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another comeback

climbing back up out of the ooze, out of
the thick black tar,
rising up again, a modern
Lazarus.
you're amazed at your good
fortune.
somehow you've had more
than your share of second
chances.
hell, accept it.
what you have, you have.
you walk and look in the bathroom
mirror
at an idiot's smile.
you know your luck.
some go down and never climb back up.
something is being k
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ecco (first published January 3rd 2006)
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Jacob J.
Opening thoughts concerning this collection:

I wonder what this unpublished archive Bukowski left behind looks like. Do you suppose there was a filing system, or a cache? Or was everything scattered about on the floor, beer and wine stains and cigarette ash obscuring words, a few pages stuck in cracks of his desk, maybe a lingering poem up on a blade of the rickety ceiling fan (which was still softly rotating)?

These are ‘new poems’, but everything is new when it is first written. I don’t know ov
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Jonathan C.
THE most wonderful poems about the shitiest shit i've ever read, EVER.
Morgan
i was really hesitant to read this since i had tried his novels a few times and quickly gave up. i enjoyed most of this poetry book though, different from the feminist fiction that i had been emerged for the latter half of 2014, there is something that does feel very meaningful and poignant in these poems. even if you can't find the meaningful parts, or find it the opposite, then a lot of it quick, witty and sharply written
Wendy
May 13, 2008 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Wendy by: Paul Grimsley
Shelves: poetry-prose
Someone told me once that all modern poetry was a rip off of Bukowski. What he meant was the short line style that Buk uses, but I was unaware that while at the time I was writing in a similar short line style, who Buk was.

I was handed this book upon leaving a writers retreat in Missouri, and enjoyed a lot of it in the airport, but concluded finally that Buk was basically a gambler, a drunk, and had never been pleased by a woman.

Though Buk does have some bitterly funny lines, I wouldn't chalk
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Jill
I read some of this and really liked it. I need to read more. His poetry never fails to point out some normal everyday truth that needed to be pointed out.
Kate
Anyone who can turn drunken, disgruntled, cynical outburts into poetry gets 5 stars in my mind.
Andrew
More great Bukowski
Favorite was No Leaders, Please
NEED to read some more.
Robert Beveridge
Charles Bukowski, Come on In!: New Poems (Ecco, 2006)

The more of Buk's posthumous poetry I read, the more I wonder why anyone buys it. I've long held the hypothesis that he published the best bits while he was still alive (and really, let's face it, Bukowski's pinnacle as a poet came during the sixties and early seventies, after which he spent more time working on, and improving, his prose style), and what was left over was meant solely as a moneymaking scheme; he did, after all, realize that he
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Steven
One of the five volumes of posthumous "new poems" published by Ecco. As with much of his work published in his lifetime, calling a lot of these pieces poems is laughable. The vast majority are prose pieces chopped up with line breaks. Not that that matters with the best of them. Bukowski had a natural storytelling gift and inserting linebreaks and calling them poems doesn't change that. Maybe if he were alive and writing now he'd dispense with the linebreaks and be our most prolific flash fictio ...more
Patrick
I read this entire book in one sitting (which isnt that remarkable considering its a book of poetry). Bukowski goes from a hilarious rant about early morning phone calls to dark, visceral descriptions of drunken self-loathing and depression. What I particularly like about Bukowski is his ablilty to give a voice to that mean, bitter, snarky little bastard that lives inside your head (OK, maybe he just lives in my head). The bitterness is just enough to make you pucker and recoil but he somehow av ...more
Nidhi
It was my first Bukowksi poetry book I've read although I had read a few of his poems before. I think it's the last one he wrote before his death, but I could be wrong. To be honest, I'm not fully sure what I thought of it - I love his style of writing, it's so effortless and disarrayed like thoughts are, yet I wasn't fully satisfied. I felt like there should've been more in some poems (I can't fully explain what I mean by "more," but it's similar to when you have a lot of milk but little cereal ...more
Will
Oct 11, 2007 Will added it
I read Bukowski and Carver all the time. I finish carver and have more bukowski to go. I like him, always. I listen to him and let him read to me. I also read him aloud and get the twists. I like it all. I don't just like early ones and late ones... but I don't care too much for his short stories, and especially not his novels. He's a poet to me. Unless someone has a short story to recommend, I've put them down. don't touch them.

