The Poetry of Charles Bukowski
Bukowski published more than 45 books of poetry and prose in his life-time. His poetry and short story books are published world wide.
Essential to an understanding of Bukowski's literary personality is an
appreciation of his anarchic training at the public library. On the one
hand, nothing of the academic approach rubbed off on him. His style would
seem to defy literary logic. For example, his punctuation ignored basic
grammatical rules. On the other hand, his voracious and compulsive reading
would give him a poetic sensitivity which was direct, without affectation,
and unique to him.
"When I was becoming a genius, when I was dying of hunger,
and nobody wanted to publish me, I spent even more time in the library
than I have ever since. It was wonderful to get a seat by a window in
the sunlight where the sun could fill my head with music."
Bukowski, writing copious amounts of prose and poetry, had
collected numerous rejections from magazines and publishing houses. His
first published essay, in Story magazine, had reflected the situation.
It was called "Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip."