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To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon. A hard-drinking wild man of literature 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.

Edited by John Martin, the legendary publisher of Black Sparrow Press and a close friend of Bukowski’s, The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best works from Bukowski’s long poetic career, including the last of his never-before-collected poems. Celebrating the full range of the poet’s extra-ordinary and surprising sensibility, and his uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a rich lifetime of experiences and charlrs to Bukowski’s “immense intelligence, the caring heart that saw through the sham of our pretenses and had pity on our human condition” The New York Quarterly.

The Pleasures of the Damned is o astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both longtime fans and those just discovering this unique and legendary American voice.

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He was born in 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. Abel Debrittoa former Fulbright scholar and current Marie Curie fellow, works in the digital humanities.

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I’m not going to get all flowery and I’m not going to get all flowery and sentimental because Bukowski I don’t think would have appreciated it or thought it too trite expressing the elite-est “cuteness”. Bukowski wasn’t cute or pretty in his writing Reality is not pretty or kind.

I love his writing for that. Also I found the words to his dead love in the poems “for Jane: The grief he felt was enormous, world wrecking and I identified with that grief since I lost my husband and soul mate two years ago.

He made me laugh, think, gasp at the rawness of life I remember seeing living in the outskirts of San Francisco in the 70’s. He took down a memory lane of my own childhood and re-examine myself in a way I haven’t in a very, very long time. He stripped down things to what they actually xharles instead of what society likes to pretend them to be. That to me is a clean, healthy lungful of fresh air! He was vulgar in his language, but in case you haven’t really stepped out of your cubicle or hide-y hole We’re your elderly on the pensions and social security, waitresses, garbage men, retail sales people, and secretaries.

You know, the ones the upper classes can’t live without because we are the professional maids and nannies and buttwipers bukowsmi minimum wage to slightly over, but still in the poverty level that make their world go round. We see the unsanitized and unedited truth. Mother Nature is one cruel mother. Bukowski had the balls to say it! Thank you again for your humanity and insight.

Forget that it’s been labeled ‘poetry’. However, if you like honest emotion, straightforward observations of the human condition that ring with truth, nukowski you have sufficient maturity to acknowledge a certain amount of coarse verbiage sometimes expresses reality, this is, maybe, the only poetry book you’ll ever chxrles. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll be turned on and turned off. You’ll see yourself, and want to take a good, hot shower afterwards. There’s a lot of good in this dsmned, but it misses some incredible poems.

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First of all, I’m really surprised that Some People didn’t make it in Same dzmned Wandering in the Cage. My first Bukowski poetry book was Betting on the Muse. It made me fall in love with the dude.

But the choices here are pretty terrible. Avoiding Humanity, the secret, let not, a challenge to the dark, think of it are all essential Bukowski.

The worst omission is easily “let it enfold you. It’s one of his all lf best, and it’s hard to justify not including pleaaures. Lifedance is essential, icecream people is great, as is a vote for the gentle light and be alone.

A few more that are absolutely essential: But most definitely not all of the poems in this book are fantastic. The last few written near the end of his life are pretty perfect.

There are some hilarious ones who needs it, a threat to my immortalitygreat political ones American Flag shirt, putrefaction, commerceand of course all the big ones crunch, genius of the crowd, bluebird, etc. It’s a fantastic collection. But don’t stop here.

Don’t even think about it. One person found this helpful. His style of writing allows other poets to be bold. Well worth the purchase. Others are good and a treat to read. Some are mediocre and a few outright bad. But in all fairness, many of the poems were published after Bukowski’s death. If he didn’t bother to publish them in his lifetime he probably didn’t think they were his best effort and worthy of being published.

Such is the fate of dead writers and living editors. Have one on me, Charlie. I keep this book by my bedside table, and if I’m too tired to read anything more substantial, I read one or two of Bukowski’s poems before bed.

Reading this man’s work is like being punched in the guts. He has a way with words that affects me viscerally as a reader, and because this is a compilation of work over the years, the earlier poems are very different to the later ones.

This is actually like reading a life in poetry. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I’d say this is it. Gregg Taylor Banter author of Wolves and Wildflowers.

Even though I own everything Bukowski ever didi still bought this book because it gives such a good panarama of his very prolific career. A very balanced collection of all his work. Fun to read and makes an excellent introduction to his work.

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