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The Problem With Poetry

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The Problem With Poetry

I just read some of Charles Bukowski's poetry.

Some words on his own life gave me heartache, 
reminded my own dark history.
His poetry--invited me to peek through his misery; deep mistery.

Though long gone, his colorful writings can still make
people see life through his eyes
and search their own truths despite maddening lies.

I am now returning from a long hiatus to poetry.

The problem with it is that besides being dynamic:
it has free form; doesn't have to rhyme; filled with rhetoric,
boundless, overflowing poignant images--
making some poems incomprehensible in first reading,
leaving you in wonder,
splitting your consciousness asunder.

The problem with poetry is that:
the poet's life becomes his great masterpiece--
where you can break all rules and make your own.
Its problem then becomes its beauty...

just like Bukowski's.

[Written: 12:40PM 27JUN08, Friday @ Shell CSC-PH's Office 38th/F RCBC Plaza Tower 2, Makati City Philippines]

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