How did you first discover Bukowski? How did you first discover Bukowski and what effect did his writing have on you? I was looking through the poetry section of my local library and came across slouching towards nirvana. I took the book home and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I agree with a post Black Swan had posted in another thread. Charles Bukowski will be a good friend. Never had I read another person's work that I was so comforted by. Whenever I feel confused by the world and my surroundings I turn to Bukowski for comfort.