by Adrian Manning

they come to the door

peddling their manifestos

and offering their reading


I am not interested.

I tell them I worship at the 

Church of Bukowski

and I have plenty to read.

they look confused.

they don’t understand.

but you do

don’t you? 

Previously published in A TOURIST, A PILGRIM, A TRUTH (Bottle of Smoke Press Chapbook, 2006)

“Religion” and other poetry about Charles Bukowski by Adrian Manning will appear in the Silver Birch Press BUKOWSKI ANTHOLOGY — a collection of poetry, short stories, essays, interviews, photography, and art from authors around the world — available August 1, 2013.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adrian Manning writes from Leicester, England. His poetry and articles have appeared in numerous chapbooks, magazines and on-line sites around the world. He is also the editor of Concrete Meat Press and a massive fan and collector of works by Charles Bukowski.

Cover art: Mark Erickson and Birgit Zartl