Charles Bukowski

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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 th ...

Charles Bukowski Poems

1.
Alone With Everybody

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
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2.
A Smile To Remember

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
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3.
Bluebird

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
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4.
And The Moon And The Stars And The World

Long walks at night--
that's what good for the soul:
peeking into windows
watching tired housewives
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5.
An Almost Made Up Poem

I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny
blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny
they are small, and the fountain is in France
where you wrote me that last letter and
...

Charles Bukowski Quotes

11 November 2014

If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence.

11 November 2014

The pest, in a sense, is a very superior being to us: he knows where to find us and how—usually in the bath or in sexual intercourse or asleep.

11 November 2014

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

11 November 2014

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.

16 April 2016

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

Charles Bukowski Comments

Bukowski is not a poet. He composes under the influence (intoxicated actually) and his writes are illogical and hellish, byproducts of his besotted thinking. Then, his devotees spend millions of minutes to exalt and explain his grandness in arbitrary compositions of ideas which follow the philosophy of whatever. Bukowski does not comprehend what 'verse means', his knowledge of the English language is elementary, his grammar is faulty but overall he manages to create an army of admirers who drink like him, compose like him and spit at the world like him.

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Vineet Chhikara 27 May 2013

Have a look at my poems... and rate them... i am sure you will like them.... :)

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John Hardesty 06 July 2013

He's the type of man, after the meal's ate, the children are to bed, you bring out a gallon of whiskey, and drink till sun-up, and hope to God, you've absorbed enough of that night from him to last a lifetime! !

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Swagger Mcjagger 09 January 2013

His writting has such a swagger to it. p.s. meatspin.com

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Anna Kulpa 06 February 2013

I grow to believe that a perfection leads to nowhere. Sometimes you must surrender. His imperfection is my shelter

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shlomo zalman 12 December 2020

This is perhaps how I prefer to be accidentally meeting people while traversing towns and cities, parks and nature trails, Colorado, New Mexico and Canada. Maybe LA and San Francisco. Writing, reading, maybe performing a few poetry readings. Getting laid periodically. Which may not be too hard when women I meet find out I write poetry. Just sort of hanging out on the inside and fringes of life, materializing sometimes into something significant,

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E. McKenzie 08 October 2020

Low opinion of women. His behaviour is deflected to the female

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Rabithen 28 July 2020

I discovered this video a couple years ago and have watched it at least 10 times. It never fails to tickle my funny bone. Every time I see that female cockatoo and the fear in her eyes putting up her foot as if to say ” no closer buddy” I burst out laughing, along with the sheer groov’n of the male- wow what a dancer! > > > > > > > > > topbestjob

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Soran M. H 07 February 2020

gambling, drinking, women, homelessness are the main cause and dynamo of his brilliant poetry inspirations, thankfully his works has translated into so many different languages..

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