“Be on the watch…”

Tom Waits reads “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski - Poet on The Edge

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This is chocolate in the peanut butter of your heart. I personally can’t believe this amazing bit of revery came out of Bukowski, but I’m overwhelming delighted that it did. “The gods wait to delight in you.” And in Waits’ voice.

“Where we touch we are twice marked, and twice alone.”


English: Grave of Anne Sexton, located at Fore...

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Anne Sexton reads “The Truth the Dead Know”

Evidently I need to upgrade to embed video, and I haven’t yet. Inevitably I will, but not now.

So, until I do, I offer the link above. The text of the poem available on the web is so different that my favorite line, the one in the title of this post, ends “No one is alone” and so I include no text of the poem here.

It’s better this way, anyway, because it’s so heartbreakingly beautiful to hear her read it. I wouldn’t have gone in the hearse, either.