Charles Bukowski: On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show

they talk down through
the centuries to us,

and this we need more and more,

the statues and paintings
in midnight age
as we go along
holding dead hands.



and we would say

rather than delude the knowing:

a damn good show,

but hardly enough for a horse to eat,

and out on the sunshine street where
eyes are dabbled in metazoan faces
i decide again

that in theses centuries

they have done very well

considering the nature of their
brothers:

it’s more than good

that some of them,

(closer really to the field-mouse than
falcon)

have been bold enough to try.

Charles Bukowski, 1920-1994
On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show

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Author: jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space

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