How to Write Poetry like Charles Bukowski, a Poem by Mark Tulin/Scuzzbucket


His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.

For the rest of the poem, please click the link.

Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

9 comments on “How to Write Poetry like Charles Bukowski, a Poem by Mark Tulin/Scuzzbucket

  1. Yep, you’re channeling Bukowski, all right. 😀

  2. love the poem. Mark; read it a few times but the word ‘gnarly’ kept bothering me: it seemed out of place compared to the other words; to me it’s fairly contemporary, associated more with surf culture–

    • Could be right, John. Although he lived in LA. I’ll think about it some more.

    • Thanks for bringing this up, John That word has three layers. Yes, one layer is the surfers, and I’m sure Bukowski had many beers with them. The second layer is the dictionary definition which is accurate here, and my initial intention. He was enmeshed with LA culture, and that’s what that word reflects, not only surfers but skateboarders. So for now, I’m sticking with it. Have a good night and thanks again for this dialogue. 🙂.

      • that’s good, Mark; you had the grace to hear me out and then interrogate your choice; I respect that: it’s a great poem 🙂

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