Charles Bukowski is one of my all time hero’s, his writing is amazing, funny, sad, serious, tragic, philosophical and always entertaining. I first read Mr Bukowski when I was 18 yeas old and ever since then his poems, stories and novels have engulfed my mind with hilarious scenarios , grotesque characters and poetic heartfelt moments that live long inside of me.
When I finally went to L.A. a few years ago I walked around the streets where Bukowski use to work, drink and write. I remember one hot afternoon I went to Bukowski’s grave, the sun was the colour of ripe blood orange, there was a smell of cars fumes and dust in the air as I read one of his poems. I then went off to catch a bus to San Francisco. On my trip, that afternoon stayed with me, as it does to this very day.
Below is a poem I wrote one morning after a few to many beers the night before. The poem has a slight influence of Bukowski that slowly soaks into the work.
12 Aspirins and a bottle of scotch.
Torrents of whiskey wash away the flavour of nicotine.
Smoke hangs in the air, men drink at a rum soaked bar.
The floor glows like liquid silver from spilt beer.
A match is lit, the flame moves like mercury.
Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong play jazz throughout the bar.
A mature woman drinks an elegant martini, she plays with the
green olives as her blond hair dances to the groove.
A man in the corner chews on a cocktail stick, the aroma of sweet
perfume and musky cologne lingers in the air.
A saxophone is played in the toilet.
Drums beat to the beatniks.
A man in a purple hat flips a coin.
Heads or tails?
Heads or tails?
Shots of gin are swallowed, rivers of Smoky bourbon flow,
men with goatees and women with custard coloured berets kiss and flirt.
The cool dames and the crazy cats swing all night long.
Sitting in an old brown leather chair
Tom waits writes another
cool jazz song.
My name is Luke Ritta I am 26 years of age and I live in London, England. I have been writing poems, short stories and novels for the last 8 years and Charles Bukowski has always been one of my main inspirations when it comes to writing. He thoughts and theory’s about life will continues to encourage me through out my life.
Thank you Charles Bukowski!