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60 Yard Pass
About Pain
All The Casualties...
Ass But No Class
Bad Action
Beauti-ful
A Beginning
Big John Of Echo Park
Bravo
The Condition
Dagwood And Blondie
The Darlings
The Day The Epileptic Spoke
Dear Pa And Ma
Dogs
Eating My Senior Citizen's Dinner At The Sizzler
Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame --
Fall Out
The Famous Writer
Frozen Food Section
Funny
The Gentleman And The Bastard
Ginsberg?
Girls
Girls From Nowhere
Good Time Girl
Goodbye
Green
Here I Am
Hey, Ezra, Listen To This
The History Of A Tough Motherfucker
Hog
Horsemeat
How Do They Get Your Number?
How I Got Started
The Hustle
I Fall Into It Without Trying...
Jack-knife
John Dillinger Marches On
Krutz
The Lady Poet
The Last Generation
Love (1)
A Love Poem For All The Women I Have Known
Macho Man
Making It
The Miracle Is The Shortest Time
My Friend
Naked At 92 Degrees
Nice Try
Night On A Visa Card
Not All That Bad
Not To Worry
A Note To The Boys In The Back Room:
Note Upon The Love Letters Of Beethoven:
Now (2)
Oh, Yes
An Old Buddy
The Old Gang
On And Off The Road
On Being 20
On Being Recognized
One For The Old Boy
Our Curious Position
Out Of The Blue
Overhead Mirrors
Pace Is The Essence
A Patriot Of Life
Playing It Out
Practice
Promenade
The Puzzle
Result
A Sad Poem
Sardines In Striped Dresses
Sex And / Or Love
She Said
The Sickness
The Skaters
Sky Sign
Some Of My Readers
Space Creatures
Sparks
The Star
A Strange Moment
Suggestion For An Arrangement
Sweater
A Sweaty Day In August
The Sword
Take It
Talking To My Mailbox...
Terminology
Too Late
Training For Kid Aztec
Transformation And Disfiguration
The Troops
Truce
Upon First Reading The Immortal Literature Of The World --
A Valentine Gift
The Walls
Windy Night
Writing Is A State Of Trance
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Poems 1981-1984
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (May 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876856377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876856376
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,698 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Beebe on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Many fans and critics of Bukowski often bemoan the "watering down" of the quality of his poems versus the quantity after he learned how to use a word processor (myself included), but here was Chinaski at his purest, coming out of the 70's with seemingly more short stories and novels than poems, still so brash and raw that you can practically smell the boozy halitosis blending with the carbon ink.

I ended up haviong to buy a new copy after my 3rd ed. Black Sparrow copy mysteriously vanished over the winter. Although the ECCO editions are nice enough, (hardcovers included), the print seems a little different and the paper feels a bit thinner, but I suppose I might be a little biased as I loved the original printings (plus you'll never see an autograph/drawing on a HarperCollins edition!).

Some really good long poems are included which always makes for great re-reading, but works like "the condition" and "suggestion for an arrangment" will have you whipping off lines from memory, maybe just like Buk did when he wrote them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Craig Stoughton on March 3, 2004
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Bukowski often wrote that he thought most poetry was dandyfied, prissyfied, pretty, not real, fake, false and worst of all, restrictive to the "masses". To him there were a few exceptions; John Fante, Hamsun and early Hem. in prose, some of Pound, all of Sarayon, all of Jeffers in poetry. Hank wrote clearly and lucidly about many topics, not just getting drunk and sleeping with women as many of his detractors claim. He also wrote clean crisp poetry about LA and the race track, and traffic, other writers and about cats, and food, and taking baths and, well, about life!!!! Life being lived by a human being. War All the Time was written during the early to mid eighties, a time when Hank had had some success with his writing. His movie was out and enjoying some success. He was 60 years old and he had a newer car and a house in San Pedro he owned and a woman he loved (the second Linda) so his words in this collection are not quite as hard as poems from earlier on, like the poems found in the Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame collection. But, War All the Time is still lucid and clear as a drink of vodka on ice, this collection is right up there with the best of Bukowski.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Badactor on September 21, 2001
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Charles Bukowski brilliantly captures the race track experience. His poetry in the "horsemeat" section of "War All The Time"
is an hysterical, decadent, powerful and exciting, tribute to Thoughrobreds and their Fans.
If you can't actually be at the track, Bukowski's poetry will carry you there; from Gate to Wire, his poetry is OUTSTANDING!!!...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D. Tompkins on July 28, 2002
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im a big bukowski fan . i didnt love this collection nor did i hate it . i was more indifferent and found myself sometimes reading thru the poems quickly. out of the 5 of his books ive read thus far, this one has the least amount of pages marked with poems to go back and read
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By Kelly on February 26, 2013
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I found this collection terribly easy to read, except for the fact that I kept wanting to stop and mark my favorites to make them easier to find in the future. (I had quite a few "favorites.") Bukowski's writing is funny, weary, hardened, and terribly poignant. He alternates without warning between gruff and heartbreaking and takes the reader for an emotional ride.

Holden Caulfield said, "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." I loved this idea when I first read The Catcher in the Rye. I don't feel like that often, though. And actually, in Bukowski's case, I'm pretty sure I *wouldn't* like him much if I were in the same room as him...but I sure as hell enjoy reading about him and what he's doing, probably because his poems also include his reactions to the world around him. He writes like he can't help but write, and I appreciate that. Now I've gotta check out some of his prose...
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This book is filled splashes of rawness, with large bursts of reality checks which surely keep you humble and grounded. When reading, "how do they get you number" (p.181), you get the sence of whay hell might be for some one that might be caught in the same predicament that brings you back to a scenario that you might be able to associated with. If you don't read this book it will be your loos. Keep your reading up!
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By Thomas L. Dampier on September 17, 2009
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This is vintage bukowski; getting drunk and doing stupid stuff....reminds me of me. He dreams he is flying during one of his most enjoyable dreams then wakes up in the L A drunk tank lying next to a toliet while some dude is throwing up. awesome!!!
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By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2014
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Like it or not Uncle Hank simply narrates his life and zaps you between the eyes with his wit and bleary eyed wisdom. If you know Bukowski this book of verse is what you want and expect. If you haven't gotten to know Hank yet, just buy the book!
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