TITLE: You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense
AUTHOR: Charles Bukowski
GENRE: Poetry, Literary Fiction
“it’s a lonely time, she sings, and you’re not mine and it makes me feel so bad, this thing of being me.”
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).
Okay, I admit it. I only wanted to read this book because it was mentioned in the Beautiful Creatures movie. Don’t judge me.
I haven’t really read much poetry and when someone asks me what my favorite poem is, I always say anything by Sylvia Plath because I worship her (I especially like Mad Girl’s Love song though).
This was my introduction to Bukowski’s writing even though I have heard of him before. I have to say…he was crazy intense. I don’t think I’ve read anything as raw as his writing. It’s just so emotional and bitter and haunting and left a bad taste in my mouth but in a good way you know? There’s something hypnotizing about his writing and the way he just blatantly says things, things people think of but never ever say out loud. He sees the world differently and seeing the world through his eyes makes me think about a lot of things. There’s a sense of despair in his writing, like he wants people to help him out but doesn’t believe anyone will. I’m probably sprouting out bullshit and what we read differs from person to person but this is what I felt when I read his poems.
I recommend this to all readers and I most definitely will be looking for more Bukowski books.
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