Synopses & Reviews
Like a great heavyweight in the ring with that final indomitable adversary, Bukowski went down swinging. The 175 posthumously published new poems of Bone Palace Ballet once again prove his mettle, showing the banged-up old champ still on his feet and gamely slugging it out with the inevitable:
after this long fight
I have no intention of
The life-narrative skills that made Bukowski the finest verse storyteller of his time are still alive and kicking in these verse tales, vivid fragments shored against time's ruin. The dance of death in Bukowski's bone palace takes shape as autobiography: yarns about his Depression childhood and early literary passions (from lusting after his high school English teacher to covertly devouring forbidden books), his apprentice days as a hard-drinking, starving poetic aspirant
working on the last bottle of
the sheets of your
writing strewn across the
you have walked on and across
they'll be read in
gnawed at by the
...and finally the bittersweet later years, when, having been rendered by history "just / another old fart in a world of old farts," he nonetheless remains able to look back over his shoulder at fate with a measure of undefeatable defiance.
"This posthumous collection of poems by Bukowski is a wonderful swan song...readers will see Bukowski at his best." Library Journal
"Each poem is a little nugget of roughneck-intellectual autobiography or attitude...and each is pretty enjoyable, especially with a brew at hand." Ray Olson, Booklist
This is a collection of 175 previously unpublished works by Bukowski. It contains yarns about his childhood in the Depression and his early literary passions, his apprentice days as a hard-drinking, starving poetic aspirant, and his later years when he looks back at fate with defiance.
About the Author
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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.