Bukowski: The Strongest of the Strange


Chaim Soutine, Self-Portrait, 1918

The Strongest of the Strange

by Charles Bukowski

you won’t see them often
for wherever the crowds are
they
are not.
these odd ones, not
many
but from them
come
the few
good paintings
the few
good symphonies
the few
good books
and other
works.
and from the
best of the
strange ones
perhaps
nothing.
they are
their own
paintings
their own
music
their own
work.
sometimes i think
I see
them–say
a certain old
man
sitting on a
certain bench
in a certain
way
or
a quick face
going the other
way
in a passing automobile
or
there’s a certain motion
of the hands
of a bag-boy or a bag-
girl
while packing
supermarket
groceries.
sometimes
it is even somebody
you have been
living with
for some
time–
you will notice
a
lightning quick
glance
never seen
from them
before.
sometimes
you will only note
their existence
suddenly
in
vivid
recall
some months
some years
after they are
gone.
I remember
such a
one–
he was about
20 years old
drunk at
10 a.m.
staring into
a cracked
mirror
facing dreaming
against the
walls of
the world
where
did I
go?

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One Response to Bukowski: The Strongest of the Strange

  1. Thanks for bringing us another strong strange Soutine and for pairing it with a poem that can deepen our wonder.

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