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Bukowski was like the king of the down and outs, I admire this man so much. Poetry has, for good or ill, been a predominately feminine pursuit over the years. Bukowski’s comes off in this volume as a retched man that rejects most everything. From bumowski canonical standpoint, it is amazing to me that anyone especially women would ever read this trash. I stayed up into the early hours one night reading his poetry- I felt a parallel to myself.

I wanted to revel in his brilliance. Bukowski takes a different approach and it works.

The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski

He writes about the ordinary degenerate, the drunk who can’t get out of bed in the morning, the yellow-eyed barfly who can’t pay up, and the motel hooker who prefers to be known as a “working girl”. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books, including novels such as Factotum, Post Office and Ham on Rye. I have things in my past that can be viewed as depressing but never so much as to call me unfortunate.

I will definitely be reading more of Bukowski’s thw. For starters, this collection seems to have been slapped together without any dates or order to the work. I am a total word nerd and have started a quote book due to the amount of books that were really inspiring me last year and Charles is now bukowaki up a fair portion of it.


I am absolutely gutted that this book has come to an end because I honestly could have carried on reading a poem here and a poem there forever. Both of these men have moved me in ways no other authors ever have. Trivia About The Pleasures of His poems since of fragility is quite contagious.

For the most part, I was disappointed. Pleadures to Read Currently Reading Read. This book promises ‘the best of the best of Bukowski’, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint – then again, at over pages, there’s a lot in there to choose from. He’s really just a bitter, offensive guy. Mar 17, Kevin Hosein rated it it was amazing.

The Iron Wolf Ted Hughes. And when it happens, I can look at it and say, “Well, this is familiar territory. He does it with lines like: This is some of the pf, least poetic work I’ve ever read. I loved those poems and thought I would enjoy more of his work.

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This is a crappy thing to do with Bukowski, because Bukowski’s work and personality changed distinctly several times over his lifetime. He was born in Germany in to an American soldier father and a German mother and was brought to the United States at the age of three.

Some very clever phrases, and many not-so. The Built Moment Lavinia Greenlaw.

No trivia or tge yet. Point of view Tips on technique 4: A March Calf Ted Hughes. Charles Bukowski is overbearingly honest in most of his poetry. Let me start by saying I totally understand and agree with hukowski hype surrounding Charles Bukowski even if most of said hype is coming from a bunch of adolescents on Tumblr who most likely don’t have much life experience or at least don’t have enough life experience to sympathize with Mister Bukowski’s way of life not that I am dictating who should or shouldn’t read this as I think everyone should!


The Built Moment Lavinia Greenlaw. You really do get the distinct feeling that tue feels sorry for himself and honestly, by the end of this book, you’ll feel sorry for him too. Throughout The Pleasures of the Damned I followed Bukowski’s everday life and observations of the world that he damnedd in. Play me the f’n blues. But mostly it was just too much bitter, sexist, white male obsessing over his bitter, sexist, white male problems.

I took issue with much of the formatting, though. A hard-drinking wild man of pldasures and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers.

There’s just one quote in particular that I’d like to dwell on, though – Leonard Cohen said: But I never got around to it.

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For Bukowski Pull this is how a real man drinks, he says. Man, this dirty old guy could write! British Museum Daljit Nagra. Charles Bukowski, where to begin. I’ve read almost all of them.

Really dig the mundane topics he often wrote about, like a poetic Harvey Pekar. And anyone who reads his work, hears him speak, instead of pigeonholing th There is only one other author who can do the things to my head and heart that Bukowski does, and that is Raymond Carver.