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The Last Night of the Earth Poems
     

The Last Night of the Earth Poems

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by Charles Bukowski
 

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Poems deal with writing, death and immortality, literature, city life, illness, war, and the past.

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Poems deal with writing, death and immortality, literature, city life, illness, war, and the past.

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Library Journal
``A. Huxley died at 69/ much too early for such a/ fierce talent.'' Now in his seventh decade, Bukowski is preoccupied with death, but in such a way that he spices his usual flat monotone with bits of welcome humor. While continuing his focus on life in bars and at the racetrack, these poems enlarge the meditative tone begun in You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense ( LJ 1/87). Bukowski remembers the first time he read great authors or heard classical composers; he reflects on old friends, co-workers, and lovers, but with a new gentleness, as in ``Darkling,'' a wonderfully lyric love poem to his wife. Poems such as this make it easier to spot the poetic craft at work behind Bukowski's understated common speech. Finally, the poet's emphasis on reflection and mellowed tone will, one hopes, enlarge the poet's huge but specialized readership.-- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York
Booknews
How does Bukowski, undoubtedly the most published of contemporary American poets, maintain his integrity among the admirers and sycophants? A: he has no integrity; or B: he only writes about what he knows. Published by Black Sparrow Press, 24 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876858639
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
131,322
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet 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 1920 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, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 16, 1920
Date of Death:
March 9, 1994
Place of Birth:
Andernach, Germany
Place of Death:
San Pedro, California
Education:
Los Angeles City College, 2 years

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Last Night of the Earth Poems 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
St_Clean More than 1 year ago
Bukowski "The Poet" is different from Bukowski "the Short Story Writer". Far more sensitive, reading his poetry is like taking a deeper look at the soul of the drunk man at the end of the bar. Stripped from the adventures narrated in his stories there is just feeling in this man. Reading him is so deliciously real. This selection is highly recomended.
PjKaramazov More than 1 year ago
This was one of Bukowski's final works before his death. I don't feel that it's a book to read cover to cover, maybe something to pick up now and again when you're in the mood for it, but if you have the feeling for it, this book is amazing. I read it in doses every day or two and I'm always struck by his honesty-- this and "Betting On The Muse" are my two favorites from Bukowski-- this book is amazing, buy it!
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Rude cynical fun and real. May not be every ones cup of tea but truly worth a look
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