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If I say it, it doesn’t matter because Jean Genet has already said it and he’s Jean Genet- thief and playwright.

Want to Read saving…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I bu,owski had any real troubles in my life.

The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski

At the forefront of American counter-culture, his Beat Generation writing is widely celebrated. However, there’s some new stuff too – some of the material was first published here, and its covers contain a sizable amount of the great poet’s work between his early, formative years and his final days, dying of leukemia after a lifetime of heavy drinking.

This is gutpunch stuff. The transition of his poems of mocking life to being sad about not living life more, enlightened some of my approaches to living. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In his work, Charles Bukowski creates a dystopia without an apocalypse.

Edited by John Martin, the legendary publisher of Black Sparrow Press and a close friend of Bukowski’s, The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best works from Bukowski’s long poetic career, including the last of his never-before-collected poems. Celebrating the full range of the poet’s extraordinary sensibility and his uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a lifetime of experience, from his renegade early work to never-before-collected poems penned during the final days before his death.


The man is not a misogynist. My previous exposure to Charles Bukowski has been an isolated poem or two shared by friends. Selected by John Martin, Bukowski’s long-time editor and the publisher of the legendary Black Sparrow Press, this stands as what Martin calls ‘the best of the best of Bukowski’. Well Mister B I want to thank you and tell you that you were deserving of the life you got to lead in the end even if it was a struggle to get there, because your poems wouldn’t be the same without those downs.

But the awkward and unmotivated line breaks drove me up the friggin wall sometimes. For the most part, I was disappointed. I say, I know that you’re there, so don’t be sad. But is it good? Dialogue Tips on technique 5: He grew up in Los Angeles and lived there for the majority of his life.

His poetry has allowed me to connect in a way no other poet has.

If you’re in to poetry, odds are that you’ve read one of their books. I am glad that beings like you have existed and have breathed a breath of fresh air into verse. A selection of the best poetry from America’s most iconic and imitated poet, Charles Bukowski. Publishing his work first as Black Sparrow Press and since it closed infor Ecco. It is a dystopia, to me.

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Plot Tips on technique 6: As Bukowski demonstrates time and time again, at least in his writing, poetry is for the desperate, dissatisfied, and those full of disillusion. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. Apr 28, Shruti Ramanujam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 01, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: His language is so o and raw and times that no blade could cut any deeper.


He was never on some high horse like most people I come across eamned literary circles. He is a philogynist. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles.

My favorite poem so far: Damn you, Bukowski, why you so good? I read nearly all of this on the toilet. Refresh and try again.

Pointlessly, and to excess. There is only one other author who can do the things to my head and heart that Bukowski does, and that is Raymond Carver. The Pleasures of the Damned ist now my favourite Bukowski poetry collection. He loved what he loved and he wanted nothing but to get by. I don’t know about bukoweki life.

The Pleasures of the Damned

Collected Poems T. Maybe he finds a whore with a heart of gold but probably not. You read a poem, ruminate on it for a few hours, and bukoowski then move on to the next one.

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