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103 Degrees
12:18 A.m.
225 Pounds
The 2nd Novel
A 56 Year Old Poem
The 6 Foot Goddess
99 To One
About Cranes
After The Reading
An Almost Made Up Poem
Alone With Everybody
Another Bed
An Art
As Crazy As I Ever Was
Beach Trip
The Beautiful Young Girl Walking Past The Graveyard
Beds, Toilets, You And Me
The Bee
Bee's 5th
Big Max
Blue Cheese And Chili Peppers
A Change Of Habit
Chopin Bukowski
Christmas Eve, Alone,
Clean Old Man
Cold Plums
The Crunch
Dark Shades
Dead Now
Don't Touch The Girls
Doom And Siesta Time
The Drill
Eat Your Heart Out
The End Of A Short Affair
The Escape
For Al --
The Girl On The Bus Stop Bench
The Girls At The Green Hotel
Girls Coming Home
Girls In Pantyhose
Gloomy Lady
A Gold Pocket Watch
The Good Life
The Good Loser
A Good One
The Greek
Hawley's Leaving Town
A Horse With Greenblue Eyes
How Come You're Not Unlisted
How To Be A Great Writer
Huge Ear Rings
I Have Shit Stains In My Underwear Too
I Made A Mistake
I'm Getting Back To Where I Was
I've Seen Too Many Glazed-eyed Bums Sitting Under A Bridge
Imagination And Reality
In A Neighborhood Of Murder
The Insane Always Loved Me
Iron Mike
It's The Way You Play The Game
A Killer
Light Brown
Like A Flower In The Rain
The Little Girls
Little Tigers Everywhere
Love Is A Dog From Hell
A Lovely Couple
The Meek Have Interited
Moaning And Groaning
The Most
My Comrades
My Groupie
My Old Man
The Night I Fucked My Alarm Clock
Now, If You Were Teaching Creative Writing, He Asked, What
Numb Your Ass And Your Brain And Your Heart
On The Continent
One For Old Snaggle-tooth
One For The Shoeshine Man
One Of The Hottest
One To The Breastplate
Pacific Telephone
The Place Didn't Look Bad
A Plate Glass Window
Prayer In Bad Weather
The Price
Private First Class
Problems About The Other Woman
The Professors
The Promise
Quiet Clean Girls In Gingham Dresses
Rain Or Shine
Red Up And Down
The Retreat
She Came Out Of The Bathroom With Her Flaming Red Hair
Shit Time
Sitting In A Sandwich Joint
Some Picnic
The Spider
A Stethoscope Case
The Strangest Sight You Ever Did See
Sweet Music
There Once Was A Woman Who Put Her Head Into An Oven
This Poet
This Then
Traffic Signals
Trench Warfare
Trying To Get Even
An Unkind Poem
Up Your Yellow River
Waving And Waving Goodbye
We Will Taste The Islands And The Sea
Weather Report
What They Want
When I Think Of Myself Dead
Who In Hell Is Tom Jones
The Worst And The Best
Yellow Cab
Greed, Part 10: A Note
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About the Author

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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. 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

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Ecco edition (May 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876853629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876853627
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take off the rose-colored glasses...return your seats to their upright position...place your head between your knees and prepare for a crash landing. Don't get me wrong: this book is not a diatribe condemning love. We've all read and loved our Byron, but now it's time to step through the looking glass, children. Love may "walk in beauty like the night" but, "Love, Bukowski Style"...asks you to remember that "the night" isn't the best venue for clarity of vision. Bukowski speaks to that other side of love...vitriolic, soul-destroying, perverted, barbaric and insane. All, who have ever loved, will find the words for their feelings...the feelings for their lack of words...in Bukowski's auto-Eros-dissection. Why would I suggest you read this volume of poetry? Why would anyone want to subject themself to such unpleasantries? What kind of sadist am I, that I would ask you to deliberately subject yourself to the pain of love? To know love, is to know the pain of love. Yet for all the pain inherent in love, we seek love again and again. Nothing exercises our gifts of hope and faith more strenuously. Love may be a "dog from hell" to Bukowski, but he is still unable to disguise his want, his need and his hope for more love. Bukowski - alcoholic, misanthrope, barbarian, gutter rat - who writes of love and can still say..."It softens a man."
