Now, I know Bukowski is dead, so I have no idea why a great deal of this vlog speaks of him in the present tense. I did have a bit in there about not speaking ill of the dead, but I’m not really speaking ill just pointing out the obvious really, so I chopped it out.
I chose poetry because there was none (WTF challenge folk?) and I chose Bukowski because, whilst I often instagram or tweet quotes by him or from his poetry, I actually have a very strong opinion that he’s not that great. Check out the vlog to find out why, and why I think this book of poetry is way too long.
TL;DR or TL;DW of this is that, well, Bukowski was a bit of an old misogynist really and the vast majority of his poems trash women in the most unpleasant fashion. Only about 5% of his output is a thoughtful and occasionally profound statement about the human condition.
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