Charles Bukowski


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He is real russian man

>>By hobo   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

liked the poems, loved the movie

>>By dickins   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

one of charle's books started out with "I woke up and puked into a cup of coffee". I liked that.

>>By dougy   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

Charles Bukowski was a great writer. It's nice to hear someone speak the truth without giving a damn what people thought or said. It's raw and in your face, very thought provoking.

>>By Candee   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

I'm from Italy so sorry for my terrible english:)
I like Bukowski very much and I'm looking for "roll the dice" in mp3. I'd like very very very much listen to the voice of Bukowski who reads this poetry. Can you help me? Probably you can find it inside " What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire" but I'm not sure.
My address is :
thank you very much:)

>>By Elisabetta   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

BARFLY'S on dvd

>>By mad dog   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

"Barfly" is a real bad one because of his filthy main character. That man is one of the worst actors I've ever seen in my life. It's a pity that a great writer as Bukowski hasn't a better biopic.

>>By Frank Seigal   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

Ham on Rye is the next best thing to Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. It's more colorful in plot, but I'll always love Catcher better!! I'm inclined to read more books by Charles Bukowski.

>>By thatkillsme   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

charles bukowski is some kind of god

>>By blow joe   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:56)

Bukowski has been a great insperation to us all. Its hard to put into words exactally what he is, but its somewhere inbetween poet, writer, and God!

>>By James   (Tuesday, 4 Feb 2003 04:47)

well ive been reading ham on rye and factotum. now i have a major project on these books and i really need help i.e. the theme of these books. pls help!!! email me

>>By nessa   (Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 17:18)

Charles, you gave me lots of energy with your books when I need more. Rest in peace, you are really a great writer for me.

>>By By ANIL   (Saturday, 29 Mar 2003 19:05) can be the most depressed and stressed man in the world...but after reading some of Bukowsky masterpiece you suddenly say : FUCK IT AND LET'S GO TO DRINK SOME GOOD WINE...Regards from Poland, Wroclaw :-)

>>By Dylu   (Friday, 11 Apr 2003 11:54)

women was the first book i read .now i´m begining south of no north. i wish there were more in portuguese...well, i have the good wine. cheers,buck

>>By sarol   (Sunday, 13 Apr 2003 14:24)

a good one

one of the best american writers

>>By víctor   (Monday, 21 Apr 2003 03:23)

if mr bush did like our hero chinaski and didnt stop drinking and going hoes we wouldnt be in sucha fuck place.buksowky your language is international¡¡god bless the drinks
and the sex¡

>>By charlinaski   (Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003 03:40)

vivió como quiso y no le fue del todo mal. Me alegro de que fuera libre.

>>By fernando   (Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 23:08)

buk would laugh at all of us for the praise we give him. but i raise my glass to him tonight anyway. thank god for the inspiration found in madness.

>>By mikey   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 01:02)

Good for perpetuating high school/middle school angst. Bukwoski's writing is often akin to a prolonged, temper tantrum about absolutely nothing. He'll be forgotten in 50 years.

>>By Oscar H   (Friday, 2 May 2003 18:42)

how can you go another day and worry about love after reading "Fuck" (from "love is a dog from hell")? if he/ she will not call you call back, then go ahead and get some more wine, and forget him/her....cheers!

>>By eyram   (Wednesday, 4 Jun 2003 00:28)

he was what it meant to be staring at the sun.

>>By shikster   (Saturday, 5 Jul 2003 04:52)

i hate buk.there just isnt much left to be said after buk.i've given up my notions of being a writer,and decided to just stay stoned and drunk till i meet my end and can ask god 'what the fuck were you thinking'

>>By goddog   (Friday, 3 Oct 2003 21:39)

All of Buk is great but does anybody else agree that he really hit his stride in the last few years of his life.

>>By procrastinator   (Thursday, 13 Nov 2003 20:10)

I do think his last book (Sifting Through the Madness)was rather remarkable, less about fighting his own literary demons, more about his life and him.Maybe its an old age thing, but he seems for comfortable to be himself.

>>By Dafstar   (Friday, 14 Nov 2003 19:00)

Buk's poems over the last 10 years were like heatseeking missiles . You could try to dodge them but they hit the mark everytime.But my favorite stuff is the short fiction he wrote in the 60's and 70's .His typewriter was a machinegun with which he strafed the system. Shakespeare never did that.

>>By goddog   (Saturday, 15 Nov 2003 08:51)

For anybody who's read Joseph Campbell, I can't think of anyone who personifies the hero's adventure and following his bliss more than Bukowski. Now if I could just do the same damnit!

>>By procrastinator   (Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003 17:31)

My experience with people who do not like Bukowski is one of not having read enough Bukowski to get him. Sure, we all either love or hate his cursing rants, but he was so much more than his public persona.

I posted a number of poems in a writers' group I belong to that has some serious, published poets who are Buk haters. Some of these folks are award winning poets. They loved the poems. In fact, they became quite annoyed that they had given the poems such high marks once they discovered they were written by Bukowski.

The problem with dogmatic thinking about the "high art" of poetry is that once we identify too strongly our own orthodoxy it becomes the weight that sinks our willingness to examine ideas, etc., for truth. We come too prepared with backsacks burdened with our own literary fundamentalism and then all truth and examination is stifled.

I think a lot of the bukowski-bashing revolves around two issues: First, the obvious vile nature of SOME of his poems...the ones that made him most famous. Second, the fact that he scoffed at the puppy mill of academic poets who write with little heart and lots of mechanical skill. They can build a race car but continue to crash it on the track.

Bukowski was much better, in my opinion, in his last few books. If one finds on artistic value in Bukowski at all, then not enough has been read. I HATED Bukw when I first enocuntered his work. I hated it for its sensationalism...then I read more and more and more and came to the belief that he was, in his heart, a tender man---a man unable to face all the ferocities of life without suffering.

>>By Al C   (Sunday, 30 Nov 2003 14:28)

People who dont like Buk are people who dont take risks,people who swallow the pap they've been fed without chewing it to see if there is value in it , who must protect their fragile ,pathetic and precious weltanshaung because it is all that stands between them and the abyss. In other words , the blind which most need his vision.

>>By goddog   (Monday, 1 Dec 2003 07:11)

goddog, while I can't say that your statement is universally true, I can say it is universally true concerning everyone I know who does not like Buk.

Good poetry of all kinds should tell us what's inside the subject, throwing light on all manner of things. Bukowski does that as well as anyone.

>>By Al C   (Wednesday, 3 Dec 2003 21:49)

Al C and Goddog -- good show gentlemen. but my take on buk is a little shorter in words...

There are many beautiful people
who say
many ugly things.
Bukowski was just the

>>By modest2afault   (Wednesday, 24 Dec 2003 14:11)

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