On Love

Charles BukowskiEdited by Abel Debritto

The most immense thing about beauty is finding it gone
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Raw and romantic, On Love captures one of our funniest, fiercest, and most daring writers on a subject that touches all of our lives

Charles Bukowski was a man of intensely felt passions. In On Love, we see Bukowski reckoning with the complications of love and desire, as well as its exaltations. Alternating between the tough and the tender, the romantic and the gritty, Bukowski exposes the myriad faces of love in the poems collected here-its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance, and redemptive power.

Whether writing about his daughter, his lover, or his work, Bukowski is fiercely honest and reflective, using love as a prism to look at the world and to view his own vulnerable place in it. ‘My love is a hummingbird sitting that quiet moment on the bough,’ he writes. ‘As the same cat crouches.’

Memorably moving and, at times, hilarious, On Love reveals Bukowski at his most candid and affecting.

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

“The best poet in America”
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Charles BukowskiEdited by Abel Debritto

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. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there the rest of his life. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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