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I have the paperback, and nearly half the corners of the pages are folded down because I read them once a month. Like all volumes of poetry, there are good ones and mediocre ones, but overall it's honest, painful, and beautiful. Rather than drone on, I'll give you a sample, from one of my favorites of this volume:
alone with everybody
the flesh covers the bone_ and they put a mind_ in there and_ sometimes a soul,_ and the women break_ vases against the walls_ and the men drink too_ much_ and nobody ever finds the_ one_ but they keep_ looking_ crawling in and out_ of beds._ flesh covers_ the bone and the_ flesh searches_ for more than_ flesh._
there's no chance_ at all:_ we are all trapped_ by a singular_ fate._
nobody ever finds_ the one._
the city dumps fill_ the junkyards fill_ the madhouses fill_ the hospitals fill_ the graveyards fill_ nothing else_ fills.
P.S. "How to be a great writer" is honest, and hilarious, if it weren't for the language, I'd have left that one to convince you to buy this.
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One of the most renowned poets of the 20th Century came not from the Academia but rather from the dive bars in Los Angeles. Charles Bukowski began to unleash his gutteral cry in the mid-50's. By the time he died of Leukemia in 1994, he was approaching legend status.
Bukowski was the king of skid row poets. He was a drunk living in flophouses, working in factories, fighting, cursing etc. He wrote in a raw, hard hitting style. There is no effort to hide the warts and blemishes here. He wrote in a savagely frank manner on his life and the society that revolved around him.
He eventually became famous enough to befriend Hollywood types like Sean Penn. He wrote a screenplay called "Barfly" which starred Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway. It was partially autobiographical.
Bukowski produced many thick volumes of poetry for the Black Sparrow Press. One of my favorites is "Love Is A Dog From Hell". This includes poems that were written from 1974 through 1977. It fills up over 300 pages. Bukowski was a prolific poet in spite his personal problems with booze and gambling.
His poetry will not be for everyone. He is dirty, crude and has an almost absolute reliance on free verse. He is pretty graphic when it comes to sex and booze. . Poem titles include "sex pot", "moaning and groaning", "The Six Foot Goddess", "problems about the other woman", etc. Several poem titles wouldn't even make it past the epinions filter.
Bukowski goes straight for the jugular. This is not poetry for the meek at heart. He is, however, very funny and very direct. Some of the poems will resonate with near brilliance. Bukowski did have the ability to cut some very clean lines. At times, he can be deceptively clever. There is even rare poignancy.
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This book may show Bukowski at his most sensationalistic, but it hardly contains his best writing. The booze, women, and poverty may be there, but the imagination is almost wholly absent. Many poems seem more like afterthoughts or random musings than truly completed works. There are a handful of great offerings here ("Alone with Everybody," "Prayer in Bad Weather," "One for the Shoeshine Man"), but much stronger poems in the same vein are found in the author's Mockingbird Wish Me Luck and Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame. Some of his best work is in the novel, Ham On Rye. Those who want to know just how compelling Bukowski can be should invest in those books.
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Charles Bukowski was the father of drunken debauchery and only he could lay the pen upon it and make it appear magical. His words quite often hypnotize you, pulling you into the heart of his blackly vibrant emotions. It seems everyone has a favorite writing period of Bukowski and this one happens to be mine. If you are new to his self-indulging spews of wretchedness you will either love him or loathe him.His writings ( in this case poetry) mirror his life i.e.: drinking binges,numerous affairs with women of all sorts, days at the track,facing mortality , and the abject sadness of skidrow life. He thrived , growing like a fungus , amidst the dregs of humanity, feeding off their disorders. Be prepaired for an unsavory look at the seedy side of urban America and hopefully it will be well fulfilling!
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