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Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame: Selected Poems 1955-1973 [Paperback]

Charles Bukowski
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18 Aug 1992

Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (18 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087685191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876851913
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).

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Charles Bukowsk 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 three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect. 17 April 1999
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This collection of poetry I believe more than any other of Bukowski's, mixes his grit and his staggering beauty and hilarity together best of all. Every one of his books has its stunning jewels, but this one is perfect to me. One of the last of his books I'd not yet read, this one really really amazed me, even as a huge fan already. Funny, sad, gritty, and brilliant as ever, but this one ties it all together in a knot with even more than his usual beauty.
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Lyrical and passionate poems dripping with sweat and booze. A younger Bukowski punching the keys in the Big Easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Poetry!!! 13 April 1998
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Format:Paperback
This was my first stab at a Charles Bukowski work and it led me to go out and find out as much as I could about this gifted writer. "Some people" is perhaps the best poem ever, in my opinion. A must for any fan of honest writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Bukowski, you will like BIWDIF 20 May 1996
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Format:Paperback
Bukowski is a hit-and-miss poet. When he is writing great,
the poetry leaves you shaking. When he is off, the
entertainment keeps you reading. As a whole, Burning in Water
is like a sucker punch to the gut. "Don't Come Around" is
his finest poem. The scene of isolation, a poet left with his
cigarrettes and typer, desiring only isolation and to be left
alone permeates, giving the classic Chinaski aura.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, I'll try this from memory. My copy of this book is long gone -- stolen, lost, lent out to some friend who couldn't bear to part with it again -- who knows?
2 p.m. beer
nothing matters but flopping on a mattress with cheap dreams and a beer as the leaves die and the horses die and the landladies stare in the halls. brisk the music of torn shades, a last man's cave in an eternity of swarm and explosion,
nothing but the dripping sink, the empty bottle, euphoria, youth fenced in, stabbed and shaven taught words, propped up to die
Like that? Maybe I messed up a little here and there and this damned thing won't let me put in the line breaks. Still, it's a glimpse into the man's poetry. Bukowski is a God, folks, the best American writer of the 20th century. Don't let any pissant English teacher (or English major, for that matter, and I've been both) try to tell you different.
Read Bukowski and LIVE!!!!!!
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By Rudi
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Bukowski's poetry is burning matter, perhaps more of the acid kind than the flaming variety. Always love his poetry, rather better than his novels. Cannot go wrong with Bukowksi if you can appreciate his raunchy style and sarcasm.
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