Feb 27, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bukowski, you miserable bastard, I found you on a shelf in a thrift shop. You would have found that appropriate, if it weren't for the fact that you were nestled beside a volume of Hemingway, whom you professed to scorn but I think you really envied his easy success, the profits that eluded you for so many years. Hemingway stayed on the shelf, but you came home with me so I could have a look to see what makes you tick. At the time you penned most of the poems in this book you were about my age, a Bukowski, you miserable bastard, I found you on a shelf in a thrift shop.
At the time you penned most of the poems in this book you were about my age, and we are so alike in temperament that I found myself disliking you. Don't take it personally, but there can only be one misanthrope at a time in the room. I pay the mortgage, so you have to go. Your poems at this stage lack the fire of youth, I'm seeing resignation and acceptance here.
Some passages seem to convey a sense of dread: P I gotta admit, Charlie, that one gave me a little chill. But most of all, and very puzzling to me, is that your work seems to express a distaste for your fellow man paradoxically matched with a sense of loneliness.
You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense Quotes (showing of ) “Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry.”. tags: bukowski, death, life, love, poem, poetry, regret, regrets, truth. Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to.
A case in point from Page I gotta say, Charles, that I usually don't finish a book of poetry so quickly. And I seldom like so much of what I've read.
At the time you penned most of the poems in this book you were about my age, and we are so alike in temperament that I found myself disliking you. They have an easy, conversational style that creates a sense of intimacy between the author and the reader, but as often as not they're just little non Bukowski reminds me of this character from Naked Lunch who refused to edit anything that he ever wrote because the spontaneity of raw poetry, even--or especially--when it was crap made it the essence of true art. Jan 19, Aad rated it really liked it Shelves: This wasn't so much piss and beer and swearing as it was reflection and thoughts on writing and spurts of darkly humorous observation and, yes, there still are homages to the race track, drunken nights and loose women to give it that brand of Buk's I-don't-know-what. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I would include the poem here but sadly it is too long and I think it is best left as a wonderful surprise for those who end up reading this collection. If I have to describe how I felt reading this, it'll probably go like this:
Your book will never see another thrift store while I'm alive. After reading this book I was inspired to write this poem: Sep 01, Melanie rated it it was ok Shelves: The question I put to every poem - do I believe your truth, do I enjoy your lies? If both answers are a 'no' I'll consider them a stone cold sober waste of time. But let's move on to 'alkies'. I always had a sneaking suspicion that despite the obvious and secret trials and tribulations of being an alcoholic, high functioning or otherwise alcoholics are out there having so much more fun than I and additionally gaining great material and inspiration for that book, poem, song, film project.
That The question I put to every poem - do I believe your truth, do I enjoy your lies? That's one of a myriad of excuses as to why I'm not being more creative - I'm simply not drunk enough. For any goodreaders and alcoholics who elect to be offended, note my joking tone. According to some of the poems here 'alkies' are akin to sullen teenagers dropping 'whatever' bombs before that slam of the door.
There's a lot of too-cool-for-school shoulder shrugging, grunting, angst, road rage altercations and 'so it goes' kind of stuff that bores me a little - almond slivers of bravado going down sour. A few poems snapped me out of the inertia: Back to truth and lies, the poetry is believable and real, but I wasn't inspired or entertained.
Dec 18, Edward Goetz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love the fact that Bukowski, even after winning fame, stayed so true to himself, and remained living where he always did: It makes everything he writes so much more real; a perspective so many of us don't ever experience. But for all that, his poetry still applies to so many of us, no matter where we live, or how much money we make. His wry observations on the modern world always ring true, making sure we always remember we all put ou I love the fact that Bukowski, even after winning fame, stayed so true to himself, and remained living where he always did: His wry observations on the modern world always ring true, making sure we always remember we all put our pants on one leg at a time.
Feb 25, M. Lots of people think that Bukowski's later work is less immediate and raw and powerful - after he found some commercial success mainly in Europe - than his earlier work. They ask "why don't you keep writing about drinking and fighting in alleys and sleeping with prostitutes? To them, it felt more "real".
But I like the later stuff. It moves with more confidence and less self-awareness. I always got the sense that too many of his earlier experiences were experienced with exactly the self-satis Lots of people think that Bukowski's later work is less immediate and raw and powerful - after he found some commercial success mainly in Europe - than his earlier work. I always got the sense that too many of his earlier experiences were experienced with exactly the self-satisfied knowledge that "at least it will make for a good poem".
The later stuff feels more immediate, to me, simply because it is less reflexively self-aware. Instead, I find the later poems more intentional, more reflexive, and less formulaic. Though understanding it well requires a reading of the earlier, meaner work - this is my favorite of the Bukowski poetry collections I've read so far.
Jul 18, Kerstin rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite collections of poetry. Charles Bukowski led a pretty rough life he was an unapologetic, womanizing, violent drunk which is reflected in his work. Some of his pieces are coarse, lewd, and downright graphic.
But amongst all of the chaos and drunkeness he will write something beautiful and poignant, which seems even more so in contrast to then violent and lacivious poems around it. And that's kind of what poetry is, isn't it? Finding something beautiful in the everyday.
For whatever reason, this does it for me.
Jun 05, Katie rated it really liked it. Jun 02, Taylor Quinn rated it it was amazing. Apr 12, Andy Carrington rated it it was amazing. The book that re-defined poetry for me. Feb 21, Anna rated it liked it.
Some Bukowski poems were amazing, some were good, some were disgusting, some were bad, some didn't make any sense, some were heartbreaking and some just touched my hearts. All in all I enjoyed this book and would give it a 3. May 20, Gorfo rated it really liked it Shelves: I would never want Bukowski for a friend. He's the friend that gets slobbering drunk at the party.
The friend who rails and rails for hours about some nonsense that nobody wants to listen to.
He's the one who ruins the carpet that's been in the family for generations- the one that your great-great grandmother wove with her bare hands- and he doesn't apologize for it. He's never the friend you look to for advice, or the friend that you would ever share a drink with when you were in a happy mood, b I would never want Bukowski for a friend. He's never the friend you look to for advice, or the friend that you would ever share a drink with when you were in a happy mood, but he's the friend that you go to when you want to let yourself wallow a little, when you're not against feeling a little bit of self-pity, when an emotional catharsis is the only thing that can save you.
Bukowski is truly vulgar and cynical. I loved this book.
Whatever it was, it was real. Jan 05, Danielle rated it it was amazing. I loved Bukowski in high school, haven't picked him up since then, but the purposeful coarseness, the rough exterior hiding vulnerable loneliness, the delight in being offensive His poetry is so much better than his prose, this collection is my favorite. Aug 18, Igrowastreesgrow rated it really liked it Shelves: I either felt like telling him off or I really liked the poem. He seemed to have a lot of feelings in this collection.
The feeling, to me, was that he was just letting everything out. He also seemed to have no problem with people leaving how he thought. Oct 24, Rebekah Gordon rated it it was ok Shelves: Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Alistair Te ariki Campbell. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.
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