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8 Count: Charles Bukowski
March 8, 2009, 2:56 pm
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8 Count


from my bed
I watch
3 birds
on a telephone
one flies
one is left,
it too
is gone.
my typewriter is
and I am
reduced to bird
just thought I’d
let you

Charles Bukowski has a clever way of integrating humor into his poems while exploring the challenges and problems faced by people everyday. His poem, “8 count” is no exception since he writes to express his frustration toward a writing block, however, in doing so, he is able to create a famous work of poetic literature. Charles humor is expressed through irony since he complains about having difficulty writing while creating one of his most famous poems. Within the literal aspects of the poem Charles  watches the birds outside his window while experiencing writers block. His frustration mounts as one by one, all the birds are able to fly off their perch and explore the depths of the sky. Charles is envious of the birds since he too wishes to leave the surrounding room and dive deep into the depths of a new literary work. To add to the humor first implied by the irony of this poem, Charles reaches out to his readers and curses them. In doing so we are able to become more attached to the author and the poem on a more personal level.


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I like you you related Bukowski to the birds because he wants to fly away too. Maybe that’s why he’s so angry.

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