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Read his actual poetry books, leave this one until last.
on 23 February 2017
The poems may be THE BEST OF THE BEST OF BUKOWSKI, but removed from their original context they seem to lack the personal touch that I love about his work. There is no struggle, no story. When you read a really good poem in one of his books its made all the better by the poems before it that describe how he is struggling to write or how he had a doctors appointment last week, you get to know the man, not just the poet. This collection seems very impersonal by comparison. I recommend The Last Night Of The Earth Poems instead.