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why i like him

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message 1: by Gavin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:05PM) (new)

Gavin Lane | 1 comments in my darkest hours he has made me laugh.

message 2: by Kendra (new)

Kendra (kendraakabatass) | 2 comments I like him because he's so matter-of fact about really screwed up situations. Also because he makes my own alcoholism seem less raging. ;)

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Chilly SavageMelon (chillysavagemelon) | 6 comments For being an innovator in the chapbook/zine days, which have sort of always gone on, but a force at the beginning of the major wave of such publications that crested in my lifetime.

And for remaining a skeptical individual through the "feel good/come together" 60's and 70's.

message 4: by Lori (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 4 comments His cool attitude about everything. Got no money, its ok, gamble and drink the little thats left. Job sucks, hate my boss, its ok, teach the little pricks a lesson before you quit. Want to get laid, take any fat or ugly lady you see, they'll appreciate it and work harder for you.

haa haa. That guy always saw the silver lining in shit.

message 5: by Philip (new)

Philip Ashcroft | 1 comments For being more drunk and writing about being outside the fallacies of the working man. Hard to read as you get older and move further away from the angry freedom.

message 6: by Jo (new)

Jo I like that he is such a good writer but doesn't care about the material things or money. He lives life the way he wants.

message 7: by John (new)

John (Johnnie_B) Bukowski's books comprise the secular bible.

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Marjorie (thebooksswallower) | 1 comments Because he writes with his guts and pour them on the page. Because he is lovable even in his darkest times. Because he is true to himself, to his words and to his readers.

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Mert (mertb) | 1 comments he inspires me. the way he describes the shitty truth is truly art

message 10: by Chris (new)

Chris Volkay | 2 comments I like him because for me, he was the most honest writer. I think he was the best writer of any type I've ever read.
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message 11: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Perez | 2 comments When I read his work it feels like I am NOT reading but listening to the voice of and experienced human being--that enough is reason to like Bukowski.

message 12: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell (RaggedCompany) | 1 comments It is hard for me to really simply say why I like him. Years ago I used to write a lot of blogs and a girl mentioned how she thought I'd like Bukowski. The first bukowski I read was his poem Bluebird and I pretty much fell in love with his writing instantly.

I believe the man lied and exaggerated some details about things, but even with that I believe he was very honest with himself. I think it's rare you find a person that will just write out raw honesty like that.

I love that he didn't get caught up in all of the bullshit society conditions into people. That he was a bit crazy, and even with the alcoholism he didn't quit fighting. As he mentioned you've got to fight for every second, it's how well you walk through the fire.

A lot of people seem to view him as this dirty asshole, but a lot of his writing to me seems to show a genuine sweet man underneath it all. I think he knew the simple act of "feeling human" out weighted so much all of the other bullshit.

The endings of his poems always summed up it all for me. For instance in "Like a Flower in the Rain" it starts out as a raunchy poem about having sex with some woman, but it ends with the two of them merely eating food and telling one another how good they felt.

Of course, everyone interprets things in their own way. I loved Bukowski from the start.

"The Man With the Beautiful Eyes" was possibly the most touching thing I've ever read.

message 13: by Mercy (new)

Mercy Ananeh-Frempong (mercyreads) | 2 comments Gavin wrote: "in my darkest hours he has made me laugh."

me too :o)

message 14: by Mercy (new)

Mercy Ananeh-Frempong (mercyreads) | 2 comments Bukowski speaks my thoughts.

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David (1800dave) | 5 comments He captures in three words what other writers flirt with in a chapter, his minimal precision is amazing.

message 16: by Sam (last edited Aug 17, 2013 11:16PM) (new)

Sam Funderburk (1sam1) | 1 comments For not being afraid to be and express his true self, even in the ugliest of times. Which is a beautiful and rare quality.
Both a dirty old man and a poet. He is the manifestation of truth in human form.

message 17: by Alexei (new)

Alexei | 2 comments Honesty. Lack of a filter. Not afraid to expose his weaknesses. And love for Dostoyevsky!

message 18: by Stosch (new)

Stosch | 14 comments he was a true bibliophile. ive read probably 20 books hes talked about in his essays, interviews, and poems. not 1 was bad. most were amazing actually.

message 19: by Alice (new)

Alice (alibow) | 3 comments He's a true voice for introverts. He's able to express in writing what I mangle verbally.

message 20: by Stosch (new)

Stosch | 14 comments alice check out some of his poetry i think its alot better than his novels. betting on the muse, pleasures of the damned, last night of the earth poems. start with those.

message 21: by Alice (new)

Alice (alibow) | 3 comments Franken wrote: "alice check out some of his poetry i think its alot better than his novels. betting on the muse, pleasures of the damned, last night of the earth poems. start with those."

