The pleasures of the damned : poems, 1951-1993

by Bukowski, Charles.

Format: Print Book 2007
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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 extraordinary 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" (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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Martin, Bukowski's publisher for ages at Black Sparrow Press, has put the last previously uncollected poems into what is otherwise his selection of his most successful author's poems. It makes for a nice, long read that still takes only a couple of sittings because of Bukowski's predominant short line and perfected spieler's diction. Actually, it is less than twice as long as two of Bukowski's other collections, and many who love Buk a remarkably easy thing to do, despite and because of his roughneck brusqueness and general raffishness may opt to go through a couple of those again rather than this book. Martin's choice seems light on the barroom, lovers'-quarrel, and lunatic-encounter poems that show what a genius of a raconteur Buk was. Of course, that gift is also highlighted in his short stories; perhaps that's why there's a higher proportion of reflective poems here than one recalls in the previous collections. But quibble, quibble. We're lucky to have so much Bukowski to winnow, and for that, all thanks to Martin.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bukowski's chatty free verse (and fiction) about disappointment, drunkenness, racetracks, flophouses, lust, sexual failure, poverty and late-life success amassed an enormous following by the time of his death at age 73 in 1994. Billed as the last book with new Bukowski poems in it, this hefty collection also culls from his prior books, and it is all of a piece: the warnings about lost potency, the ironic takes on ailments of mind and body, the comradeship with everyone down at the heels, down on his luck, or down to his last shot of booze. Bukowski's best poems have an exaggerated, B-movie black-and-white aura about them. One new poem warns "that/ nothing is wasted:/ either that/ or/ it all is." In another, "hell is only what we/ create,/ smoking these cigarettes,/ waiting here,/ wondering here." Near the front of the volume comes a page-and-a-half-long verse manifesto, "a poem is a city," that might describe what Bukowski could do: "a poem is a city filled with streets and sewers," it begins, "filled with saints, heroes, beggars, madmen... banality and booze," and yet "a poem is the world." (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Publisher New York :Ecco,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Martin, John, 1930-
Language English
Notes Poems.
Includes index.
Description 556 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780061228438 (hardcover)
0061228435 (hardcover)
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