I'm reading this one now. Brough it with me all the way to cairo i
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Ashleigh
Another bukowski book of poetry down & I just cannot tell you how much I love this mans words. This is his later poetry and a lot of it is reflective, on life, mistakes, regrets, and many a thought on death. Because Bukowski was so very aware of his life coming to an end it hits you even harder as a reason and I find myself closing this book with eyes pricked by tears, knowing that he is gone and will no longer fill my life with wonderful, sad and funny words. I find myself childishly wishin ...more
Trina
"We can only blame ourselves so come sit with me in the dark. It's half-past nowhere everywhere."
"The oldest notion still in vogue is that if you can't understand a poem then it almost certainly is a good one."
"& of this i am sure."
"Writing is done one person at a time, one place at a time."
"There's no hell like your own hell and there's nobody else ever to share it with you."
This is where they come for what's left of your soul:
"You will not escape my iron grip and I will escape yours."
My
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Philip Fullmam
The poem Balloons, on page 77, is a perfect example of what I love about poetry, and art as a whole. The poem expresses feelings I have, in a way that I could not have expressed them, and tells me that I am not the only one to ever feel the way I do.
Thomas
I basically rate poetry according to two criteria - first, whether it displays technical skill or a demonstrably impressive use of the language, and second, whether it evokes emotions or resonates with me somehow. I'm afraid that perhaps Mr. Bukowski simply isn't for me.
I admire him, certainly, for his two-fisted subject matter, and there are flashes of poetry that work for me, but they are few and far between. This collection, compiled after his death from notes, feels extremely defensive and
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David Ward
Come On In: New Poems by Charles Bukowski (Harper Collins 2006)(811) - This is a posthumously-published volume of poems that the old man left behind. None of these really speak to me. My rating: 6/10, finished 4/9/14.
Michael
Ideal para leer cuando uno quiere no creer en el amor
O curarse del amor (si es que existe cura -o amor-)
Antidoto contra el amor
Eso es lo que es.
O contra la fe en la especie humana
Contra la literatura elitista
Grito irreverente contra cualquiera
que piense que la poesia tiene que ser complicada
Humor acido, salvaje
Una mirada critica al orden
Elogio del caos
De la soledad
Del sexo y del alcohol
Se lee como quien escucha una cancion
(dura, corta, simple, acida)
No se respetan las metricas
No se respetan la
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Marta Goldar lópez
días inquietos
y
noches
insomnes

siempre peleando
con todo tu
corazón y tu alma
para no
fracasar en
eso de vivir.

¿quien podría
pedir
más?
Marcus
This is the first Bukowski I've read. Would definitely be interested in reading more, especially from his younger era.

The poems are simple and many are written like jokes, with a setup and punchline. Bukowski makes insightful observations on life.
Vinyessa
I think this book, hands down, is the greatest introduction to Charles Bukowski. I believe it was one of his last collection of poems published posthumously. It has a lot of poems from all ages, but I most loved the ones written by him as an older man.

He became much sweeter, his poems were sweeter. I felt this book gave me energy. I read it on my work breaks, and instead of engrossing me for pages at a time, it engaged me only for a moment and then let me go. It felt almost conversational, as i
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Dennis
This is one of Bukowski's last collections (perhaps even published posthumously). I have now read both his first collection (The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills) and this collection, one of his last. I must say that I much prefer the earlier work. This collection is often self-serving and more of a running diary than poetry. However, there are still flashes of brilliance and you can always feel a vitality in his work. I strongly recommend the reading of Bukowski. Just don't start h ...more
reem
in one of the poems in this book, bukowski asks you to please tear a specific page up and not look back. i ripped it in even pieces and kept it between the pages. i gave some bitch this book for her birthday and i'm 100% certain that she hasn't flipped it since. this is literature lost. raw bukowski will always give it to you like it is, so don't be a prude, and let the world speak, ok?
T Allen M
'' Our educational system tells us that we can all be big ass winners''. - The Crunch, Charles Bukowski.

You'll either love Bukowski or you'll deeply despise him.
Book is littered with index markers.
Would describe his poetry as - unconventional, truthful, provocative , funny.
Also recommend watching Barfly to understand Bukowski.
Sabrina
This book of poetry is very different from what I've come to love and expect from Bukowski. Bukowski left this work to be published after his death and it very much feels like it. The whole thing has a sense of finality, that I found to be sad. It reads in a gentler fashion than his prior work, but it is still very much his voice.
Donielle
Many of the pieces are rated R- just be forewarned. I like his style and I am a fan of many of the pieces in this collection, but I was disgusted by far more. I'm a fan of honesty and being "raw"- but, I feel, many of the pieces are disrespectful...in the same way, repeatedly. I give the collection 4 stars up until page 56.
Indira
Feb 29, 2008 Indira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers, poetry lovers,
Recommended to Indira by: hirth martinez
This is a book of poems Charles Bukowski left to be published after his death.

Gotta love Bukowski, even when his writing takes me to the dark dungeons. His last poem in this book, "mind and heart" I love the most - a modern day Rumi! Pure Advaita! So perfect. He ends it:

drink from the well
of your self
and begin
again.
Christopher
Come On In is a lovely addition to the already prolific work of a generations voice. Even if Bukowski was in his grave during the release of this book, a certain amount of him still lives in these (and all of his other) poems.
Bob Hartley
Not really on par with the stuff that was published when he was kicking buckets while he was alive. This probably should have been kept a secret; I feel a bit intrusive reading his posthumous poetry.
Sarah Dunn
This book made me realise that it is possible to enjoy and understand poetry so well done bukowski for making me do something I never thought possible. I really identify with this dude
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“unaccountably we are alone
forever alone
and it was meant to be
that way,
it was never meant
to be any other way–
and when the death struggle
begins
the last thing I wish to see
is
a ring of human faces
hovering over me–
better just my old friends,
the walls of my self,
let only them be there.

I have been alone but seldom
lonely.
I have satisfied my thirst
at the well
of my self
and that wine was good,
the best I ever had,
and tonight
sitting
staring into the dark
I now finally understand
the dark and the
light and everything
in between.

peace of mind and heart
arrives
when we accept what
is:
having been
born into this
strange life
we must accept
the wasted gamble of our
days
and take some satisfaction in
the pleasure of
leaving it all
behind.

cry not for me.

grieve not for me.

read
what I’ve written
then
forget it
all.

drink from the well
of your self
and begin
again.

Mind and Heart”
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“E poi ci sono quelli che
credono che le vecchie relazioni
possano essere rivissute e
fatte nuove.

Ma perfavore
se ti senti in quel modo

non chiamare
non scrivere
non arrivare...”
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