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Summary

The definitive collection from a writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark.

Here is Bukowski eating walnuts and scratching his back, rolling a cigarette while listening to Brahms, showering with Linda in the midafternoon. Here is Bukowski knowing that the secret is beyond him, that people who never go crazy live truly horrible lives, that there's a bluebird in his heart that wants to get out.

Here is Bukowski at his most hilarious and heartbreaking, his most raw and profound; here is Bukowski at his best.

©2016 Linda Lee Bukowski (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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"The best poet in America." (Jean Genet)
"He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels." (Leonard Cohen)

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Poetry Of The Real World

Charles Bukowski tells it as it really is !
Here is a poet, who doesn't romanticize life.
He gives you it straight. Life is painful, its full
of regrets and missed opportunities.
However, when you get the breaks, when the fates are riding your horse, or when cupids arrow
hits you in the rear. Grab all the happiness you can, live YOUR LIFE to the full and enjoy the brief good times, between the brutality of life

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Brutal and Beautiful

I have long admired Bukowski’s poetry and this offers up some of the best. A great range too, from sardonic to sublime, from brutal to beautiful. The narrator gives each its deserved cadence.

A good place to start for the Bukowski novice.

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the work is great

the work of bukowski I love. it's vivid. real and posses a beautiful threat to more conventional work. the narrator seems somewhat monotone, and lifeless for a style that's ment to hold your mind hostage in what sometimes may seem brutal on the page. is rose without thorns a rose. no it's just another flower.