Christmas and New Year’s move
toward us
again

the old sickening
duet

the masses coming out
of their tv
caves

the family
gatherings

the gross
dull
nothingness,
the fake
drunks,
the fake
smiles,
the fake
people

may we live
through this
somehow,
one more
time

—Charles Bukowski


* This piece is a reworking, in poetic form, of an excerpt from a letter that Charles Bukowski wrote to Douglas Goodwin on December 4, 1992 (12:16 AM). Taken from the book Reach for the Sun: Selected Letters 1978–1994, Volume 3.

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Jay is an editor at PoetryCircle. He has been involved in independent literary publishing since the 80s, when he founded the little magazine Clock Radio, publishing Charles Bukowski, Tom Clark, Lyn Lifshin, Douglas Goodwin, and other well-known authors. He has taught English in universities in Germany and the United States.

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