Review: I knew Bukowski like you knew a rare leaf

Leah Angstman
Jun 27, 2016 · 4 min read
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[ … ] if I had a mirror

it would tell me
summer is not the only season
that relentlessly rushes in[,]

[ … ] finally got to see his mother

[leveled] by a stroke
and croaking like a seal
and unable to speak
and unrecognizing of her own son

[ … ],

[ … ]

Never met Bukowski
we just corresponded
I liked Bukowski
and I loved my mother

but I can’t say I knew either one
better than the other

[ … ],

[ … ]

I wonder why you have placed this fireplace
in the midst of my chilly unlit life,
made me a guest in the house of winter
[ … ],

I’ve heard that people in Bhutan
now live unbelieving that the yeti exists
[ … ]

how I could live these many years
without my mythology
how I could live in barren grasses
and stuck in fields the prey of
owls and wolves and foxes

not knowing I had wings
[ … ],

my beautiful black Labrador
won’t live nearly as long as me
and will give me
a microcosm
of what it will be for me
to age from boy to adolescent to man
to decrepitude

[ … ].

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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