Poetry Turnst(y)le: no leaders, please

This is a lovely poem I’ve had the pleasure of being read aloud on a number of occasions by dear and silly friends. It’s taken from a 2010 collection of Bukowski’s poems, ‘The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems 1951-1993’, edited by John Martin, published by Canongate Books, Edinburgh. Don’t tell Bukowski but it speaks nothing of his own person(ality).

no leaders, please

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
don’t swim in the same slough.
invent yourself and then reinvent yourself
and
stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
change your tone and shape so often that they can
never
categorize you.

reinvigorate yourself and
accept what is
but only on the terms that you have invented
and reinvented.

be self-taught.

and reinvent your life because you must;
it is your life and
its history
and the present
belong only to
you.

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One response to “Poetry Turnst(y)le: no leaders, please

  1. Hank rarely indulges in such poetic repetition. It’s nice for a change ‘kowski.

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