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At the Punch Bowl and Go Easy, Bukowski by BZ Niditch August 22, 2014

Posted by vscorpiozine in B.Z. Niditch, Veteran Poets.


Judy Garland
at the Punch Bowl
a gay club
in the South End
of Boston
she leaned
and sang over
my short pants
an honor for me
during midnight
trembling with the roses
in my armful
dedicated to to you
in a friendly elegance
of campy pride
my arms ache
later in life
playing the blues here
but Judy does not leave me
for electricity is jazz
in the party air
like cold leaves
by the Charles River.
There are no ultimatums in poetry
unlike love or political affairs.
Maxim by BZ NiditchLiving in L.A.
when the cross lights
have a blackout
the sky opens
sprinkling rain

spitting like riffs
on taxi window

where I spy Bukowski
as a barely alive shaman
reeling and needing
a ride
I pick him up slowly
though shaking off
my left sandal
on the street
Charles sits in the front
with me
as I take off
wanting to play sax
facing a guy
I only read yesterday
in the same magazine
with me
where he slowly sinks
to rest in the best position
and not seeing
this fetal arrangement
as the best
for his strong shoulders
staggered from drink
with a little run

from a strangled cover
escaping the open air
by shafts of night
with the scent
he crumbled a few dollars
saying he was overwhelmed
with words, bills,  women
in a sea of underground
mostly living
above a storefront
at edge
of the bus line,
we cannot lose sight
of being railroaded
by a hermit’s fate
when a life wants to be
a year younger
on empty days
of sleeplessness
when you make a living
from your car
and here is a poet
stretching out on my blanket
a body machine
beaten up by time
in this part of the city
of angels
knowing the devil
visits the friendless
with hands full
of change
and bourbon.

B.Z. NIDITCH is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher.

His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including:Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; LeGuepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest);  Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others. His latest poetry collections are “Lorca at Sevilla”,”Captive Cities.”

He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.



1. bzniditch - August 22, 2014

Thank you, your website Jade is historical, showing poets who
have made a difference.

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