9780060568238

Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way : New Poems

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    9780060568238

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    0060568232

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-04
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

from "neither Shakespeare nor Mickey Spillane"young young young, only wanting the Word, going mad in the streets and in the bars, brutal fights, broken glass, crazy women screaming in your cheap room, you a familiar guest at the drunk tank, North Avenue 21, Lincoln Heightssifting through the madness for the Word, the line the way, hoping for a check from somewhere, dreaming of a letter from a great editor: "Chinaski, you don't know how long we've been waiting for you!"no chance at all.

Table of Contents

So you want to be a writer?p. 3
My secret lifep. 6
The columnp. 16
Commercep. 18
The Mexican fightersp. 22
This dogp. 25
The great escapep. 28
A quick onep. 30
The old anarchistp. 32
And I still won't votep. 33
Just trying to do a good deedp. 35
One step removedp. 38
My life as a sitcomp. 39
A mechanical Lazarusp. 41
My godp. 45
After the sandstormp. 46
Carry on!p. 48
Straw hatsp. 53
Drink and waitp. 56
Basking in the evil lightp. 57
What can I do?p. 63
Out of the sickroom and into the white blazing sunp. 64
Temporal easep. 66
You never liked mep. 68
Our big day at the moviesp. 71
About competitionp. 75
Fingernailsp. 76
Ironp. 80
Extraterrestrial visitorp. 85
Small talkp. 86
Too sweetp. 89
Work-fuck problemsp. 91
Observations on musicp. 94
Fly boyp. 96
Unblinking griefp. 101
Houses and dark streetsp. 102
The joke is on the sunp. 105
Like a polluted river flowingp. 109
Girlfriendsp. 111
Escape 1942p. 113
A strange horse poemp. 115
The longest snake in the worldp. 119
The nicetiesp. 124
Time to water the plants and feed the catp. 127
I'm flatteredp. 129
Neither Shakespeare nor Mickey Spillanep. 132
Show businessp. 135
Pop!p. 137
The interviewp. 138
Re-unionp. 140
Genius unfetteredp. 141
Bobp. 145
Bearclaw morningp. 147
Death and transfigurationp. 152
Warriors in this placep. 153
A sickness?p. 155
A fine nightp. 162
Riotsp. 165
Venice Beachp. 166
The con jobp. 167
Looking backp. 169
The love poems of Catullusp. 177
Dream girlp. 179
Emptiesp. 181
The landladyp. 186
About the mailp. 188
Have you ever pulled a lion's tail?p. 191
Who needs it?p. 193
Tight black pantsp. 194
The weirdest dayp. 195
Burning brightp. 201
The death of a herop. 202
Hookedp. 204
Found poemsp. 206
Runaway inflationp. 208
The significance was obscurep. 210
Cracking the oddsp. 211
Working through it allp. 216
Giving thanksp. 217
Los Angelesp. 224
2,294p. 225
Why do you write so many poems about death?p. 226
Evidencep. 228
A wise assp. 231
The dressmakerp. 234
Lunch in Beverly Hillsp. 237
She was really madp. 239
A tree, a road, a toadp. 240
In one ear and out the otherp. 242
Excusesp. 244
Bygone daysp. 245
In a lady's bedroomp. 248
Model friendp. 250
The invitationp. 257
Hollywood hustlep. 258
Buddha Chinaski saysp. 259
Like Lazarusp. 262
Soft and fat like summer rosesp. 269
In transitp. 271
"Dear Mr. Chinaski"p. 274
Silverfishp. 275
The popularity kidp. 277
Death and white gluep. 280
Fun times: 1930p. 282
My bullyp. 284
Ow ow owp. 288
The singersp. 290
The marchp. 292
The way things arep. 295
Words for youp. 296
Strictly bullshitp. 298
Written before I got onep. 300
Straight onp. 302
Remember thisp. 304
Now see herep. 306
Little poemp. 308
Gertrude up the stairway, 1943p. 311
Where was I?p. 313
Sloppy dayp. 317
Note on the telephonep. 325
At the edgep. 328
Heads without faces, seen in all the placesp. 330
Coming awakep. 332
The simple truthp. 334
Here and nowp. 336
Crazy worldp. 341
Good stuffp. 342
Respitep. 346
The horse playerp. 348
Displacedp. 350
In search of a herop. 352
Escapadep. 358
Burning, burningp. 359
Upon reading an interview with a best-selling novelistp. 361
Nothing to itp. 362
This placep. 364
A.D. 701-762p. 366
Regrets of a sortp. 368
Too youngp. 371
Listening to the radio at 1:35 a.mp. 373
Unclassical symphonyp. 374
Dinner for freep. 375
A song from the 70'sp. 379
.188p. 380
War some of the timep. 382
At lastp. 383
Misbegotten paradisep. 386
My big night on the townp. 390
Nobody but youp. 393
Like a dolphinp. 395
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