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As Long As Night Suffers

As Long As Night Suffers
February 08
19:33 2015

BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN

I miss Buk
being
a
live
while
his words hit the shelf

as I worked
in those bookstores
and in the mental health
facilities
for the emotionally
disturbed

psych major …

I think of Hank’s
new books
and maybe
I should give them a gamble
but feel deflated about
the thing
his words/ideas
not proofed by
himself

the raw produce
the product
providing more cash
for the sparrow and now
the big house
and the small mouse
in san pedro

and what will
they
do to his words?

I miss him …
because
being alive
the barfly
was a notable tiger
in a long field of rodents
and I eat
as much cereal
as I can
but there is much grain
and therefore
much mice

and very little now
we can do about it.

SEE ALSO

Bukowski’s Bones

April in South Sacramento

Duke Before Dishonor

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

[Bukowski art by Alberto Garcia]

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