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The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps Paperback – May 31, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Didn't bring a sweater
Nebraska never let you come back home
And on hollywood and vine
By the thrifty mart sign
Any night I'll be willin' to bet
There's a young girl
With sweet little dreams
And pretty blue wishes
Standin' there just gettin' all wet
Now there's a place off the drag
Called the Gilbert hotel
And there's a couple letters burned out the sign
And it's better then the bus stop
And they do good business
Every time it rains
For little girls
With nothing in their jeans
but pretty blue wishes
Sweet little thing
And it's raining it's pouring
Old man is snoring
Now I lay me down to sleep
I hear the sirens in the street
All my dreams are made of chrome
I have no way to get back home
I'd rather die before I wake
Like Marilyn Monroe
And throw my dreams out in
The street let the
Rain make 'em grow
Now the night clerk he got a club foot
He's heard every hard luck story
At least a hundred times or more
He says check out time is 10 am
And that's just what he means
Go up the stairs
With your sweet little wishes
Your pretty blue dreams
And it's raining it's pouring
Hollywoods just fine
Swindle a little out of her dreams
Another letter in the sign
Now never trust a scarecrow
Wearin' shades after dark
Be careful of that old bow tie he wears
It takes a sweet little bullet
From a pretty blue gun
To put those scarlet ribbons in your hair
No that ain't no cherry bomb
4th of July's all done
Just some fool playin' that second line
From the barrel of a pretty blue gun
No that ain't no cherry...Read more ›
It has been a long time since just HOW sheltered a life I have led was made so blindingly clear to me. This is the first book of Bukowski's I have ever read. I guarantee I will read more. I can't say his work is beautiful, but as he says himself in one of his poems;
"beautiful things can be terrible and terrible things can be beautiful."
I loved this book of poems; I could hardly put it down. Reading it made me sad and disgusted and intrigued. The stories are so clear and present. He packs so much into so little space it is as if I were doing those things, seeing those people, drinking until I couldn't stand anymore.
I wanted to live in a flop house on the bad side of town and go into bars that are the last stop on the downward spiral to the bottom. I wanted to see what that was like, living on that road to collective self destruction. My wife, of course says "No!"
Fine, I will just have to find more of Bukowski's stuff to read then!
I have read most of his work, and never tire of it. So bring it on Linda and Black Sparrow, where ever you can find it, bring it all on and share it with the rest of us. So it ain't vintage Buk, who cares, it's Hank. Hank baring it all in the singular signature way he always did. Pass me another beer baby and bring me my Bukowski!
Yeah, I like my Rimbaud and Neruda and Sexton and Pound and Browning and Yeats et al...
But every once in a while...
Bukowski drops on my lap,
And I, lap it up
Like a parched pup
After a lengthy lope.
Lord Bryon he isn't, but I just can't get enough of this cat. If you are new to Hank, then perhaps start someplace else - Post Office, Ham on Rye, Factotum, Love is a Dog From Hell, etc... - but if you are an avid fan of his, you HAVE to add this 2001 posthumous patchwork to your book/poetry collection.
"They say that nothing is wasted: either that or it all is."
This is a great coffee table book. For you can pick it up at any time, turn to almost any page, and see the definition of vulnerability, of truth, of what it means to stand alone against this world and not back down to the mindless masses of mediocrity. So give it a stab folks, it just might be worth it... It was for me!
"...and nothing is more personal than walking down
a stairway alone
thinking about nothing. I often like to
think about nothing for hours."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charles Bukowski, The Night Torn Mad with Footsteps (Black Sparrow, 2001)
Can a person be great and yet not too good at the same time? Read more
In these poems (from the 1970s and 1980s), Bukowski is getting away from the references to animals of the earlier years, moving into more specific events. Read morePublished on December 11, 2002 by SPM
Charles Bukowski's poems are grounded in California observations and scenes: and The Night Torn With Mad Footsteps provides new poems from the prolific poet's pen, which range from... Read morePublished on March 16, 2002 by Midwest Book Review
Difficult to belive--so much bad Bukowski. And all in one place.Published on January 29, 2002 by kevin jones
Black Sparrow Press puts together an amazing book. And this is some of Bukowskis finest work ever. The hardcover deluxe edition is well woth the fifteen extra bucks.Published on December 11, 2001
I haven't even read Bukowski's latest collection, THE NIGHT TORN MAD, but I was so happy to finally get the book from amazon, that I had to share my excitement (and give it an... Read morePublished on November 1, 2001 by Mark B.