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Come On In! by Charles Bukowski

By Charles Bukowski

Bukowski's unmistakable persona—an ex-down-and-outer who wrote of racetracks, booze and loneliness in ragged, self-confident, loose verse—made him one of many country's most well-liked poets lengthy ahead of he died in 1994; eleven years later, loss of life has now not bogged down his construction. This 9th posthumous quantity of latest verse (following Slouching towards Nirvana heavily) gathers every little thing devotees cherish and anticipate: horses and bets, awful SROs, unreliable ladies, sexual conquests, sexual disgust, barbs at intellectual opponents, suggestion to so-called losers (as he as soon as was once) to have faith in themselves (as he did) and a befuddled popularity of overdue popularity. "Welcome to my wormy hell," the 1st line within the quantity reads, and related notes of not-quite-comic self-pity happen all through, as while "the x-bum" reminds himself "that there has been no backside to life." those poems range little from these in his different overdue volumes and should now not win him many new enthusiasts: given the dimensions of his latest following, besides the fact that, this booklet won't desire new ones.

What different modern poet has posthumously released up to Bukowski? this can be his 8th postmortem assortment. 3 of the 8 include poems cherry-picked from his past collections by means of Bukowski. stated to be the fourth of 5 books of formerly unpublished poems, Come on In! is the 5th (of the 8) bearing the subtitle New Poems. Did Buk arrange one of many New Poems pre-demise? no matter what. This publication comprises the glorious "the 'Beats,'" which Paul Muldoon chosen for the easiest American Poetry, 2005, and a righteously withering portrait of one other, even more socially profitable writing modern of Buk's in "nothing yet a scarf" (could the determine in query be the topic of a brand-new hit movie?). one of many 4 elements is filled with unhappy, hilarious lamentation and schadenfreude anent the man-woman factor; longest capability most sensible right here: "the trustworthy wife," "down and out at the boardwalk," and, specifically, "sex sister." As traditional, now not for the kiddies. yet for the adults, god, sure.

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Il est notable que ce cri « désert » soit l’origine du temps : cela rejaillit d’une manière générale sur cette expression déjà rencontrée. Le cri désert n’est pas sans avenir ! Mais, le plus souvent, Yves Bonnefoy présente le cri, animal ou humain, dans sa finitude même, comme ce que ce Dieu fictif cherche à saisir ou à apprendre, car il est précisément ce dont lui-même n’est pas capable (là encore, la limite de ce Dieu est de ne pouvoir s’incarner, ni crier comme le Verbe fait chair au début et à la fin).

Mais si elle devient cri, rien n’est perdu ! Cela est clair si l’on peut parler de « La nuit parfaite dans le ciel criant son feu60 », ou dire, à propos d’un nageur qui descend en nous-mêmes, parmi le « sang inapaisé » : « Quand la nuque se tend / Le cri toujours désert prend une bouche pure61 ». Est-ce autre chose qu’une définition de la parole poétique ? Et que pourrait-elle chercher d’autre que de dire ces instants où « la lumière comme déborde / De la coupe de l’heure et du cri mêlés62 » ? Pour Aristote, c’est parce qu’elles ne sont rien, en un sens, que l’âme et la main peuvent tout devenir.

14. , p. 145. 15. , p. 154. indb 29 05/01/10 10:59 Poétique du cri Jean-Louis Chrétien Fraternelle au silence, la parole murmurée du poème n’a rien, et ne peut rien avoir d’un cri. Le poème s’enfuit, non pas même lorsque la vocifération commence, mais aussitôt qu’elle s’annonce, ne serait-ce que lointainement. Pour autant, cette habitation patiente de la voix humaine qu’est la poésie n’ignore rien des possibles de celle-ci, et aucun d’eux ne peut demeurer étranger à sa méditation ni à sa remémoration.

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