The Best Of The Beats

I bought my first book of Charles Bukowski short stories way back in the 1970s. Its title –Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness- was irresistible, and I was hooked from the first page.
I have since read all of Bukowski’s published works –his poems, short stories, novels and memoirs- and I still consider him the King of grit and grunge and gutter poetry, the ultimate chronicler of the dark underside of US urban working-class culture in the 1950s and 60s.
Bukowski’s style is the classic expression of the Beat generation’s nihilistic realism, far better, for mine, than Jack Kerouac at his best; Ginsberg on steroids.
I thoroughly recommend his novels Post Office and Ham On Rye and his poetry collection The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills, and thank whoever created this group for reminding me of this great writer’s gargantuan contribution to US –and world- literature.
amberdextrous amberdextrous
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3 Responses Feb 28, 2012

I gather that! Sometimes a change is as good as a holiday!

Content Warning, perseverer! Bukowski's work is nothing if not confronting!

Thanks for the recommendation. I have read far too much non fiction over the years and could do with something of this calibre.