By Charles Bukowski. Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life. The poems in the first three sections of this book are from the years and the poems in the last section are the new work of The reader might wonder what happened to the years , since the author once did vanish literally from to
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life. Read more Read less. 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 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, , at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase.
I have been an avid reader of Bukowski for thirty years now. What can I say? I feel an affinity with the man. I moved out to Southern California with some drunken, vague thought in my head that I would be closer to him, and maybe even visit him, or try to, but he passed the very year I moved to SoCal which is where I still live.
I have all his works, and have read and re-read all of his poetry and prose for these three decades. It may seem paradoxical, but the older I get, the more I have been enjoying the poetry he wrote as younger man, while, the exact opposite was true when I was younger.
I wonder why that is? But, I think there is certain muscle in his earlier work. A certain spit in the eye. There is also this singing that can be heard above the howling and the madness. There is something trying to break free, and in that process of becoming liberated, generated a certain light and clarity. I am not disparaging his later work I mean, my god, Last Night of the Earth is absolutely mind-blowing but, as the years pass me by, I like looking at these early poems.
I tend to smile more when I read them than I do the later works. It was full of drunken nights, sex, violence at times, writing, flophouses, getting jobs reading his work when he could, working crappy jobs with little respect, hangovers and the vicious cycle that goes on with it all.
Bukowski was also a very talented writer to take what he saw and what some people see every day and turn it into very sharp and real without any gimmicks or come ons in his writing about what his life was really like. I often feel that attempting to review poetry boarders on pretension. It is impossible to explore the infinite interpretations that accompany each poem; however, this compilation, which includes some of Bukowski's earlier works deserves some words.
All too often Bukowski is forced in to a literary box by those who have only read a brief snippet of his work. They see him as a down and out drunk, with a penchant for the written word. They fail to realize the greater depth of his poetry. Yes, Bukowski lived a very hard life, however, the booze and the women and the flophouse rooms also serve as a metaphor, illustrating his far-reaching insight into the world.
Through his poems, we see life through jaded eyes. So jaded, in fact, as to prove enlightening. From Bukowski's self-imposed exile from the daily grind, he is able to view the world of man objectively. He is able to gain a realization of the absurdities that all too often dull the lives of many, and in this way, Bukowski brings forth a certain level of enlightenment.
Through his work, we too can view life objectively and combat the absurdities that plague us all. An excellent collection of Bukowski's early and possibly best poetry, for those new to his work and his established followers. The main problem is with the quality of the book itself. While superficially resembling the original Black Sparrow Press edition, including the exact cover art, the current publisher has produced a cheap imitation.
The book covers are thin and insubstantial, replacing the thick, textured wraps which withstood many readings and borrowings by friends a hallmark of Black Sparrow's excellence. Do yourself a favor and buy a used BSP copy. Accept no substitutes!
A very good collection of Bukowski's works. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life. Read more Read less. 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 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two.