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the trash can -- Charles Bukowski

Winding up the computer poetry theme, here's a poem suggested by
Salima Virani
(Poem #1421) the trash can
 this is great, I just wrote two
 poems I didn't like.

 there is a trash can on this
 computer.
 I just moved the poems
 over
 and dropped them into
 the trash can.

 they're gone forever, no
 paper, no sound, no
 fury, no placenta
 and then
 just a clean screen
 awaits you.

 it's always better
 to reject yourself before
 the editors do.

 especially on a rainy
 night like this with
 bad music on the radio.

 and now--
 I know what you're
 thinking:
 maybe he should have
 trashed this
 misbegotten one
 also.

 ha, ha, ha,
 ha.
-- Charles Bukowski
        (From Betting on the Muse - Poems and Stories
         Black Sparrow Press, 1996.)

I know we've just had a poem by Bukowski, but I was specifically on the
lookout for something on the role of computers in the creative process, and
when Salima sent me today's wonderful little piece, I knew I had to run it.
The light, perfectly balanced verse captures very well, the fluidity, almost
I could say the liberation, that the computer affords the wordsmith -
nothing is permanent unless you want it to be[1], erasing a word, a line, an
entire poem is no harder than a click of a button.

Words on paper have a definite inertia to them - the crossed out lines track
their way indelibly across the sheet, a visible and increasingly messy
record of a work's revision history. Contrast the aesthetic freedom of

                          no
         paper, no sound, no
         fury, no placenta
         and then
         just a clean screen
         awaits you.

And the poem itself definitely reflects that freedom, the lines pouring
forth with careless abandon until they reach a hilariously antipoetic
conclusion that made me laugh out loud. A fitting ending to the theme, I
think. Ha, ha, ha. Ha.

martin

[1] or sometimes, tragically, even if you do - see Poem #1420 :)

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