Cowboys and Witches by John K Bucher

I wrote this book, or I guess parts of it from 2006-2008. It was published in 2010. The short story was a continuation of one of the characters in my first novel – The Suicide Cowboys. It was during this period I moved from Denver to Ft Collins and about once a week, my son Josh and I would drive up into the mountains to Estes Park and spend the day. We would park in town and walk up a nature trail past pools of trout and grazing elk to the the Stanley Hotel. The old hotel was where Stephen King got the story for The Shinning. We would have a drink at the bar and talk to the employees about their own supernatural experiences while they were on duty. Later we would retreat down the trail again and eat lunch at Lonigans Saloon, and Irish pub. I would go home with a car full of ideas and stories. This book holds some of them.

Just Me and the Night

Go away loneliness I want to drink Vodka

perverse drunken logic beckons me to the party

walk straight damn it the cops are watching I think

oh my God why, such a waste of the moment,

just then I girl asks me “what am I doing?”

we walk and she takes me someplace as sparks shoot from

her ass while she lies to me, what a performance!

4 am and I am at a 7-11 buying milk as a vast array of people lie

sleeping in old brick apartments. I hear a scream,

“Don’t call the cops!” I trudge home behind a black cat and let

myself in. Lying down I feel the rhythm of the night and wait

for the sleep fairies to close the gate of my mind.

Evening Street Lights

Walking along the busy sidewalks of the life soaked day

Autumn winds catches my collar and thumps my thoughts

My eyes go up to the third floor window and no lights shine

Loneliness shakes me

Damn!

I walk all this way and she is not home- Darker now

I shuffle around and go

To a corner bar and sit down

Blonde whore

Smiles

She wants a drink

I buy her one

Now what?

Her tale of woe, God

I pay

Walk out the door

Still no light

Where is she?

Cold, I stumble

What now?

The dull yellow street lights

They mock me and tell me to go home

I go as the street lights keep watch

On the third floor window

These and many more poems and stories are in Cowboys and Witches. This and all my books at Amazon.com/John K Bucher

Rainy Days and Coffee

Denver cloudburst

rusty chain

Soaked to the skin

hung over brain

Parked and shivered

old brick alley

Familiar jazz window

’bout a gal named Sally

Pedaled down Eighth

corners flooded

Sedan out of nowhere

comical but sudden

Pushed her hard

both tires went flat

Found the java

there I sat

Safe and dryer

window glazed

Sheets of rain

lightning blazed

Mountains in the distance

blurred by the storm

Flecks of snow

winter born

Piles of books

known and unknown

Stories of desires

under the stones

Thomas Wolfe speaks to me

faded cover

Turn the page

plot discover

Rain declined

remarks toward the night

Pushing up Broadway

faded street light…

This poem is found on page 35-37 in Old Photographs and Wild Dreams by

John K Bucher Sr. The hardcover version is available on Amazon.com

Sideshow Small Books

Sideshow Media Group offers a series of small books of poetry that is a tribute partially to the Pocket Poets Series that featured Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and a host of others. Lawrence Ferlinghetti launched the series  in 1955 to be sold at his City Light’s Bookstore in San Francisco, and is still inspiring minds all over the planet.

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These books are all available on Amazon and you can click on the links below to buy any of them.

https://www.amazon.com/California-Beat-Poetry-Hollywood-Boulevard/dp/0988930544/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1509552949&sr=8-10&keywords=John+K+Bucher

https://www.amazon.com/California-Beat-Poetry-John-Bucher/dp/0988930587/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1509553401&sr=8-17&keywords=John+K+Bucher

https://www.amazon.com/California-Beat-Poetry-Dharma-Angels/dp/0997129743/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1509553469&sr=8-21&keywords=John+K+Bucher

https://www.amazon.com/Down-Out-T-K-Waits/dp/0997129700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509553052&sr=8-1&keywords=T+K+Waits+Down+and+Out+Book+Poetry

Here is one poem featured in “Hollywood Boulevard” :

Block One 6901 Greta Garbo

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Dark and mysterious, the beauty of Camille

out of the shadows and onto the reel

Flesh and the devil “I vant to be alone”

her star is silent, her fame has grown

Anna Christie, the Oscar was close

I walked by and heard her ghost

Never again was one so pure

Never again was one so sure

Days of the silents, she broke the hearts

Talking in pictures, Greta departs…

 

Dharma Angels

Sideshow Media Group has just released my latest work of poetry- DHARMA ANGELS

DHARMA Angels

It is for sale on Amazon and I want to give you an idea what this book contains and what you could expect. 

“There is no single word in Western language for “dharma” and certainly not “dharma angels”, so I studied them all and came up with my own definintion: human behaviors, principles, or things that seem necessary for the order of nature, living creatures, religious beliefs, family structures, and music on an individual level to go forward. Without such things we shall all surely perish.”  – John K Bucher

The third book entitled “California Beat Poetry”, the poems highlight some of the people, places, things and ideas that fascinate me. I decided to ignore the weeds around me and pick the flowers I saw and now share them with you in this collection. Over the next few weeks I will share some of them on this blog. As personal appearance dates become firm I will post these as well. In those I do a live read of many of the poems and will autograph copies sold there. 

I dedicated this book to my mother.

“This little book of poems is dedicated to the memory of my mother-Muriel Joyce Bucher (1930-2016). She is one of those missing dharma angels who is not still among us yet is still very much loved.”

https://www.amazon.com/California-Beat-Poetry-Dharma-Angels/dp/0997129743/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471626572&sr=8-1&keywords=dharma+angels+john+k+bucher