Charles Bukowski Poems
- Alone With Everybody the flesh covers the bone and they put...
- A Smile To Remember we had goldfish and they circled around ...
- An Almost Made Up Poem I see you drinking at a fountain with ...
- Bluebird there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get ...
- And The Moon And The Stars And...
- Are You Drinking? washed-up, on shore, the old yellow ...
- Be Kind we are always asked to understand the other ...
Henry Charles Bukowski was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". Regarding Bukowski's enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski’s appeal. . . [is that] he combines the confessional poet’s ... more »
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''If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.''Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), U.S. author, poet. Notes From a Dirty Old Man (1969).
''The pest, in a sense, is a very superior being to us: he knows where to find us and howusually in the bath or in sexual intercourse or asleep.''Charles Bukowski (b. 1920), U.S. author, poet. "Notes on the Pest," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
''You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.''Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), U.S. author, poet. "Too Sensitive," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
''Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.''Charles Bukowski (b. 1920), U.S. author, poet. "Too Sensitive," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
''“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ''
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
and nobody finds the
crawling in and out
the bone and the
for more than
there's no chance
we are all trapped
by a singular
nobody ever finds
the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill