The Pleasures of the Damned
The Pleasures of the Damned
Poems, 1951-1993

In going through this comprehensive collection the reader is able to see past the dirty-old-man façade that has plagued Bukowski's writing and glimpse at moments of sincere compassion and prophetic epiphanies. His poetry is constantly morphing into something new; it can be revelatory at one time and poignantly foolish at another. —Recommended by Luke, City Lights Books

To his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon. A hard-drinking wild man of literature and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers.

Edited by John Martin, the legendary publisher of Black Sparrow Press and a close friend of Bukowski's, The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best works from Bukowski's long poetic career, including the last of his never-before-collected poems. Celebrating the full range of the poet's extra-ordinary and surprising sensibility, and his uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a rich lifetime of experiences and speak to Bukowski's "immense intelligence, the caring heart that saw through the sham of our pretenses and had pity on our human condition" (The New York Quarterly). The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both longtime fans and those just discovering this unique and legendary American voice.

Title The Pleasures of the Damned
Subtitle Poems, 1951-1993
Publisher Ecco
Title First Published 01 December 2008
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 576 p.
ISBN-10 0061228443
ISBN-13 9780061228445
Publication Date 01 December 2008
Main content page count 576
Weight 16 oz.

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