“The Walt Whitman of Los Angeles.”
—Joyce Carol Oates
“He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels.”
—Leonard Cohen, songwriter
Arguably the most imitated and influential American poet of the previous half-century, Charles Bukowski remains a counter-culture icon more than a decade after his death. The Continual Condition is a collection of never-before-published poems by the inimitable Bukowski—raw, tough, odes to alcohol, women, work, and despair by a rebel author equally adept at poetry and prose. Charles Bukowski lives on in The Continual Condition, a godsend for admirers of his previous collections Slouching Toward Nirvana, The Pleasures of the Damned, and Love is a Dog From Hell, as well as his novels Factotum, Ham on Rye, and Pulp.
died 9 april 1953 -- thanks for the luck -- my art form -- rejected -- full circle -- continual condition -- let's have some fun -- to kiss her long dark hair -- waste -- recess bells of school -- wasted profession -- strange morning -- feeling good in the new neighborhood -- this kind of fire -- unemployed -- tough cob -- last race -- my soul is gone -- theory -- mor than ow -- dog times -- I might get traded -- faux pas -- about a worried reader of my works: -- agnostic -- good place -- legend -- you've seen it on the barstool next to you -- never -- hot sweaty day in August -- news item -- comeback -- this flag not fondly waving -- mannequins -- my answer -- under the suckerfish sun -- I am chastised -- fine madness -- consistent sort -- old movie star -- trying to dry out -- consummation -- before the 7th race -- morning after -- heavy dogs in cement shoes -- down the hatch -- tragedy? -- listening to the radio at 1:35 a.m. -- perfect silence -- mirror mirror on the wall -- parts dept. -- dear editor: -- lack of a common interest -- I'm upstairs now -- as Buddha smiles -- what have I seen? -- correspondent wrote bitterly: -- moving toward age 73: -- I saw a tramp last night -- mountain of horror -- last winter -- bent -- bayonets in candlelight.