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Poems deal with writing, death and immortality, literature, city life, illness, war, and the past.
Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 31st 2002 by Ecco (first published January 1st 1992)
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Mark William Jackson
Bukowski's best. At the end of a rough road, two years before his death, two years after stopping drinking under Doctor's orders, the old man is left with just his thoughts and realises

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in th...more
Anne Nikoline
Sep 07, 2012 Anne Nikoline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every human being
Recommended to Anne Nikoline by: study buddies
The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski is without doubt one of the best modern poetry books I have ever read in twenty years of existing. His way with words is very complicated to get around, but once the reader breaks his many linguistic codes, the reader enters a world of... I am not even sure how to describe it.

Bukowski's understanding of the world, is rather rare yet both dark and poetic in a way very few can handle the way he does it. He manage to describe feelings, rather c...more
Jonfaith
Le Tigre had a great song titled Mediocrity Rules. A poet loaned me this book. I don't think he liked Bikini Kill. Sometimes I think about Bono and Sean Penn calling Bukowski and I die a little inside. For a number of reasons.
Kathryn
Unless I remember incorrectly, this was the final book Bukowski published before he passed away. I was very interested in getting my hands in it, in the hopes that something extra would be revealed. Silly, now that I have read the book. The poems were much like his past poems. The topics were mostly the same, though certain trends (his father, remembering his early years, former landladies, bars, classical music, and observations of the everyday and struggling human) were evident more than I hav...more
Thom
Mar 14, 2010 Thom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Thom by: God
Shelves: poetry-general
This was the first of Bukowski's works I encountered.

I was skipping English class to read in the library about Hemingway and Fitzgerald. I had loaded my arms with books about them and their relationship and while I walked back to the area I was sitting, I shot out my hand randomly and picked a book from the shelves. Not knowing what it was, what it was named, who wrote it, just for the hell of it. As soon as I sat down I opened to the first page and began reading the first poem. It was magic. Th...more
Madeleine
I knew from the very first page that Charles Bukowski is what I've spent my entire life looking for in a poet. His slice-of-life poems, be they three lines or three pages, are so raw, so simple yet so significant, that they're so perfectly representational of the embittered writer who has both no patience for bullshit and miles upon miles of talent.

The word choice, construction and basic subject matter (usually a fleeting moment from Bukowski's life that would have been rendered trite and self-...more
Paula
I have friends that read this book, and because of it, think he's a lousy poet.

I am quick to remind them that this was written by an old man at the end of his days, and given the context, I think it's a great book.

His perspective and the voice he writes with in this anthology of poems is very telling of the context. I won't deny that there are some poems that kind of suck, but hey, he's DYING! No time to revise and rewrite, labor over every letter and comma...he had to get that shit out and let...more
Jerry Ghazali
Berasa kagum dengan Charles Bukowski yang memilih untuk lebih selesa melawan resmi keuzuran, walau batin terbatas, zahirnya cenderung untuk semakin produktif dalam penulisan. Baginya, tiket-tiket nafas yang semakin bersisa menuju detik keberangkatan pergi tanpa kembali dari dunia yang hina ini perlu diekploitasi sepenuhnya dengan hamburan perasaan getusan keegoan berupa sumpah seranah, kekecewaan dan kesedihan akan dunia fana yang bukan baqa ini.

Bukowski tidak pernah skeptikal dengan kematian se...more
Stephanie
I was standing at a bookstore during the Christmas season, looking for something else entirely when I spotted this book. I had dabbled in Bukowski previously, saw some flicks on him, and felt rather ambiguously about his slurring drunk face and unmemorable words.
Until I opened this book. I don't know what compelled me, but it was one of those moments in a book lover's life.
It was a reprieve. The hustle of the Holidays ceased to exist, the jostling crowd melting away as I read, standing there i...more
Brandon
Superior book of poems, although the fat could've been trimmed. "Dinner, 1933" made me laugh out loud, while "The Aliens" exhibited Bukowski's awareness of class issues. Also in this book are the Bukowski classics "We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain" and the powerful "Dinosauria, We." I have a long list of favorites from this collection: "The Man with Beautiful Eyes," "The Lady and the Mountain Lion," "Hold On, It's a Belly Laugh," "8 Count," "The Soldier, His Wife and the Bum," "Bona...more
Greg
While sitting at the DMV this morning I read a few lines, then looked up to notice a couple arguing with a clerk about license plates. The man was black and had thin, long dreadlocks. The woman wore a pink T-shirt and white draw-string pants which revealed her blue polka-dot underwear. As the disagreement continued her hips and cheeks swayed as she changed positions. Her butt talked a language all its own. Just another Thursday morning at the DMV. If Hank was there he would have stared just like...more
Conor Walsh


