Here’s some alternative Valentine’s fodder for you. Just published last week, this candid and brutally honest book of poems by the man known as ‘The Dirty Old Man of American Letters’, Bukowski on Love, will make you laugh, cry and reflect.
Bukowski On Love
Charles Bukowski was a man of intense emotions, someone an editor once called a “passionate madman.” In On Love, we see Bukowski reckoning with the complications and exaltations of love, lust, and desire. Alternating between tough and gentle, sensitive and gritty, Bukowski lays bare the myriad facets of love—its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance, and redemptive power.
Here’s a few poems from the 224 page book for you:
to the whore who stole my poems:
for Jane: with all the love I had, which was not enough:
Bukowski is brilliant on love—often amusing, sometimes playful, and fleetingly sweet. On Love offers deep insight into Bukowski the man and the artist; whether writing about his daughter, his lover, his friends, or his work, he is piercingly honest and poignantly reflective, using love as a prism to see the world in all its beauty and cruelty, and his own fragile place in it. “My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough,” he writes, “as the same cat crouches.”
Brutally honest, flecked with humor and pathos, On Love reveals Bukowski at his most candid and affecting.
Purchase the hardcover version here
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Ecco (February 2, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Buy the Kindle edition here
About Charles Bukowski:
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).
Other books by Charles Bukowski published by Ecco:
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