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Photo Credit: Charles Bukowski (1988) © Joan Gannij, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. For prints of this photo, visit the photographer at her website here. Postcards of the above image are available at Skylight Books in Los Angeles and at City Lights Books in San Francisco.

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WRITING

Poem by Charles Bukowski

often it is the only 
thing 
between you and 
impossibility. 
no drink, 
no woman’s love, 
no wealth 
can 
match it. 
nothing can save 
you 
except 
writing. 
it keeps the walls 
from 
failing. 
the hordes from 
closing in. 
it blasts the 
darkness. 
writing is the 
ultimate 
psychiatrist, 
the kindliest 
god of all the 
gods. 
writing stalks 
death. 
it knows no 
quit. 
and writing 
laughs 
at itself, 
at pain. 
it is the last 
expectation, 
the last 
explanation. 
that’s 
what it 
is. 

 

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