Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

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 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).
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  • ''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.''
    Charles Bukowski (b. 1920), U.S. author, poet. "Notes on the Pest," Tales of Ordinary Madness (1967).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ''
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  • DiMaki(1/29/2019 8:58:00 AM)

    He has really cool books. I found a cool list of the best books: https: //bookkooks.com/best-charles-bukowski-books/ And it turned out that I read almost all of his books!

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal(1/14/2019 12:46:00 PM)

    His poems are delight to read.

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  • Angela(11/18/2018 4:45:00 AM)

    Can somebody tell me the song please? Thanks

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  • Lukas(7/23/2018 12:49:00 PM)

    I like the cats poem

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  • Craig Allen(6/19/2018 1:39:00 AM)

    I remember reading a poem - perhaps by Borges - that said something to the effect of We have air conditioning and well-working plumbing, but we still haven't written the poem. We have algebra and 4-wheel drive, but we still haven't been able to write the poem etc. etc. etc. Does anyone know it? Thanks!

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  • Craig Allen(6/19/2018 1:34:00 AM)

    Years and years ago I read a poem that I thought was written by Bukowski. Around mid-length, it's theme was somethng like. They're gonna win. The bastards win every time. We're gonna' lose. We're always gonna lose.
    Does anyone else remember this one?

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  • Faraz(6/11/2018 1:08:00 AM)

    You visited a Hunter place

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  • foley(5/26/2018 10:49:00 PM)

    one great mess because of advts

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Best Poem of Charles Bukowski

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
to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'
and she was right: it's better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, ...

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