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RELIGION

by Adrian Manning

they come to the door
peddling their manifestos
and offering their reading
material.
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? 

“Religion” and other poetry about Charles Bukowski by Adrian Manning appears in the Silver Birch Press BUKOWSKI ANTHOLOGY — a collection of poetry, short stories, essays, interviews, photography, and art from authors and artists around the world — available at Amazon.com.

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

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RELIGION

by Adrian Manning

they come to the door

peddling their manifestos

and offering their reading

material.

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

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SUCCESS

Poem by Charles Bukowski

I had a most difficult job

starting my 14 year old car today

in 100 degree heat

I had to take the carburetor off

leap back and forth

adjusting the set-screw,

a 2 by 4 jammed against the gas pedal

to hold it down.

I got it going — after 45 minutes —

I mailed 4 letters

purchased something cool

came back

got into my place

and listened to Ives

had dreams of empire

my great white belly against

the fan. 

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“Success” by Charles Bukowski is part of his collection entitled Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Unitl the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. Find the book at Amazon.com.

Photo: Tara Holland, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED