Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Poems

1. A 340 Dollar Horse And A Hundred Dollar Whore 3/31/2010
2. Beasts Bounding Through Time 3/19/2016
3. The Great Escape 4/5/2016
4. No help for that 4/27/2015
5. For The Foxes 11/26/2014
6. On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists 1/13/2015
7. The Last Days Of The Suicide Kid 1/14/2015
8. My Cats 1/8/2015
9. Hell Is A Lonely Place 2/9/2015
10. Trollius And Trellises 3/31/2010
11. The Trash Men 3/31/2010
12. air and light and time and space 2/10/2016
13. German 3/31/2010
14. The Japanese Wife 3/31/2010
15. I Am Visited By An Editor And A Poet 3/31/2010
16. Goading The Muse 3/31/2010
17. So You Want To Be A Writer 3/23/2015
18. New Mexico 1/13/2003
19. Gas 3/31/2010
20. The German Hotel 1/3/2003
21. Out Of The Arm Of One Love... 1/13/2003
22. Revolt In The Ranks 1/13/2003
23. Poem For My 43rd Birthday 1/13/2003
24. Magical Mystery Tour 1/3/2003
25. Crucifix In A Deathhand 3/31/2010
26. Marina 1/13/2003
27. My Computer 1/3/2003
28. Poetry Reading 1/13/2003
29. One Thirty-Six A.M. 1/3/2003
30. Now 1/13/2003
31. Hemingway Never Did This 3/31/2010
32. The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth 1/13/2003
33. This 1/13/2003
34. The Laughing Heart 12/30/2013
35. The Retreat 1/13/2003
36. Mama 1/13/2003
37. The Sun Wields Mercy 1/1/2004
38. Paris 1/3/2003
39. No. 6 1/13/2003
40. My Friend, The Parking Lot Attendant 1/3/2003

Comments about Charles Bukowski

  • 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?

  • Faraz (6/11/2018 1:08:00 AM)

    You visited a Hunter place

  • foley (5/26/2018 10:49:00 PM)

    one great mess because of advts

  • C.J. R (4/11/2018 9:18:00 AM)

    To Mar Mad, the poem you called Go all the way is titled The Laughing Heart in this list

  • Mar Mad Mar Mad (8/12/2017 6:10:00 PM)

    Why this one's not included in his poem list?

    Go all the way - Charles Bukowski

    “If you're going to try, go all the way.

    Otherwise, don't even start.

    This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. I

    t could mean not eating for three or four days.

    It could mean freezing on a park bench.

    It could mean jail.

    It could mean derision.

    It could mean mockery- isolation.

    Isolation is the gift.

    All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.

    And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.

    And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

    If you're going to try, go all the way.

    There is no other feeling like that.

    You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.

    You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.

    It's the only good fight there is.”

  • Nick Kler Nick Kler (3/3/2017 10:36:00 AM)

    @Georgios Venetopoulos
    Poetry is beyond any religion or a language. It has no language or boundaries, yet, it speaks to your soul. Intoxication or sobriety are just your current state of mind. Poetry comes from some far and forgotten land. I just never could understand those that love to criticize, just for the sake of it. Something in his writings pulled you here, made you stay, had you spend time writing No matter how positive or negative because that don't matter. The fact is that he pulled you towards himself, had you spend time, reading him and writing about him. He succeeded in his quest....

  • Alix Mangerian Alix Mangerian (1/5/2017 2:48:00 PM)

    The criticism of Bukowski made me laugh. It rather reminded me of Samuel Johnson criticizing the metaphysical poets: Make sense, dammit!

    Thanks for brightening my day!

  • Georgios Venetopoulos Georgios Venetopoulos (7/13/2016 12:35:00 AM)

    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.

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain Is It Poetry James Mclain (6/6/2016 6:20:00 PM)

    Dirty Dog - Poem by Is It Poetry

    His dirty dog kept
    moving on.
    Pissing on what he liked,
    but never owned.
    He knows they won't
    like it either.
    So they throw it out.
    A dog, 'Bukowski' owned.

    Is It Poetry

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
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, ...

Read the full of A Smile To Remember

What A Writer

what i liked about e.e. cummings
was that he cut away from
the holiness of the
and with charm
and gamble
gave us lines
that sliced through the

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