Charles Bukowski

(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Charles Bukowski Poems

121. The House 1/13/2003
122. The Icecream People 1/13/2003
123. The Japanese Wife 3/31/2010
124. The Last Days Of The Suicide Kid 1/14/2015
125. The Laughing Heart 12/30/2013
126. The Lucky Ones 1/3/2003
127. The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth 1/13/2003
128. The Night I Was Going To Die 1/13/2003
129. The Retreat 1/13/2003
130. The Shoelace 4/28/2011
131. The Shower 1/13/2003
132. The Sun Wields Mercy 1/1/2004
133. The Trash Men 3/31/2010
134. The Worst And The Best 1/13/2003
135. These Things 1/1/2004
136. This 1/13/2003
137. Three Oranges 1/13/2003
138. To The Whore Who Took My Poems 1/13/2003
139. Trapped 1/13/2003
140. Trashcan Lives 1/13/2003
141. Trollius And Trellises 3/31/2010
142. True 1/13/2003
143. True Story 1/13/2003
144. We Ain'T Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain 1/13/2003
145. What A Writer 1/1/2004
146. What Can We Do? 1/13/2003
147. Whats The Use Of A Title? 1/1/2004
148. Working Out 1/13/2003
149. Writing 1/13/2003
150. Yes Yes 1/13/2003
151. Young In New Orleans 1/3/2003

Comments about Charles Bukowski

  • Bryan Alexander (10/19/2009 10:58:00 PM)

    tonight I drink for you.... thanks henry...

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  • Davide Nardi (3/27/2009 10:35:00 AM)

    BU Today wrote a wonderful ode to the master of poets:

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  • Doren Robbins Doren Robbins (12/13/2008 5:19:00 PM)

    From: “Drinking Wine In The Slaughterhouse With Septuagenarian Stew.” Read the entire essay at Click under ESSAYS.

    Bukowski’s poems are capable of unpretentiously relating insight with unglamorous epiphanies about the involuntary effects of difficult, unavoidable circumstances that happen in life; some celebrating the experience with humility. Humility that enhances literary style is rare; few writers contain the talent. To survive without adding to the horror is sometimes the best we can do; it is at least an effort that makes sense as a starting point. There is courage, discipline, and cunning in the effort. Finally, what remains after a poet’s survival, which is not an inconsequential matter in our culture—is the art. In the art of Bukowski the most central theme, both comically and tragically, is simply the passion to exist, to take it as it comes and recount what it was all about, and, paradoxically, the butchery done to that passion, and the butchery endured, by humans.

    Doren Robbins,

  • Peter Stavropoulos Peter Stavropoulos (11/19/2008 5:51:00 PM)

    There's no escaping it, Bukowski was a genius.

  • Gaitty Ara (9/15/2008 2:44:00 AM)

    A strange poem. if one wants to call it so.. but touching indeed

  • Kacie Cal (6/28/2006 12:54:00 PM)

    ya i love bukowski! ! ! did you know that they are turning Factotum into a movie pretty soon? i think mid august- apperently its soundtrack kicks butt too!

  • Sinking Feeling (6/21/2006 12:33:00 PM)

    Does anyone have news or reviews from the Factotum movie?

  • Neil Gray (6/3/2006 2:45:00 AM)

    Thank you Henry...........

  • Shannon R. Ouellette (2/22/2006 7:29:00 PM)

    this man is amazing, really. im porbably a lot younger then many people who admire this guy but seriously... hes so... i dont know, buddy neilson from senses fail got me interested in him.

  • Jon Edward (11/7/2005 4:53:00 PM)

    Quite possible the second most profound sexual predator of the 20th century. Jon

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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