'Bukowski writes poems in the key of life,' the LOS ANGELES TIMES once suggested. 'They sing of the streets, the Laundromat, the corner diner, the bowling alley, the racetrack, the beer bars. They reach down into the blood and filth of existence and they touch the reddest apples on the tree.'
This is the Bukowski of 1946-1966. The poet of gritty backwaters of great faceless cities, rainy bus stations and flophouse one-night stands; also of the moon shining in the gutter, the nocturnal 'sun, vast god damned / god pulling these poems out / of my head.'
Poems include: 'The Night They Took Whitey,' 'Sundays Kill More Men Than Bombs,' 'A Report On The Consumption Of Myself,' 'Hangover And Sick Leave,' and more.
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 San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).