Charles Bukowski Poems

Charles Bukowski was a German-American poet who also wrote short stories and novels. He was continually influenced by the lives of ordinary Americans, alcohol, and the culture around him. He was often referred to as the “king of the underground” during his lifetime and his poetry collections include Maybe Tomorrow and Crucifix in a Deathhand. 

Poetry Readings

by Charles Bukowski

‘Poetry Readings’ by Charles Bukowski is an interesting poem that critiques poetry readers and those who hold onto false hopes. 

Bukowski's work often explores the gritty realities of everyday life, shunning pretentiousness and embracing raw emotion. 'Poetry Readings' reflects his disdain for artificiality, focusing on the authentic human experience. His direct and unadorned style serves to amplify the impact of his critique of the poetry community.

poetry readings have to be some of the saddest

damned things ever,

the gathering of the clansmen and clanladies,

week after week, month after month, year


Love & Fame & Death

by Charles Bukowski

‘Love & Fame & Death’ by Charles Bukowski is a short, complex poem that speaks on the power, or lack thereof, that love, fame and death have in life.

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