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Sisyphus Leaves 1992

Poems by Steve Richmond, Charles Bukowski, and Douglas Goodwin

  1. Douglas Goodwin

    Sisyphus Leaves

    Poems by Steve Richmond, Charles Bukowski, Douglas Goodwin
    Publication date: 1992 (two years before Charles Bukowski's death)

    Rare, out of print
    Apemantus Press


    Edited by Douglas Goodwin
    Page Layout by John Papajani
    Cover art and title page art by Peggi Goodwin
    Cartoons by Andrew Goodwin
    Thanks to Beryl Gorbman and The Write Stuff


    Contents


    Steve Richmond
    just seconds ago
    gagaku
    the kid
    gagaku
    i watch
    gagaku
    gagaku
    gagaku
    the serious artist
    ho doug

    Charles Bukowski
    old
    hail the burning yellow flag
    20 bucks
    i used to feel sorry for henry miller
    loss
    screwed within the universe
    the 12 hour night
    madness
    toenails
    the shifting

    Douglas Goodwin
    wild thing
    compassion
    parasite
    i stupidly pulled
    idiot victory
    blank
    face the day
    failure
    the bridge
    permanent circumstances


    Notes on this volume:

    Steve Richmond and I liked the idea of a Richmond-Bukowski-Goodwin thing as a little anthology (we would like that idea, of course). It was up to me to convince Mr. Bukowski. Steve and Bukowski were in one of the hate arcs of their love/hate thing at the time.

    I got ten poems from Mr. Bukowski and I published ten poems by Mr. Bukowski. There's no way I was going to reject a Bukowski poem. I still have them all (and the envelope he sent them in, and the return envelope he also sent —with stamps attached). I didn't see Bukowski as some normal guy who I was going to pretend was a peer and an equal. Bukowski was a giant who was dying. And I loved him (even though I’d never met him). We were not equals. I knew my place. Steve Richmond and I were equals. That’s why we’re on either side and Bukowski is in the middle.​

    —Douglas Goodwin


    loss

    by Charles Bukowski

    well, it happened again.
    wrote a poem
    and lost it on this
    infernal
    Macintosh.

    I wrote a poem
    about how damned
    bad I was feeling
    tonight.

    and then the computer
    swallowed it
    forever.

    maybe it’s telling
    me, “People don't care
    if you feel bad.
    Write about something
    else.”

    well, it’s just not my
    night.
    might as well go into
    the other room and
    sleep it
    away.

    come on, reader,
    let’s do that.
    maybe the morning
    will look
    better.

    still, I liked the poem
    that nobody will
    ever
    read.



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Recent Reviews

  1. Jay Dougherty
    Jay Dougherty
    5/5,
    Version: 2015-11-17
    I actually enjoy your poems as much as the others, Doug.