Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977

Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977

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by Charles Bukowski
     
 

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First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.

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First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876853627
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
72,231
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Love is a Dog From Hell

Sandra

is the slim tall
ear-ringed
bedroom damsel
dressed in a long
gown


she's always high
in heels
spirit
pills
booze


Sandra leans out of
her chair
leans toward
Glendale


I wait for her head
to hit the closet
doorknob
as she attempts to
light
a new cigarette on an
almost burnt-out
one


at 32 she likes
young neat
unscratched boys
with faces like the bottoms
of new saucers


she has proclaimed as much
to me
has brought her prizes


over for me to view:
silent blonde zeros of young
flesh
who
a) sit
b) stand
c) talk at her command


sometimes she brings one
sometimes two
sometimes three
for me to
view


Sandra looks very good in
long gowns
Sandra could probably break
a man's heart


I hope she finds
one.


Love is a Dog From Hell. Copyright © by Charles Bukowski. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charles Bukowski was such a talented writer, one of few true writers with the ability to compose words into beautiful lakes of refuge. His poems contained in this book are brutally honest; some of them are in a sense crude, but not without the beauty of a man who speaks his mind.
shadedshadow More than 1 year ago
Charles Bukowski is shocking! Sometimes your jaw drops and you can't help but think, my god! Is this a memory of his!? He didn't really do that did he!? And other poems will reach out and place the emptiness of his life directly inside you. When I am angry in my relationships I grab this book because I can relate to Bukowski on an odd level, in a way that both feels distance as much as understood. Sometimes I want to call my man really mean & nasty names in the way that I think he never held fear of, lol. The man was a great writer; I would have like to have met him despite the way he may have behaved towards me ;) This is a must have for any real poetry lover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best volume of the underground world of poetry. Whitman sympathized with the working man, but Bukowski was 'one of us.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can never go wrong with Bukowski!
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D23 More than 1 year ago
Nice
Guest More than 1 year ago
buy it, read it, love it.