Thanks. I have read a fair amount of his poetry and totally agree with you!

message 22: by Kent (new)

Kent Winward (kentwinward) | 5 comments I love that he subverted the poetic form. By making his words accessible and raw, he strikes a poetic note that few authors can hit with all their lyrical and rhythmic striving.

message 23: by Drew (new)

Drew Manning (drewmanning) | 1 comments His poetry isn't made up to suit a mass audience who will buy into it, it's clearly a part of him. It's Real.

message 24: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Picchi | 6 comments To be so human and try not to appeared

message 25: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 3 comments Hi, I'm new here and don't really know where to put this comment, but I would just like to say that when I first started reading Bukowski, I could not decide for the life of me if I enjoyed it or not. It's all just so pointless with a dry drive and plot, but it's all just so absurd that you have to keep going. Not to mention, the self-aware pretentious perspective is so entertaining and endlessly relatable. The artsy scene and starving author atmosphere that is projected is just so interesting. Love Bukowski.

message 26: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 3 comments Gavin wrote: "in my darkest hours he has made me laugh."

This is so accurate. He makes a mockery of his own troubles until you do too. Anytime I'm stressed out, I read his books and adopt his lackadaisical attitude.

message 27: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 3 comments Stosch wrote: "alice check out some of his poetry i think its alot better than his novels. betting on the muse, pleasures of the damned, last night of the earth poems. start with those."

Consummation of Grief

message 28: by Michael (last edited Apr 20, 2020 11:11AM) (new)

Michael McNeely | 1 comments I consider Buk a mentor and part-time father. A mentor because he has inspired my writing and I have learned so much from reading him. He is also like a part-time father since we both had shitty dads. A"real" father imparts wisdom through the experiences of what you both have been through (and I have had many of the same experiences). Hank, also has a raw and forceful style that is at the same time vulnerable. He is one of the most influential poets I have read and the one that most inspired my career in poetry and my chapbook "Finn Again Begin Again".

message 29: by Anushri (new)

Anushri Gupta | 1 comments Gavin wrote: "in my darkest hours he has made me laugh."


message 30: by Dan (new)

Dan Provost | 1 comments the Roominghouse Madrigals is still one of the finest collections I've ever read.

message 31: by Jt (new)

Jt (overthemoonglow) | 13 comments I suppose I relate to Charles Bukowski is because he treats everyday living as a real, honest, authentic entity. Yeah he's a drinker and a womanizer. We could learn a lot from him. I was introduced to Buk via the other Irish rock messiah Bono. Paul even named a few tracks on U2 albums after his essential poetry. Those Days Run Away like Horses over the Hills. Last Night on Earth. I must admit I am not as versed with Buk's other writings. I'm 47 and an adult writer of sorts. Emphasis on of sorts. I will never hold a luminous candle to the Great Authors of the 20th century. My poetry would rather remain nameless. Thanks.



message 32: by Carlos (new)

Carlos Costa | 1 comments his madness reminds me if I wouldn't sometimes want to embark on the daydreams and excesses of one of his characters

message 33: by Jt (new)

Jt (overthemoonglow) | 13 comments these were not mere characters in a non-linear storyline. Keroauc and his motley crew performed all of those deviant acts. Yes he would be a test patient for our daydreams. it's very One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. dark. jovial. mad. genius.

message 34: by S.E. (new)

S.E. Bourne | 1 comments He said everything in the most obvious and yet elegant manner. All is ugly and sad, and disappointing, but still, there are glimmers of things worthwhile.

message 35: by Jt (new)

Jt (overthemoonglow) | 13 comments i have yet to watch Factotum. Yes Charles Bukowski was as raw and punk as Patti Smith or Iggy Pop. He didn't censor himself. His words remain etched in literature lore. I wonder if Charles ever managed to collaborate with the bohemian gonzo writer Hunter S Thompson.

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