A durable poet, the rarest of all birds, has a unique point of view and the gift of language to express it. The unique point of view can often come from a mental or physical deformity. Deep within us, but also on the surface, is the wounded ugly boy who has never caught an acceptable angle of himself in the mirror. A poet can have a deep sense of himself as a Quasimodo in a world without bells, or as the fine poet Czeslaw Milosz wrote:.
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I bought a book of Charles Bukowski's poems a couple days ago. I've read almost all of them. Some people think the guy's a hero, or an antihero, the quintessential drunk poet.
He's really just a bitter, offensive guy. That isn't to say that he doesn't have a heart or that he's a bad person. He never put himself out to be better than he was. He was never on some high horse like most people I come across in literary circles. He was always honest. And this made his work great. Sometimes people watch movies or read books to experience an event, a time or even a culture they just couldn't otherwise. I can open up The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and visit the mind of a man with locked-in syndrome.
And I can get glimpse at the Hawaii landscape in The Descendants. Charles Bukowski does something a little different. He writes about the ordinary degenerate, the drunk who can't get out of bed in the morning, the yellow-eyed barfly who can't pay up, and the motel hooker who prefers to be known as a "working girl".
I don't know about this life. This culture has never been something that I have been subjected to. I am a straight-laced, teetotaling, money-saving, monogamy-loving, average-endowed young adult male. I have things in my past that can be viewed as depressing but never so much as to call me unfortunate.
In his work, Charles Bukowski creates a dystopia without an apocalypse. It is a dystopia, to me. Lonely smelly diners, one-eyed cats chasing blind mice, husbands of fat wives cheating with even fatter women.
It might sound comic, or dare I say, "poetic" but it happens. I'm not a part o that world. But I wouldn't mind taking a stroll into Bukowski's telling of it. There is something deeply moving about wandering into the bottom of the barrel. Charles Bukowski is overbearingly honest in most of his poetry.
It's hardly ever anything that's very well-written. But it's always honest, always raw. You know, sometimes in a movie a kid mightn't be such a good writer, but he remembers some critical event in his life and reads it before the class and it subsequently met with thunderous applause?
The writing feels like that, to me. Anyone who puts their soul, as filthy as it is, on paper like that deserves the plaudits. I live in a bubble. I haven't had any real troubles in my life. Not yet. I've been reading Charles Bukowski ever since I was a teen. I think I read his work so I can prepare for whatever can come. And when it happens, I can look at it and say, "Well, this is familiar territory.
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Return to Book Page. The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski ,. John Martin Editor. To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon.
A hard-drinking wild man of literature and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers. Edited by John Martin, the legendary publisher of Black To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon.
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.
The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both longtime fans and those just discovering this unique and legendary American voice. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 30th by Ecco first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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See 1 question about The Pleasures of the Damned…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Pleasures of the Damned. Mar 17, Kevin Hosein rated it it was amazing. Sometimes people w I bought a book of Charles Bukowski's poems a couple days ago. View 2 comments. Wow, Charles Bukowski. I'm not even sure where to begin here. I mean, I've read a lot of his poetry from various places in the past, but not as a definitive volume such as this, which is over pages long.
I enjoyed many of these poems, but some, not so much. Reading this volume has given me a real insight into the depressing views that he has with the majority of everything in his life.
We get given a tour, if you like of things that existed in his life, and how exactly he feels about those t Wow, Charles Bukowski. We get given a tour, if you like of things that existed in his life, and how exactly he feels about those things. You really do get the distinct feeling that he feels sorry for himself and honestly, by the end of this book, you'll feel sorry for him too. You realise that Bukowski felt exhausted by humanity itself and really, that got under my skin.
I really understood where he was coming from. I'm not sure whether that was because I read sections of this rather quickly without a pause, or maybe, he just happens to have that effect on his readers.
Bukowski takes a different approach and it works. He tells it like it is unapologetically, throws in a few "fucks" and then wipes the floor with it, and guess what? It sinks in, and it leaves a lasting impression. I will definitely be reading more of Bukowski's works.
View all 3 comments. Aug 31, Swapnil rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , poetry , read-more-than-once , books-relatedmusic-i-like , thestars-are-not-enough-club. Its another end of another week and you are sitting alone at your favorite place overflowing with all those pretty faces..
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I hauled this book along with 3 others last year at a vintage bookstore and got around to reading it just now. To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon. A hard-drinking wild man of literature and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers. The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both longtime fans and those just discovering this unique and legendary American voice.
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I bought a book of Charles Bukowski's poems a couple days ago. I've read almost all of them. Some people think the guy's a hero, or an antihero, the quintessential drunk poet. He's really just a bitter, offensive guy.
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