mailbag

a schizophrenic in Dallas
writes me of his
problems:
he hears voices, he’s
hooked on
Beckett.
also his shrink
makes him
wait too long
in the waiting
room.

he keeps changing
medications.

he’s supported by his
mother
and he follows
softball.

he recently
won
2nd prize
in a chili
cook-off.

you ought to come
to Austin,
he writes,
you’ve love
Austin.

I file his letter
in with
other letters from
schizophrenics.

I’ve been to
Austin.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1990
Source
Original manuscript