To Charles Bukowski: About Poems

Mar 8, 2015

We welcome Thelma Reyna and thank her for contributing a poem to “Write Here.”






“To Charles Bukowski: About Poems”
by Thelma Reyna

if (a poem) doesn’t come bursting out of you…
if it never does roar out of you…
unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket…
don’t do it…
—Charles Bukowski
So You Want to Be a Writer


mine sometimes trickle out like drops of blood from wounds not
sealed, steady plops of purple that stain the pages while fingers
tremble at ancient recollections

mine swim in dreams, mixing with clouds and stars and truncated
faces, with feathers and angels and mothers long gone, and
swirl uncertain in stews set at tables like yours

mine slip soundless from the womb with forceps near, just in
case, just in case, and gather voice with warmth and
light and arms that welcome and embrace

mine toddle to daylight with thumb plugged in, hope taking
my words on infant legs to journeys near and far, stumbling
on hills and stones but pushing on




Copyright © 2014 “To Charles Bukowski: About Poems” from Rising, Falling, All of Us by Thelma T. Reyna




Thelma T. Reyna is the multiple-national-award-winning author of four books: a short story collection (The Heavens Weep for Us and Other Stories), two poetry chapbooks (Breath & Bone; and Hearts in Common); and a full-length collection of her poems, Rising, Falling, All of Us, which won four literary honors in 2014.

Reyna received a Ph.D. from UCLA. and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of the Altadena Library District. She is also the editor of the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015, due for release in April.




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2 Responses for “To Charles Bukowski: About Poems”

  1. Fantastic; this confirms my hackhood and Ms. Reyna’s brilliance. Something to aspire to

  2. Martina Gallegos says:

    It’s always a pleasure to read Dr. Reyna’s work. She makes everything she writes look so easy. I love and admire her literary talent, always



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