“So You Want To Be A Writer?” by Charles Bukowski

Thanks for finding this one, John! I love that Tom O’Bedlam’s (well, that’s what he calls himself) incredible voice is getting more publicity. And if a Charles Bukowski poem in an advert is what it takes for others to get excited about poetry, so be it. I’ve been following his work for some time, and…

Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #1: with Wendy Cope

I haven’t posted anything recently about Poetry Under the Paintings, and since I just sent out the announcement for the Valentine’s edition to my local Facebook poets and poetry lovers, I thought I’d pass along to you the video I included for them. It’s one that I recorded on YouTube three years ago, but had…

Bringing Sexy Back (to Poetry)

I have been slowly working on a response poem to Charles Bukwoski’s comments about how poetry has been a gutless art. He was drunk as hell in this interview, but a few things he said were good. A few things he said were bullshit. But he’s always been like that. He, like all of us…

Death by Scrabble

I have always loved the way this man reads poetry, and his voice seems perfect for this short story, written by Charlie Fish.