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)

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ISBN-13:
9780061857171
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
363,942
File size:
0 MB

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