note upon our very drab affair:

poetry has come along, though very slowly;
you aren’t as old as I
but I can remember reading works in
magazines where   a poem dated at the bottom with the
word
PARIS
seemed to make a
difference, and so, those who could afford to
and some who couldn’t
went to
PARIS
and wrote.

I   am also so old that I remember when many poems
made references to the
gods.
if you didn’t know your gods you weren’t a
writer.
also, if you couldn’t slip in a line of
Greek, French or
Italian,
you certainly weren’t a
writer.

to add:   4 or 5 decades ago
maybe 6,
some poets started using the
“i” for “I”
plus
“&” for “and”.

many still use the small
“i” and many more continue to use the
“&”
feeling that this is
poetically
modern.

also, the biggest trick still used is
that if you can’t understand a poem
it’s most probably a
good one.

poetry is still moving slowly
but when your average mechanic
brings a book of poesy to read
during his lunch period
then we’ll know we’re moving &
we’ll move some
more.

of this
i
am sure.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1984
Source
Original manuscript