New poetry collection: "Storm for the Living and the Dead"

Black Swan

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#91
just a reminder of wherever he went in his mind, he went on and on

the glory days from storm is a gem too...

4th floor of a 6th street hotel, windows
open to the city of hell, the precious breathing
of the lonely pigeons.

it's like everybody's dead, everybody's
dead with their heads on,
we've got to conquer the flailing of
nowhere.
:cool:
 
#96
The New York Journal of Books just published a nice review:
http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/storm-living

Most of the snafus in the PBS piece should be gone by now.
I'm very glad to see this new book getting positive reviews, but I do seriously wish that the author of this overall-positive review had not included such sweeping, inaccurate, stereotypical, and unfortunately-widely-believed, generalizations about Bukowski's work, such as this one:

“Never mind that his art is almost always sexually themed"...

and this one, which is even more off-the-mark:

"Sex is Bukowski’s name for love, and there is nothing gentle about it."

Of course, we all know that Buk wrote about sex; it's an integral part of his work. He wrote, in a very blunt and up-front and honest way, about all of life, and sex is obviously part of life. Even for committed celibates, such as monks, sex is still part of life, because without it, none of them, and none of any of us, would even be here! :D

However, Buk's art cannot, and should not, be reduced to such patently false statements as that it is "almost always sexually themed." Even more so, it betrays a serious misunderstanding of his view and experience of, and his writing about, love, to say that "Sex is Bukowski’s name for love, and there is nothing gentle about it." Apparently, this critic has never read any of Buk's great, beautiful, deeply felt, love-and-grief poems for Jane, which are some of my favorites in all of his work...!
 
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#99
Zobraks and roni, maybe I should have become used to it by now, but it still bothers me when critics and journalists, especially, make utterly ridiculous statements about Bukowski's work-- statements which virtually scream that they have read a very, very small amount of what he wrote, and have understood that small amount even less....
 
Went to my local book store in search of this today. Went to the tiny poetry section and they only had pleasures of the damned.. A couple of days ago I would've bought it but thanks to this forum I didn't. Found another book shop who are keeping one for me, looking forward to reading it!
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
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Went to my local book store in search of this today. Went to the tiny poetry section and they only had pleasures of the damned.. A couple of days ago I would've bought it but thanks to this forum I didn't. Found another book shop who are keeping one for me, looking forward to reading it!
"The Pleasures of the Damned" contains 276 poems and 100 of them are from the "Martinized" posthumous poem collections (a few more if you include those from "Bone Palace Ballet"). Too bad, the "Martinized" poems were included.
 
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