

publishing dead
people
isn’t any more fun
than having to
get up at
four in the morning

writing these words
that will fade
like disappearing
ink.

Bradley Mason Hamlin is an American writer and the creator of Secret Society Comics. He is an alumni of the University of California, where poet Gary Snyder dubbed Hamlin “The Road Warrior of Poetry!” Born in Los Angeles, Hamlin currently lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Nicky Christine, and their tribe of suburban children & wild cats. His latest book of poems, California Blonde, is available from Black Shark Press

 

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