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"A. Huxley died at 69/ much too early for such a/ fierce talent." Now in his seventh decade, Bukowski is preoccupied with death, but in such a way that he spices his usual flat monotone with bits of welcome humor. While continuing his focus on life in bars and at the racetrack, these poems enlarge the meditative tone begun in You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense ( LJ 1/87). Bukowski remembers the first time he read great authors or heard classical composers; he reflects on old friends, co-workers, and lovers, but with a new gentleness, as in "Darkling," a wonderfully lyric love poem to his wife. Poems such as this make it easier to spot the poetic craft at work behind Bukowski's understated common speech. Finally, the poet's emphasis on reflection and mellowed tone will, one hopes, enlarge the poet's huge but specialized readership.
- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, "Soho Weekly News," New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


8 Count
Air And Light And Time And Space
The Aliens
Are You Drinking
The Area Of Pause
Batting Order
Be Kind
Before Aids
The Beggars
Between Races
The Big Ride
Blasted Apart With The First Breath
The Bluebird
Bonaparte's Retreat
Bright Red Car
The Bully
Car Wash
Celine With Cane And Basket
Charles The Lion-hearted
Classical Music And Me
Cool Black Air
The Creative Act
Creative Writing Class
Crime And Punishment
Cut While Shaving
The Damnation Of Buk
Darkness And Ice
Days Like Razors, Nights Full Of Rats
Death Is Smoking My Cigars
Dinner, 1933
Dinosauria, We
Downtown Billy
Duck And Forget It
The Eagle Of The Heart
The Editor
Edward Sbragia
Elvis Lives
Everything You Touch
Eyeless Through Space
Fan Letter
The Feel Of It
The Flashing Of The Odds
Flat Tire
Freaky Time
The Genius
Get Close Enough And You Can't See
Going Out
A Good Job
The Greatest Actor Of Our Day
Happy Birthday
Heat Wave
Hell Is A Closed Door
Hello, Hamsun
Hemingway Never Did This
Hock Shops
Hold On, It's A Belly Laugh
Hunk Of Rock
The Idiot
In And Out Of The Dark
In Error
In The Bottom
In The Shadow Of The Rose
Inactive Volcano
The Interviewers
An Invitation
It's A Shame
The Jackals
The Lady And The Mountain Lion
Last Seat At The End
A Laugh A Minute
Let Me Tell You
The Lost And The Desperate
Luck Was Not A Lady
The Man With The Beautiful Eyes
Moving Toward The 21st Century
My Buddy In Valet Parking At The Race Track
My Buddy, The Buddha
My First Computer Poem
My German Buddy
My Uncle Jack
No More, No Less
No Sale
Now (1)
Off And On
Oh, I Was A Ladies' Man
The Old Horseplayer
Only One Cervantes
The Open Canvas
The Pack
A Poet In New York
Poetry Contest
Post Time
Pulled Down Shade
Question And Answer
The Replacements
Rossini, Mozart And Shostakovich
The Science Of Physiognomy
See Here, You
Shock Treatment
Shooting The Moon In The Eye
Show Biz
Sitting With The Ibm
Small Cafe
Snapshots At The Track
The Soldier, The Wife And The Bum
A Strange Day
A Suborder Of Naked Buds
Such Luck
Surprise Time Again
Tag Up And Hold
The Telephone
That I Have Known The Dead
Them And Us
They Are Everywhere
They Don't Eat Like Us
This Rejoinder
Those Mornings
Trollius And Trellises
Two Toughs
Upon This Time
Wandering In The Cage
Warm Light
We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain
What A Writer
Within The Dense Overcast
The Word
The Writer
You Know And I Know And Thee Know
Young In New Orleans
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (May 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876858639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876858639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Joe Deveny on August 6, 2000
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This book is Bukowski at his brilliant best, talking straight from experience about the life of a bum alcoholic poet.
When I first read this book, I was eleven years old and had never heard of Bukowski or read anything of this sort, or any poetry. It was like the book cast a spell on me. I could not stop reading. I remember staying up all hours of the night, reading this book with a flashlight, frantically turning the pages, hoping it would go on forever. It spoke to me on an intimate lever that no school-assigned swill ever had. I grabbed me by my soul and dragged me down into a beautiful abbyss which I have not left to this day.
After reading this book, you will never be the same again.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark Begley on February 11, 2002
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The title says it all really; these were Buk's last earth poems (I know tons of his books have been released posthumously), and some of his best writing ever. A true masterpiece, at times surprisingly tender, with Buk at his topmost. One of my favorites (and I've read them all) and a great place for those new to Buk to start.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on May 26, 2002
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Back in my 20's and 30's during my "dark night of the soul" Bukowski was about the only author and poet that I could still read. I think that this was because he was the only writer that I could identify with. We had too much in common: we had read the same books, worked the same crummy jobs, patronized the same sort of bars, and above all, suffered the same kind of fools. So I knew that he was for real.

After I had reached bottom, been dismembered by demons, and yet strangely could not die, I still read Bukowski. I knew that in order to be reborn, you first have to suffer hell and die. Bukowski had been there, had done that. I knew the validity of his path. I had done it.

Bukowski was an anachronism- a literate, and published, working man. That is something that has been almost obliterated in American "culture." Maybe it had something to do with his German roots. I always think of him as a Schopenhauer gone to seed.

I think I know why Bukowski got so little respect from literary types and contemporary poets. You see Hank was a MAN and an ADULT, and your literary types have a basic problem with both manhood and adulthood....
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Bosiljevac on August 30, 2004
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This was the first Bukowski I've read. The poems are less poetry-like and more short stories in columns. They've got a great rhythm. They're better when you read them out loud, which works better when you live alone. What amazes me is that this book is 405 pages long, and it's one of forty-five books by Bukowski, mostly books of poetry. That's pretty prolific. This one was published in 1992. There's a lot of poems about being old and getting ready to die. And a lot about drinking.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jack Dempsey on February 4, 2005
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The piano has been drinking

My necktie's asleep

The combo went back to New York, and left me all alone

The jukebox has to take a leak

Have you noticed that the carpet needs a haircut?

And the spotlight looks just like a prison break

And the telephone's out of cigarettes

As usual the balcony's on the make

And the piano has been drinking, heavily

The piano has been drinking

And he's on the hard stuff tonight

The piano has been drinking

And you can't find your waitress

Even with the Geiger counter

And I guarantee you that she will hate you

From the bottom of her glass

And all of your friends remind you

That you just can't get served without her

The piano has been drinking

The piano has been drinking

And the lightman's blind in one eye

And he can't see out of the other

And the piano-tuner's got a hearing aid

And he showed up with his mother

And the piano has been drinking

Without fear of contradiction I say

The piano has been drinking

Our Father who art in ?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Diaz on May 12, 2005
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Having been a long standing fan of Bukowski's work I am partial to this book because it represents his later work which is just as powerful as any of his early lyrical work like Crucifix in a Deathand and It Catches My Heart In It's Hand. Poems like Dinosaura,We; In The Shadow of the Rose and My Uncle Jack capture the author still at the peak of his creative powers. Of course there are the typical Buk topics like horseracing, boozing, women, the outsiders, but Bukowski takes a soft turn by dedicating a poem to his wife which will catch many Buk fans surprisingly off guard. If you are new to Charles Bukowski's writing you will definitely want to get this book; it will inspire you to try his other books. If you're a long time Buk reader, you probably have this one in your collection already. I highly recommend The Last Night of the Earth Poems to everyone

that has a taste for earthy, lyrical and ballsy poetry.
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