The Pleasures of the Damned

Selected Poems 1951-1993

Charles Bukowski

having been born into this strange life we must accept the wasted gamble of our days and take some satisfaction in the pleasure of leaving it all behind
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A selection of the best poetry from America’s most iconic and imitated poet, Charles Bukowski


The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best poetry from America’s most iconic and imitated poet, Charles Bukowski. Celebrating the full range of the poet’s extraordinary sensibility and his uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a lifetime of experience, from his renegade early work to never-before-collected poems penned during the final days before his death.

The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both long-time fans and those just discovering this unique and important American voice.

“Likely to stand as the definitive volume of Bukowski’s poems”
new York Times Book Review

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“He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels”
Leonard Cohen

“The best poet in America”
Jean Genet

“A laureate of American low life”

“Bukowski wrote poetry as minimal as a bullet. He could be funny and heartbreaking in the same sentence”
sunday Herald

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski is one of America’s best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. At the forefront of American counter-culture, his Beat Generation writing is widely celebrated. He was born in Germany in 1920 to an American soldier father and a German mother and was brought to the United States at the age of three. He grew up in Los Angeles and lived there for the majority of his life.

During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books, including novels such as Factotum, Post Office and Ham on Rye. He died in 1994 shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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