Pure and simple Bukowski at his finest, every word in this collection of his later poems will read like it was written in your soul. A perfect place to start if you are thinking of getting into Buk's work. You will spend hours looking over and over this book. My favorite poem would have to be 'bluebird' it sent tingles down my spine as I read such brilliance. A great life and another amazing book from America's greatest poet in my opinion.
Kerry
I love Bukowski's writing style and material, and his voice throughout it - true and honest with his cynical realism mixed in. Of many poets of that time he's certainly one of my favorites and I feel like I'm constantly feeling the need to mark every other poem (if not every one) as one to come back to later.
Rosario
One of Grandad Bukowski's best; as most fans know this is Buk's last book of poetry and prose before his death: recollecting life at the ripe-old age, still with the never dying witty, sometimes humorous and sometimes punch-you in the gut- emotion perhaps the way only Bukowski could curate. Bukowski's penchant for the magnificent revelry of the inevitable death-bed that awaits all of us, human encounter, undying-love, and dying whore-love toward his widow Jane, and the whores that flooded his po...more
Mat
I really want to give this book three and a half stars and I must make a disclaimer. As an aspiring poet myself, I am both a harsher critic of poetic works than prose but also more sympathetic to their cause and 'pain' at getting each poem's word choice, flow (line breaks, spacing on the page etc.) and impact just right.

The Last Night of the Earth Poems (by the way great title for a book! as are most of Bukowski's books....)is simply too good for me to dish out a mere three stars. There really a...more
Eikman
As with all of Bukowski's poetry compilations, it has its ups and downs. Thankfully, there appear to be more of the former. As the title suggests, most of the poems were probably written towards the end of Bukowski's life, and deal with impending death, but also offer reflections upon a remarkable life and career. Needless to say, there are the usual rantings about horse races, women and drinking, but also a couple of really reflective and remarkably quiet poems too, including a touching acknowl...more
Gene Wagendorf III
Sep 25, 2007 Gene Wagendorf III rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone sick of purple prose and flowery metaphor
Shelves: poetry
When Bukowski gets it right it's more right that just about anyone else can get it. There are some unspectacular poems in this collection, but the standouts are so very worth the price of admission. Buk, to me, is always at his best when dealing with the concept of death. He does this brilliantly in novel form with Pulp, and in poetry Buk manages to express a concerned apathy. That is, he seems to have reconciled his own demise, to have accepted it, and at the same time he is burdened by what he...more
Katrine
I've always liked Bukowski, I only read his books when it's summer because that's how they make me feel. Bright and alive with a hint of agony.
Blaine Engeland
I love owning this book. It has stains on the cover, tears and creases on every other page. It has served as a plate, a hard surface to roll cigs, a surface to write on, and a coaster. More importantly it's main function, obviously, is for it to be read, and that it truly has. It sits on my coffee table all welcoming. Everyone who has ever sat down on my couch has picked it up and paged through it and found themselves a poem that they will carry with them forever. Some of the words make you die...more
Claudia Larissa
Bukowski eras un genio, me encanta su prosa y lo depresivos que son sus poemas. Me encantó este piro desde la primera página, si ven mi copia, está llena de separadores<334
Hakim
Published two years prior to his death, The Last Night of the Earth Poems collects some of the best musings of Mr. Charles Bukowski.

The melancholic tone of the poems tugs at the reader's heartstrings as Bukowski recounts childhood memories and past experiences. He shares his opinions on music, literature and being a writer with great maturity, bleak humor, pragmatism and an acute sense of confrontation with the world - which is one of the things I enjoy the most in his writings.
Charles Bukowsk...more
Kara
This a beautiful book of later Bukowski poems, very readable and the perfect collection to bring on vacation or a long bus trip. I recommend this book with another called "Permanent Obscurity" by Richard Perez, who writes like Bukowski and shares similar themes.
Paul
Damn it, Bukowski. Why did you go off and die on us when we need you the most in days like these?

This is a brilliant work... So much better than the academic trash being published today.

How I wish you were here.
Quincy
Hank is honest. With his writing there is never a veil, it resonates on a human level. The writing in Last Night of the Earth Poems is personal and capable of eliciting very real emotions from the reader.
Michael X
Buk is old and wise in this last book of poetry before his death. Includes many great poems including "The Bluebird" and "Dinosauria, We". A compelling read and highly recommended.
Ashleigh
Not only one of my favourite authors but, if at all possible without meeting someone, one of my favourite ever people. Bukowski just comes across as someone I would have loved to observe. I think people make silly judgements about him based on the fact that he was a drinker and a womaniser but I think he had a whole lot more than that going on. His poetry is so brutally honest and speaks to me on a much deeper level than the more mainstream, lauded over poets ever will. He is such an incredibly...more
Will
I've read probably 3/4ths of his books and rated my favorite 4 or so. This probably being the best and one of the last ones he published before he died.
Jon Heppner


What a hard, broken and beautiful writer! So sensitive and calloused. A man who articulates the darkness with light fingers.
Jesper Sorensen
a nice collection of poems, from the old master. Diveded into 4 sections, clearly diffrent in style, so you don't get overloaded.
Robert
The Bukowski collection to own.
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands...more
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