Adrian Manning writes from Leicester, England. His poetry and articles have appeared in numerous chapbooks, magazines
and on-line sites around the world. He is also the editor of Concrete Meat Press and a massive fan and collector of works by Charles Bukowski. 

​"The Old Master" and other poetry about Charles Bukowski by Adrian Manning appears in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology—a collection of poetry, short stories, essays, interviews, photography, and art from authors and artists around the world—available at Amazon.com.


Cover art: Mark Erickson and Birgit Zartl.
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DON'T TRY
Gerald So

he said,
that attractive
opposite of
self-help,
so I won't
polish him
to someone
he wasn't,
but remember
what I have
here & now.


Copyright © 2014 Gerald So.



WOMEN IN ACROSTICS
Kyle J. Knapp

Lost in the Bucolic Vance
Surreal Pastures of Muleshead, Utah
Scared to be skinned
Or starved in the bogs
"The wild woman of the mountains"
Somewhere with her sisters
Loathe of the quiet walk
From the six-pack in the spring

Copyright © 2013 Meta L. Knapp.



THE OLD MASTER
Adrian Manning

I sit at my old typer, at a desk
in my room.
above me is a shelf full of books
by a writer called Bukowski.
I read the titles and think to myself
if I could only come up with one line
like one of those titles
I could really have something.
there are many books and magazines,
I have not counted them,
and there are possibly more poems in them
than an army of men could produce
and they are mostly very good and
if not very good they are good.
I wish the words were like bees
humming around my head in a storm
of vibrant movement. I could possibly
catch some of them and nail them down
with a Bukowski book.
he sits in a photo, on one shelf,
in his later years, the hard work behind him,
one arm resting on his chair, the other
raised to the temple of his head
and he looks thoroughly unimpressed.
he’s telling me, work it boy, gotta keep going,
you’re nowhere near yet.
I look up at the photo
and tell him you’re right,
you son of a bitch,
you were always right.


Copyright © 2013 Adrian Manning.
Used with permission through Silver Birch Press.

on Crime ​chapbook series and fiction editor for The Thrilling Detective Web Site. His ebook Stones collects three earlier C.J. Stone stories.

About the Authors

Gerald So edits The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly. He was previously a founding co-editor of The Lineup: Poems

Gerald So, Kyle J. Knapp, Adrian Manning 

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Kyle J. Knapp (Sept. 1, 1989 – June 18, 2013) was a poet, musician, and short story writer from Freeville, New York.
His debut collection of prose, Pluvial Gardens, was released in 2012. He studied Social Sciences at Tompkins Cortland Community College and worked for the school as an English tutor. Kyle enjoyed nature, fishing, and playing guitar. A prolific artist, who, at the time of his passing, had written another two collections of poetry and a near-complete novel.
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