By Charles Bukowski
Living on Luck is a suite of letters from the Sixties jumbled together with poems and drawings. The ever smart Charles Bukowski fills the pages together with his tough external and juicy middle.
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There is a hollow in it that is its death, though its living brims whitely at the lip of the darkness and flows outward. Over all its scars has come the seamless white of the bark. It bears the gnarls of its history healed over. It has risen to a strange perfection in the warp and bending of its long growth. It has gathered all accidents into its purpose. It has become the intention and radiance of its dark fate. It is a fact, sublime, mystical and unassailable. In all the country there is no other like it.
That they ignore him he takes in tribute to himself. But they stay cautious of each other, half afraid, unwilling to be too close. They snatch what they can carry and fly into the trees. They flirt out with tail or beak and waste more sometimes than they eat. And the man, knowing the price of seed, wishes they would take more care. But they understand only what is free, and he can give only as they will take. Thus they have enlightened him. He buys the seed, to make it free. 8. The river is rising, approaching the window in awful nearness.
To one who has felt his little boat taken this way and that in the braided currents it is beyond speech. ” In Port Royal, that begins a submergence of minds. Heads are darkened. To the man at work through the mornings in the long-legged cabin above the water, there is an influence of the rise that he feels in his footsoles and in his belly even while he thinks 42 of something else. The window looks out, like a word, upon the wordless, fact dissolving into mystery, darkness overtaking light. And the water reaches a height it can only fall from, leaving the tree trunks wet.