The Continual Condition

The Continual Condition

by Charles Bukowski


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“The Walt Whitman of Los Angeles.”

—Joyce Carol Oates


“He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels.”

—Leonard Cohen, songwriter


Arguably the most imitated and influential American poet of the previous half-century, Charles Bukowski remains a counter-culture icon more than a decade after his death. The Continual Condition is a collection of never-before-published poems by the inimitable Bukowski—raw, tough, odes to alcohol, women, work, and despair by a rebel author equally adept at poetry and prose. Charles Bukowski lives on in The Continual Condition, a godsend for admirers of his previous collections Slouching Toward Nirvana, The Pleasures of the Damned, and Love is a Dog From Hell, as well as his novels Factotum, Ham on Rye, and Pulp.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061771217
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 625,964
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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 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.

Abel Debritto, a former Fulbright scholar and current Marie Curie fellow, works in the digital humanities. He is the author of Charles Bukowski, King of the Underground, and the editor of the Bukowski collections On WritingOn Cats, and On Love.

Date of Birth:

August 16, 1920

Date of Death:

March 9, 1994

Place of Birth:

Andernach, Germany

Place of Death:

San Pedro, California


Los Angeles City College, 2 years

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The Continual Condition 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
scottcholstad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a huge Bukowski fan and a former correspondent with him and as an individual to whom he autographed a number of books and t-shirts, I tend to buy anything Bukowski. I have all of the Black Sparrow, City Lights, Ecco and Harper Collins books, as well as a couple of older ones now hard to find. When this book came out, I was elated, naturally. I rushed to acquire it and read it through with growing unease. I say this, because this is the first time I've ever said what about I'm to write: This Bukowski book is utter crap! Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! Bukowski would probably be rolling over in his grave right now, and I'm ashamed that Linda and John Martin participated in allowing what is obviously a cheap attempt to cash in on the man's name and legacy. It's my belief this book has tarnished Buk's legacy -- but not by much.Oh yeah, there are perhaps two decent poems in the entire book.... Pity.
manadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For a man who died in 1994 at the age of 73, Bukowski is still a prolific writer. Released in 2009, The Continual Condition is the newest book containing never before published poems.Not being a poet, my gauge of how well I like a poetry book is based on how many pages I dogear to go back to and re-read. While I did really like the majority of poems here, I didn't dogear to many. Although it might just be my mood because I seemingly just picked the darkest poems as my favorites.This Kind of Fire was one of my favorites, along with Perfect Silence, Dear Editor and Moving Towards Age 73.
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martunes More than 1 year ago
Charles Bukowski keeps your mind working. I guess it is up to each individual as to whether it is good business or bad. I read the "Buk" when I find myself having a rosy day. He is the weed that gives beauty to the scabby front yard of reality. Makes you appreciate the rose in a fleeting kind of way. I'd wish you all luck but that would jinx the whole deal.