The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems, 1946-1966
Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in S...more
I am not one for re-reading; I am the worst culprit. I do underline for the sake of reading my favorite parts over and over again, but I typically do not re-read an entire book.
Where do I begin?
This is quite simply and in all honesty, Bukowski's best book of poetry, hands down. Some have called it 'lyrical', and indeed there are some poems in here which are lyrical, romantic, sweet and droll. As one proceeds through the book, the harder, grittier poems increase and this is the style which Bukowski tended to develop more and more throughout his career and one in which he feels most comfortable. The greatest thing about thes ...more
Death Wants More Death
The Swans Walk My Brain, In April It Rains
Thank God For Alleys
The Best Way To Get Famous Is To Run Away
Actually, the old stew-bum dishes out tons of fatherly writerly advice. I took notes because he's almost never wrong!
Though I find it curious that his younger poems seem to betray an obsession with death and his own m ...more
Bukowski is shit
Like, really, REALLY bad, guys
Why's he straight man bae?
I once heard James Ellroy say Charles Bukowski was a fraud. My introduction to Bukowski came when I was a green, 17 year old, living in the confines of rural Georgia at the dawn of the 70s. It was a documentary on Georgia Public Television. I had arrived home from my job keeping score at Little League baseball games, pulled out my TV dinner from the oven, set up the TV tray, and turned on the TV. There was a grizzled guy sitting on a stage a ...more
1 as the wind breaks in from the sea again
2 and the land is marred with riot and disorder
3 be careful with the sabre of choice,
5 what may have been noble
6 5 centuries
7 or even 20 years ago
8 is now
9 more often than not
10 wasted action
11 your life runs but once,
12 history has chance after chance
13 to prove men fools.
14 be careful, then, I would say,
15 of any seeming nob ...more
So this is Bukowski when he was still trying to find his voice as an author. This should come as little surprise as this collection dates takes works from 1946-1956. It is an interesting work for one who wants to know what an early Bukowski was like. I will give you a hint, the majority seem like they are hi ...more
there are some great parts that I marked and quoted everywhere, but I can't help feeling offended by the constant degradation of women in Bukowski's poems.
I don't understand how he was called the most influential writer of contemporary poetry.. or maybe I just don't understand poetry.. either way, I hope if he did influence young poets that at least they don't imitate his hatred and bitterness.
but aren't all poets bitter?
Me recordó mucho a una etapa de mi vida en la cual, a diferencia de él que alquilaba habitaciones, pasaba en mi cuarto a oscuras, hundiéndome con el humo de un Marlboro rojo y con el aroma de la presencia de unas ...more
may be years in the way they measure,
but it's only one sentence back in my mind -
there are so many days
when living stops and pulls up and sits
and waits like a train on the rails.
I pass the hotel at 8
and at 5; there are cats in the alleys
and bottles and bums,
and I look up at the window and think,
I no longer know where you are,
and I walk on and wonder where
the living goes
when it stops.
One of my favorites...
even though it's not my favourite way of writing style, but those meanings are priceless
Bold, Insane and he wouldn't disagree with it!
Brilliant Insanity is required in this world, I Believe so as well!