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2 P.m.beer
A 340 Dollar Horse And A Hundred Dollar Whore
7th Race When The Angels Swung Low And Burned
The 8 Count
Beans With Garlic
Beerbottle
The Bird
The Body
Burn And Burn And Burn
Burned
The Catch
Charisme
Charles
Children In The Sky
Class
Crucifix In A Deathhand
The Curtains Are Waving And People Walk Through ...
The Day It Rained At The Los Angeles County Museum
Death Of An Idiot
Deathbed Blues
The Difference Between A Bad Poet And A Good One Is Luck
Dogfight
Don't Come Round But If You Do...
Dreamlessly
Eddie And Eve
Father, Who Art In Heaven
The Fisherman
The Flower Lover
For Marilyn M.
For The Mercy-mongers
Fuzz
The Girls
Grass
He Even Looked Like A Nice Guy
Hell Hath No Fury
Hey Dolly
Hooray Say The Roses
Hot
The House
I Am Dead But I Know The Dead Are Not Like This
I Can't Stay In The Same Room With That Woman For Five Minutes
I Met A Genius
I Wanted To Overthrow The Government ...
I Was Glad
The Intellectual
John Dillinger And Le Chasseur Maudit
K.o.
Lack Of Almost Everything
Laugh Literary
Letter From Too Far
Letters
The Life Of Borodin
Like A Violet In The Snow
Like All The Years Wasted
Lilies In My Brain
A Literary Romance
A Little Sleep And Peace Of Stillness
Living
Looking For A Job
Lost
Love & Fame & Death
Love (2)
Machineguns Towers & Timeclocks
Mama
Man In The Sun
My Father
My Friend, Andre
Nerves
A Nice Day
No Charge
No Lady Godiva
No. 6
A Note On Rejection Slips
Note To A Lady Who Expected Rupert Brooke
Now (3)
Old Poet
On Going Out To Get The Mail
On The Circuit
Out Of The Arms...
Palm Leaves
A Pleasant Afternoon In Bed
A Poorly Night
Poverty
The Priest And The Matador
Pull A String, A Puppet Moves...
The Race
The Rent's Too High
Save The Pier
Shot Of Red-eye
Side Of The Sun
The Singular Self
Some People
Something For The Touts The Nuns The Grocery Clerks And You
The Sound Of Human Lives
Startled Into Life Like Fire
The State Of World Affairs From A 3rd Floor Window
Stew
Straight On Through
The Sunday Artist
Sunday Before Noon
Sway With Me
The Talkers
They All Of Them Know
The Tigress
To Kiss The Worms Goodnight
To The Whore Who Took My Poems
Tonalities
Tougher Than Corned Beef Hash --
Traffic Ticket
The Tragedy Of The Leaves
The Trash Men
Trouble With Spain
True Story
Tv
The Twins
Vegas
View From The Screen
Voices
Warm Asses
Wax Job
The Way
We, The Artists
The Weather Is Hot On The Back Of My Watch
Wet Night
What's The Use Of A Title?
Woman
The Workers
X-pug
Yes Yes
Zoo
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About the Author

Charles Bukowsk is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.


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  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2009
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Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew P. Arsenault on April 30, 2003
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I often feel that attempting to review poetry boarders on pretension. It is impossible to explore the infinite interpretations that accompany each poem; however, this compilation, which includes some of Bukowski's earlier works deserves some words.
All too often Bukowski is forced in to a literary box by those who have only read a brief snippet of his work. They see him as a down and out drunk, with a penchant for the written word. They fail to realize the greater depth of his poetry. Yes, Bukowski lived a very hard life, however, the booze and the women and the flophouse rooms also serve as a metaphor, illustrating his far-reaching insight into the world.
Through his poems, we see life through jaded eyes. So jaded, in fact, as to prove enlightening. From Bukowski's self-imposed exile from the daily grind, he is able to view the world of man objectively. He is able to gain a realization of the absurdities that all too often dull the lives of many, and in this way, Bukowski brings forth a certain level of enlightenment. Through his work, we too can view life objectively and combat the absurdities that plague us all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
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From 1944 -- 1955, Charles Bukowski (1920 -- 1994) lived the life of a wastrel, wandering from city to city, holding menial jobs, while spending most of his time drinking or fighting. Bukowski began writing poetry in earnest in about 1955, as he continued his life of drink, horseplaying, and sex, while gradually finding a voice for himself as a writer. In a poem called "we the artists", included in "Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame", Bukowski recalls these early years: "I keep thinking of myself young, then, the way I was,/ and I can hardly believe it but I don't mind it./ I hope the artists are still pround of me/but they never come back/again."

"Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame" (1974) is in part a compilation of several earlier Bukowski collections published as chapbooks in the years before Bukowski formed his relationship with John Martin and Black Sparrow Press. The poetry is unrhymed, in short free verse lines. It is largely but not entirely autobiographical as Bukowski explores his themes of death and suicide, drinking, womanizing, gambling, and finding meaning and redemption in life through art and poetry. Bukowski's early work tends to be more metaphorical and abstract than his later poetry.

The first part of the book, "It Captures my Heart in Its Hands" includes selections from a chapbook of that name published in 1963 with poetry written between 1955 and 1963. In addition to poems detailing Bukowski's experiences with women and the track, such as "to the whore who took my poems" and "a 340 dollar horse and a hundred dollar whore", it includes several poems about other people, including "for marilyn m." and "the life of borodin" as well as a meditative poem, "the singular self.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Felicia Aguilar on September 14, 2005
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This is one of the best collections of poetry that I have ever read. I've recently discovered Bukowski after having one of my poems compared to his work. I did some research and a lot of people told me to start with this book. I am so glad that I did because it was a great introduction to Bukowski's work (and he does have a lot of work!) I am looking forward to reading my way through more of Bukowski's work in the near future.

These poems are full of humor, introspection, and managing to find inspiration in the smallest of things and occurances. Even though it may seem like some of the sentences are disjointed or out of place, every sentence is meant to be there and that is clearly visible when you reach the end of any poem in this collection. All of these poems seem to emanate with a jaded wisdom that one can't help but feel as if a lesson has been learned after reading each one.

My favorite poems in this collection that I recommend are "to the whore who took my poems", "for marilyn m.", and "i met a genius".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Seibert on December 14, 1999
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Years ago in an eternally hip independent book store, I discovered Charles Bukowski, instantly devouring him like cold noodles on a hot afternoon. I started with "Burning in Water..." and still go back to this one for a feel of what Bukowski truly had to say. In this collection, he combines the sublime with the squalid, giving relevance and imperativeness to all of it. Simply, the man could write about virtually anything. Despite the isolation that permeates throughout the verse, he communicates our need and constant attempts at connection with our fellow human beings. Really folks, its not all just beer and women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ross Vassilev on October 21, 2007
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Bukowski was a brilliantly vulgar poet and is remembered as "The Poet Laureate of Skid Row."

This book is a compilation of Bukowski's first 4 chapbooks (small books of poetry) covering his work from 1955 to 1973. His earliest poems appear in "The Roominghouse Madrigals," a collection of his less-than-stellar work from 1946 to 1955.

"Burning in water..." contains some of his first really good poems, and some at the end can even be considered among his great poems. It's a good introduction to his work and should be the first of his works you read. I know from experience that you won't understand his other books of poetry too well if you don't read this one first.

This book was also instrumental in formulating my own style of poetry. A must read for all readers and poets alike.
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