Charles Bukowski was more than a poet, he wrote novels and short stories as well. The writing style and the life that he lived was darker than most of the poets of his time. Living in a society that bordered on paranoia in the early 30s has and grew into extreme prejudice during the opening wave of World War 2. It could be said that Mr. Bukowski grew into the role of a poet, considering the direct impact of society, the culture and economic fallacy of Los Angeles during his life. He often exposed the gross under carriage of society in is poetic musings.
Life of Charles Bukowski
Henry Charles Bukowski (Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was born on August 16 1920 and perished on March 9, 1994. He came to the United States at the age of two and lived in Los Angeles. Adam Kirsch said this of Bukowski “He combines the confessional poet’s promise of intimacy with the larger than life aplomb of a pulp fiction hero.” The Bukowski family left Germany on April 23, 1923, and they began to call Heinrich, Henry in order to help him adjust to America. He would later change his name to Charles.
In the autobiography “Ham on Rye,” Charles says that his father was frequently abusive in mental and physical, beating him for the smallest of offense. He was socially withdrawn and shy, and it was greatly pronounced by the teens at the time. The razor strap beat him at least a few times a week from the ages of 6 to 11. It helped with his writing, considering he understood the need for undeserved pain. He suffered from dyslexia, and later depression fueled his rage that sparked his creative element in his writings and voice.
Famous Poems that Live on
Charles Bukowski’s poems continue to live on. He ranks in at the number of 12 out of 500 of the best poets of all time. His poetry can be found all over the Internet and in a completed collection. Here are a few famous poems to think about, Bluebird, Writing, Consummation of Grief, The Shower, Yes, Yes and Like a Flower in the Rain.