A little Charles Bukowski race track poetry

Here’s a little poetry for you in honor of the Kentucky Derby. Go, baby, go!

Bukowski, Charles :  a day at the oak tree meet
[from Mockingbird Wish Me Luck (1972), Black Sparrow Press ]

Filet’s Rule, the 12 horse around 12 to one, 
that was the first race, they had a different 
janitor in the men’s room, and I didn’t have the 
2nd race either, Bold Courage, around 19 to one, 
my Kentucky Lark got a dead ride from the boy 
who stood up in the saddle all the way, which is 
hardly a way to ride a 2 to one shot, …

[Read the rest of the poem in Literature Online]



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