The Unbearable Banishment: How a bona fide tough guy inscribes a book

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How a bona fide tough guy inscribes a book

A poem should be written so that a whore, a stockbroker, a garbage collector, an aviator, a jockey, a baker, a child molester, a saint, a fool and a genius can understand it.
Charles Bukowski

If you're familiar with Bukowski's work, you know how much he adhered to that philosophy.

That's the inscription in one of my Bukowski first editions. In this month's column over at the Undie Press, I discuss Bukowski's talent for inscribing and also say some unflattering things about a beloved, dead author. Enjoy!

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If you haven't already done so, click to the comments in my last post and read JZ's fascinating history lesson. It's got more gravitas than anything I've written here.


Blogger savannah said...

read your column at undie press and signed up for their newsletter! thanks! also left a comment yesterday re the post AND jz's comment. xoxoxo

May 26, 2011 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

The more I read about him the more I think what a good egg he is.
His definition of a poem gets full marks from me.

May 26, 2011 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sav: You are, and will always be, one of my GOLD STAR readers. Thank you.

Pat: Be cautioned: he can be somewhat crass. But if you can cut through the occasional misogyny, he can be an enjoyable read.

May 26, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Kono said...

We all have our flaws, Buk was a righteous cat any way you slice it, now as for DFW i will speak ill of the dead, i was once called all kinds of names on a message board because i stated how over-rated he was, mainly gimmicks and technically sound prose with no heart or guts, gotta feeling Buk would agree.

May 26, 2011 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Sausage said...

That sure is a bloody strange collection of peeps, the man did know his stuff.

May 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

for me? your best column yet... especially the vagina reference. if you can work a vagina reference into a literary review? you deserve a pulitzer or something...

May 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Kono: I've always found his stuff to be too academic and dull. I'm not even sure why I was getting the signatures.

SF: Those are among my favorite books in my library.

Daisy: Wow! That's some high praise, baby! I owe you a drink at the Campbell Apartment. Come and get it.

May 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too Me too

May 27, 2011 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger JZ said...

awwww shucks....yer making me blush...

May 27, 2011 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Ms Scarlet said...

Do you think that he was telling the truth about The Post Office?

May 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

nurse: Yes, you too. Or, more accurately, two. Or three. Or four.

JZ: I call 'em as I see 'em.

Scarlet: I'm going to guess that there's some embellishment, but the root of it is true.

May 27, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Eryl said...

Thank you again for formerly introducing me to Bukowski. I'm now following Undie Press on Twitter and Facebook so should not miss any more of your columns.

May 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

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