Watch “Artbound: Bukowski Reads Bukowski” Documentary (1973)

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KCET, an independent film channel in San Francisco, presents an episode from their vaults featuring the one and only novelist and poet Charles Bukowski. Some of this footage was used for the feature-length documentary Born Into This. You can watch Born Into This free here. Director Taylor Hackford (An Officer…

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Bukowski Reads His Poem “Love”

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Charles Bukowski reading his poem “Love.” This seems a fitting enough post for Valentine’s Day. Bukowski didn’t like holidays, chances are especially wasn’t a fan of this one, so this downtrodden little rumination on love seems like the only fitting thing to post today. Or maybe nothing at all would…

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Linda King Reads Poetry About Charles Bukowski (Videos)

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Linda King and Charles Bukowski were together in an on-again-off-again relationship for around five years. The relationship started when King, a talented sculptress, asked Bukowski if she could do a bust of his head. Bukowski wrote about her extensively, in both poetry and prose. She was the model for the…

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Charles Bukowski Poem “the wine of forever”

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the wine of forever, by Charles Bukowski re-reading some of Fante’s The Wine of Youth in bed this mid-afternoon my big cat BEAKER asleep beside me. the writing of some men is like a vast bridge that carries you over the many things that claw and tear. Fante’s pure and…

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Charles Bukowski Poem “Captain Goodwine”

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Captain Goodwine, by Charles Bukowski one goes from being a poet to being an entertainer. I read my stuff in Florida once and the professor there told me, “you realize you’re an entertainer now, don’t you?”   I began to feel bad about that remark because when the crowd comes…

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“what they want” Charles Bukowski Poem

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The Charles Bukowski poem “what they want” is published in the poetry collection Love is a Dog From Hell. It’s a look at the nature of the public’s interest when it comes to artists. what they want, by Charles Bukowski Vallejo writing about loneliness while starving to death; Van Gogh’s…

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“Luck” Charles Bukowski Poem

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The following Charles Bukowski poem “Luck” appears in the book Run With the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader. It’s sort of a best-of compilation, edited by Black Sparrow Press editor John Martin. Beneath the text of the poem you’ll find a video of Bukowski reading “Luck” which is taken from…

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“show biz” Charles Bukowski Poem

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Another Charles Bukowski poem from The Last Night of the Earth Poems. This one is called “show biz” and there’s an animated video at the bottom of the page to go with this one, so check it out. show biz, by Charles Bukowski I can’t have it and you can’t…

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“poetry” Charles Bukowski Poem

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A Charles Bukowski poem about poetry. The poem “poetry” is published in the book The Last Night of the Earth Poems. poetry, by Charles Bukowski it takes a lot of   desperation   dissatisfaction   and disillusionment   to write   a few good poems.   it’s not for everybody…

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