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Run with the Hunted: Charles Bukowski Reader, a

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"And the great white horses come up & lick the frost of the dream"

The first thing I remember is being under something. It was a table, I saw a table leg, I saw the legs of the people, and a portion of the tablecloth hanging down. It was dark under there, I liked being under there. It must have been in Germany. I must have been between one and two years old. It was 1922. I felt good under the table. Nobody seemed to know that I was there. There was sunlight upon the rug and on the legs of the people. I liked the sunlight. The legs of the people were not interesting, not like the tablecloth which hung down, not like the table leg, not like the sunlight.

Then there is nothing . . . then a Christmas tree. Candles. Bird ornaments: birds with small berry branches in their beaks. A star. Two large people fighting, screaming. People eating, always people eating. I ate too. My spoon was bent so that if I wanted to eat I had to pick the spoon up with my right hand. If I picked it up with my left hand, the spoon bent away from my mouth. I wanted to pick the spoon up with my left hand.

Two people: one larger with curly hair, a big nose, a big mouth, much eyebrow; the larger person always seeming to be angry, often screaming; the smaller person quiet, round of face, paler, with large eyes. I was afraid of both of them. Sometimes there was a third, a fat one who wore dresses with lace at the throat. She wore a large brooch, and had many warts on her face with little hairs growing out of them. "Emily," they called her. These people didn't seem happy together. Emily was the grandmother, my father's mother. My father's name was "Henry." My mother's name was "Katherine." I never spoke tothem by name. I was "Henry, Jr." These people spoke German most of the time and in the beginning I did too.

The first thing I remember my grandmother saying was, "I will bury "all" of you!" She said this the first time just before we began eating a meal, and she was to say it many times after that, just before we began to eat. Eating seemed very important. We ate mashed potatoes and gravy, especially on Sundays. We also ate roast beef, knockwurst and sauerkraut, green peas, rhubarb, carrots, spinach, string beans, chicken, meatballs and spaghetti, sometimes mixed with ravioli; there were boiled onions, asparagus, and every Sunday there was strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream. For breakfasts we had french toast and sausages, or there were hotcakes or waffles with bacon and scrambled eggs on the side. And there was always coffee. But what I remember best is all the mashed potatoes and gravy and my grandmother, Emily, saying, "I will bury "all" of you!"

She visited us often after we came to America, taking the red trolley in from Pasadena to Los Angeles. We only went to see her occasionally, driving out in the Model-T Ford. "Will you stop that?" my father said loudly.

"Let the boy play the piano," said my grandmother.

My mother smiled.

"That boy," said my grandmother, "when I tried to pick him up out of the cradle to kiss him, he reached up and hit me in the nose!"

They talked some more and I went on playing the piano.

"Why don't you get that thing tuned?" asked my father
"--Ham on Rye"

ice for the eagles under the moonsugar
white oblongs of sugar
more like ice,
and they had heads like
eagles
bald heads that could bite and
did not.
The horses were more real than
my father
more real than God
and they could have stepped on my
feet but they didn't
they could have done all kinds of horrors
but they didn't. but I have not forgotten yet;
o my god they were strong and good
those red tongues slobbering
out of their souls. "I'm sorry, sir, you needn't pay. Just leave."

"I'll leave, all right! But I'll be back! I'll burn this god-damned place down!"

Once we were in a drug store and my mother and I were standing to one side while my father yelled at a clerk. Another clerk asked mymother, "Who "is" that horrible man? Every time he comes in here there's an argument."

"That's my husband," my mother told the clerk.

Yet, I remember another time. He was working as a milkman and made early morning deliveries. One morning he awakened me. "Come on, I want to show you something." I walked outside with him. I was wearing my pajamas and slippers. It was still dark, the moon was still up. We walked to the milk wagon which was horsedrawn. The horse stood very still. "Watch," said my father. He took a sugar cube, put it in his hand and held it out to the horse. The horse ate it out of his palm. "Now you try it . . ." He put a sugar cube in my hand. It was a very large horse. "Get closer! Hold out your hand!" I was afraid the horse would bite my hand off. The head came down; I saw the nostrils; the lips pulled back, I saw the tongue and the teeth, and then the sugar cube was gone. "Here. Try it again . . ." I tried it again. The horse took the sugar cube and waggled his head. "Now," said my father, "I'll take you back inside before the horse shits on you." The first children of my age that I knew were in kindergarten. They seemed very strange, they laughed and talked and seemed happy. I didn't like them. I always felt as if I was going to be sick, to vomit, and the air seemed strangely still and white. We painted with watercolors. We planted radish seeds in a garden and some weeks later we ate them with salt. I liked the lady who taught kindergarten, I liked herbetter than my parents. "--Ham on Rye"

rags, bottles, sacks

as a boyof:
"RAGS! BOTTLES! SACKS!"
"RAGS! BOTTLES! SACKS!"
it was during the
Depression
and you could hear the
voice
long before you saw the
old wagon
and the
old tired
swaybacked horse.
then you heard the
hooves:
"clop, clop, clop" . . .
and then you saw the
horse and the
wagon
and it always seemed
to be
on the hottest summer
day:
"RAGS! BOTTLES! SACKS!"
oh
that horse was so
tired--
white streams of
saliva
drooling
as the bit dug into
the
mouth
he pulled an intolerable
load
of
rags, bottles, sacks large
in agony
his ribs
showing
the giant flies
whirled and landed upon
raw places on his
skin.
sometimes
one of our fathers would
yell:
""Hey! Why don't you
feed that horse, you
bastard!""
the man's answer was
always the
same:
"RAGS! BOTTLES! SACKS!"

Synopsis:

The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idol's legion of fans.

About the Author

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) achieved international fame with his 45 books of prose and poetry, including the novels Post Office, Factotum and Women, and the screenplay for the film Barfly.

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artbrut, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by artbrut)
This book is a fabulous introduction to Bukowski's work. I'm a bit of an obsessive fan but I often find myself turning to this book to immerse myself in the greater span of his writings. It contains only poetry, not stories like "Tales of Ordinary Madness", but these poems are life changing. I often use the mood of his works in this book to create my art pieces because the emotions he uses are so strong and palpable. I would recommend this book to anyone who might be interested in Bukowski or even those who have read him for years and just need a compendium to dip their mind into periodically.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060924584
Subtitle:
Charles Bukowski Reader, A
Editor:
Martin, John
Author:
Bukowski, Charles
Author:
Bukowski, Charles J.
Author:
by Charles J. Bukowski
Author:
Bukowkski, Charles
Author:
Martin, John
Publisher:
Ecco
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Bukowski, Charles
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
55-16
Publication Date:
19940507
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.06x5.36x1.20 in. .85 lbs.

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