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The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951-1993

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ISBN13: 9780061228445
ISBN10: 0061228443
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Though some may find Bukowski's poetry on the pedestrian side, I actually like it for being filled with direct, astute, and often persnickety observations about the world unfolding and evolving around him. Check out this practitioner of "dirty realism" and see where he takes you.
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To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon. A hard-drinking wild man of literature and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers.

Edited by John Martin, the legendary publisher of Black Sparrow Press and a close friend of Bukowski's, The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best works from Bukowski's long poetic career, including the last of his never-before-collected poems. Celebrating the full range of the poet's extra-ordinary and surprising sensibility, and his uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a rich lifetime of experiences and speak to Bukowski's "immense intelligence, the caring heart that saw through the sham of our pretenses and had pity on our human condition" (The New York Quarterly). The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both longtime fans and those just discovering this unique and legendary American voice.

About the Author

Charles Bukowsk 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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there 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 San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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STRATMANPDX, January 25, 2009 (view all comments by STRATMANPDX)
perfect for the dyslectic intelectual e z reader .
Short poem /stories in the classic Bukowski style .
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061228445
Subtitle:
Poems, 1951-1993
Author:
Bukowski, Charles
Editor:
Martin, John
Author:
by Charles Bukowski
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20081202
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.44 in 22 oz

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Though some may find Bukowski's poetry on the pedestrian side, I actually like it for being filled with direct, astute, and often persnickety observations about the world unfolding and evolving around him. Check out this practitioner of "dirty realism" and see where he takes you.

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