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Love Is a Dog from Hell

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Poems rising from and returning to Bukowski's personal experiences reflect people, objects, places, and events of the external world, and reflects on them, on their way out and back.
Paperback, First Ecco edition, 312 pages
Published 2003 by Ecco (An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) (first published 1977)
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Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
people are not good to each other.
perhaps if they were
our deaths would not be so sad.

Love him or hate him, Charles Bukowski was a bitter, drunken asshole with a gift for putting onto paper all the ugliness and baseness hiding in the human heart. Before jumping into the discovery and thoughts that are the inspiration for this ramble about the dirty old writer, a few moments should be spent on the actual poetry found in this volume. I’ve always enjoyed the earlier Bukowski, before he became too ja
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Bukowski. Here's a poem.

I don’t know how many bottles of beer
I have consumed while waiting for things
to get better
I don’t know how much wine and whisky
and beer
mostly beer
I have consumed after
splits with women—
waiting for the phone to ring
waiting for the sound of footsteps,
and the phone to ring
waiting for the sounds of footsteps,
and the phone never rings
until much later
and the footsteps never arrive
until much later
when my stomach is coming up
out of my mouth
they arrive as fresh a
Dec 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Don't tell me I don't get it. I know I probably don't. But Jesus Christ, if I have to read one more poem about the women he's screwed and the women who've screwed him, I'm going to start writing my own collection of poetry about the cereal I eat in the morning and try to publish that.

Granted, I am not a great lover of poetry. And I have very low tolerance for people who want to eloquently bemoan about their shitty lives without seemingly caring to get their shit together. Honestly, I'm not reall
Mutasim Billah
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.

I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny

blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny

they are small, and the fountain is in France

where you wrote me that last letter and

I answered and never heard from you again.

you used to write insane poems about

Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing

An Almost Made Up Poem

I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny
blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny
they are small, and the fountain is in France
where you wrote me that last letter and
I answered and never heard from you again.
you used to write insane poems about
ANGELS AND GOD, all in upper case, and you
knew famous artists and most of them
were your lovers, and I wrote back, it’ all right,
go ahead, enter their lives, I’ not jealous
because we’ never met. we got close once in
New Orleans, one half
ميقات الراجحي
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: شعر
Bukowski, the poet that not even translation betrays him, this is how I found Bukowski. An amazing poet that has rich soiled land in which he can plow however he wants according to his rich dictionary, and its enormous space yields him great production, even though some of his writings words isn't taken from old English but rather from modern English or papers English, and he intentionally do so, so he chooses easier words and rather pour his focus on the poetic image.

The loneliness that's cause
Aritry Das
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like beat poetry
Recommended to Aritry by: Atindriyo
Shelves: favorites
You either love Bukowski or you don't. There is no in between these two choices.

Life as we live it - is depicted in his verses like a nude woman, stripped off all covers and ornaments, bared, with all the beauty and ugliness. There's no pretension, there's no guilt, only bare faces with intense eyes of his muses, and objects and every little nice things and dirty stuff, lots of drunkenness and love, in various forms. I love this book of poems and I don't need to say why. You like reading Bukowsk
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading "Love Is a Dog From Hell". The book is lying on the rug and a Guinness is cooling my throat in the warmth of the living room. Only the fading light of the sunset comes through the Venetian blinds.
I type a couple of sentences. Delete them. Try again. Nothing.
I open my Moleskine random-thoughts notebook and read the last entry, in search of inspiration. I wrote it some nights ago, thinking about this book. About the way it was making me feel.

Yeah - love's a dog
A rabid, sna
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, poetry, classics
“Love is kind of like when you see a fog in the morning when you wake up before the sun comes out. It’s just a little while, and then it burns away… Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.”

I finished reading "Love is a dog from hell" weeks ago and it's still fermenting like a fine Port wine.
This collection of Poems from the '70s depicts the author's experiences about Love, heartbreaks, loss, women, society and all the struggling experiences that an individual faces upon. A
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Faith-Anne by: Dr. B
Bukowski is one of those poets you can show to people who swear up & down that poetry is all rhyming & flowers. Even if you hate Bukowski, you must admit that he's an original. I love Bukowski. His poems are a perfect break from the 'real' world. They're brutally honest & lovely in their grotesqueness. This collection is wonderful. Sure it isn't for the faint of heart, but Bukowski really does prove that poetry comes in all shapes & sizes. ...more
David J
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it

Charles Bukowski’s poetry is polarizing. You either love it or hate it, and after reading “Love is a Dog from Hell,” I’ve found myself in the latter camp.

Okay, here we go. There are a few different themes Bukowski works with in this collection, but the most prominent theme is how a horny middle-aged man objectifies women through a thick veil of misogyny. He’s often boorish in a creepy, voyeuristic way; the commodification of women and young girls--yup, we get pedophilia here too--is unappeali
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Ever felt like there was no one for you, nothing and no one who could hold your existence? As if you were drifting through life-going from person to person, place to place, job to job? Read this-it might wake you up. And make you feel a lot less lonely. Devastatingly, shatteringly beautiful.
Andy Carrington
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honest / Defeatist / Deeply-personal / All-seeing.

How poetry should be.
Edward Lorn
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I gotta face it, I'm just not into poetry.

