Bukowski has been called the poet of the gutter but that's inaccurate. He's a working-class writer. He just seems to be of the gutter to critics and academics whose hands have never been callused by labour, who likely haven't spent a day in the realms Bukowski wrote on.
Fine review! - There's also a bunch of Buk links on the left side of the review (articles and other reviews mostly). One of them is to a 10 min. audio clip about, and with, Buk. John Martin and Linda B. are also in it: