Title: The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills
Author: Charles Bukowski
Page Count/Review Word Count: 204
We’re looking at yet another excellent collection of Bukowski’s poetry, which was first published (as far as I can tell) in 1969. Expect the usual – Bukowski almost has his own literary genre, and his cynicism is present here in abundance. That’s a good thing.
I always marveled at the way that Bukowski captured snapshots of everyday life in such a suggestive and powerful way – what he says, while commonplace, says much about the poet. For example, in ‘poem for personnel managers’, he says: ‘An old man asked me for a cigarette and I carefully dealt out two. “Been lookin’ for a job. Gonna stand in the sun and smoke.”
You also get a glimpse at a different side to the poet’s relationship with horses – it becomes clear that he doesn’t just bet on them: “I keep remembering the horses under the moon. I keep remembering feeding the horses sugar, white oblongs of sugar more like ice, and they had heads like eagles, bald heads that could bite and did not.”