Cue excessive whining about how I shouldn't rate something I know isn't for me to begin with.
Ryan Milbrath
Bukowski’s poetry brings to mind the free verse ranting found on scrawled on bathroom stalls with permanent marker. Love is a Dog from Hell provides a collection of his finest prose on woman, every-day living, drinking, and of – of course – love (in its most low and basest forms).

I believe Bukowski is one of the greatest poets in the modern world of poetry not because of his style, topics, rhyme schemes, or his connection with the beats. I believe he is one of the best because of his honesty. L
Raegan Butcher
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Bukowski has so many books of poetry that it almost staggers the imagination; if one were to rank them in over-all quality, i would have to say this is in his top five.
Written as his early to mid 1970s underground cult hero/legend status was firmly rising to a peak, this collection shows him to be as much the sensitive sufferer in the battlegrounds of love as anyone, despite his persistently negative reception among critics as nothing more than a drunken, vulgar boor.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
The various sides of Charles I met with in this collection of poetry.
I won't be offering any interpretations or analysis because this man was a train wreck, and trying to analyze his chaotic thoughts would only provide suboptimal satisfaction.

1.Sweet and romantic Charles

One for Old Snaggle Tooth
I know a woman
who keeps buying puzzles
pieces that finally fit
into some order.
she works it out
she solves all her
lives down by the sea
puts sugar out fo
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I did not enjoy this collection nearly as much as what I have already read by Bukowski, though this was still well worth my time. I had planned on changing my rating to 3 stars but then I started flipping to the pages I had saved and I am now comfortable with the 4 stars. Once again, when I had finished, the book looked very important and worthy, with so many of my little paper scraps hanging out, noting the pages of poems I did not want to forget.

This collection lacked the fire I felt in the l
Diana Gangan
Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
And the award for the biggest literaturized crap in the history goes to...Bukowksi, again and again. It's like going back to an old lover, you give them a second chance even if you already know you are going to be served the same shit all over again. But right now I can figure out why people like him - because it makes them feel special. If somebody so lousy and writing so poorly can make a big deal out of it, somehow it makes them all feel better about themselves. I swear to god, I would like t ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
I loathe Charles Bukowski. Oh, he's so prolific. Yes, so is a monkey on crack in front of a typewriter.
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
I love, love, love Bukowski. And here is why I love him.

"she wore a platinum blonde wig
and her face was rouged and powdered
and she put the lipstick on
making a huge painted mouth
and her neck was wrinkled
but she still had the ass of a young girl
and the legs were good.
she wore blue panties and I took them off
raised her dress, and with the TV flickering
I took her standing up.
as we struggled around the room
(I'm fucking the grave, I thought, I'm
bringing the dead back to life,
so marvelous
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
we are afraid.

our educational system tells us
that we can all be
big-ass winners.

it hasn't told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.

or the terror of one person
aching in one place

unspoken to

watering a plant.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75? Not my favourite but it still had some truly amazing poems
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't read every poem in this collection, but poetry collections aren't meant to be read from cover to cover like novels. I feel qualified to opine on a poetry collection when I've read over 2/3rd of the contents, and I'm a little over that point now with this one.

Someone whose poetic sensibilities I trust recommended this particular one to me. I like it. Bukowski writes in choppy, demotic declarations, writes about seedy, sordid places and messed-up, sexy situations. I can't tell if he's a
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What is nice with old man Bukowski is his knack to grip the moment and re-enact it somehow with a layout of words as nimble, brisk and raw as the subject matter.

It can be read in one sitting as well as it can be in one hundred and sixty, with as much profit.

Surprisingly, it shares something with Fernando Pessoa's Book of Unquiet, be it its sometimes elusive, sometimes crude representation of reality, or the way it considers the transcendental and the (seemingly) trite.


Un recueil de poèm
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Love for this romantic man was when the love of his life packed her bags and left him for eternity, love was shouting and yelling and throwing things to cause pain. In Love Is A Dog From Hell, underlies the secret of a man who knew tough love better than any of us could. There was a lot of love, or what he would call love surrounding his entire life. For Bukowski love came in empty bourbon bottle form or a punch in the face and women who would leave his side to never return before he woke up in ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This man is miserable and drinks too much, uses women. He's a pervert and kind of an asshole. It was all very depressing and often, disturbing.

But there was something there that kept me intrigued. I could feel his pain & understand his cynicism. His loneliness is palpable. He's real.

He knows what it's like to be broken by love.
Beatrice Santos
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, poetry
Oh Charles Bukowski, what a disappointment.

If you'd like to read about how he fucks whores and whores fuck him, how much he loves to drink beer, how he digs to look at girl's legs and how generally fucked up his life is, give this one a go.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Ya well, this pretty much sums it up.

Adriana Scarpin
What they want

Vallejo writing about
loneliness while starving to
Van Gogh's ear rejected by a
Rimbaud running off to Africa
to look for gold and finding
an incurable case of syphilis;
Beethoven gone deaf;
Pound dragged through the streets
in a cage;
Chatterton taking rat poison;
Hemingway's brains dropping into
the orange juice;
Pascal cutting his wrists
in the bathtub;
Artaud locked up with the mad;
Dostoevsky stood up against a wall;
Crane jumping into a boat propeller;
Lorca shot in the road by Sp
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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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“there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.

people so tired
either by love or no love.

people just are not good to each other
one on one.

the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.

we are afraid.

our educational system tells us
that we can all be
big-ass winners.

it hasn't told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.

or the terror of one person
aching in one place

unspoken to

watering a plant.”
“I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.” 3464 likes
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