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What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire - Charles Bukowski

What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire

Paperback Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9781574231052
Number Of Pages: 416

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This second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s.

My father and the bump. 17
Legs, hips and behindp. 18
Igloop. 20
The micep. 22
My gardenp. 24
Legs and white thighsp. 25
Mademoiselle from Armentieresp. 26
My father's big-time flingp. 29
The bakers of 1935p. 31
The peoplep. 35
The pretty girl who rented roomsp. 36
Too soonp. 38
Canned heat?p. 40
Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 1939p. 43
Scene from 1940p. 46
My big momentp. 47
Daylight saving timep. 50
The railroad yardp. 51
Horseshitp. 52
Man's best friendp. 54
The sensitive, young poetp. 56
Hungerp. 58
The first onep. 61
The night I saw George Raft in Vegasp. 63
No titlep. 65
Too many blacksp. 66
White dogp. 68
Blue beads and bonesp. 69
Ax and bladep. 71
Some notes on Bach and Haydnp. 73
Born to losep. 76
Phillipe's 1950p. 78
In the lobbyp. 79
He knows us allp. 81
Victory!p. 82
More argumentp. 84
Wind the clockp. 87
What?p. 88
She comes from somewherep. 89
Lifedancep. 90
The bellsp. 91
Full moonp. 93
Everywhere, everywherep. 94
About a trip to Spainp. 95
Van Goghp. 96
Vallejop. 98
When the violets roar at the sunp. 99
The professionalsp. 100
The 8 count concertop. 102
An afternoon in Februaryp. 104
Cricketsp. 106
The angel who pushed his wheelchairp. 108
The circus of deathp. 111
The man?p. 114
Christmas poem to a man in jailp. 115
Snake eyes?p. 119
My friends down at the cornerp. 121
Smiling, shining, singingp. 122
Brucknerp. 124
This momentp. 126
One more good onep. 127
You do it while you're killing fliesp. 133
The 12 hour nightp. 134
Plants which easily winter killsp. 137
The last poetry readingp. 139
Probably sop. 143
Assaultp. 144
Raw with lovep. 148
Wide and movingp. 150
Demisep. 151
The pactp. 153
75 million dollarsp. 155
Butterfliesp. 157
4 Christsp. 159
$180 gonep. 162
Blue head of deathp. 164
Young menp. 166
The meaning of it allp. 167
Guess who?p. 169
I want a mermaidp. 170
An unusual placep. 172
In this city now--p. 174
Captain Goodwinep. 177
Morning lovep. 180
An old jockeyp. 182
Hard times on Carlton Wayp. 184
We needed himp. 186
Nanap. 188
Poor Mimip. 189
A boy and his dogp. 192
The dangerous ladiesp. 194
Sloppy lovep. 196
Winter: 44th yearp. 203
Hollywood Ranch Marketp. 204
Rapep. 207
Gone awayp. 211
Note left on the dresser by a lady friendp. 213
Legsp. 215
The artistp. 217
Revolt in the ranksp. 219
Life of the kingp. 221
The silver mirrorp. 223
Hunchbackp. 225
Me and Capotep. 227
The savior: 1970p. 230
La femme finiep. 233
Beastp. 234
Artistic selfishnessp. 236
My literary flyp. 237
Memoryp. 239
Carlton Way off Western Ave.p. 241
At the zoop. 243
Coke bluesp. 244
Nobody homep. 245
Woman in the supermarketp. 247
Fast trackp. 249
Hanging there on the wallp. 251
The hookers, the madmen and the doomedp. 253
Looking for Jackp. 255
Apprenticesp. 257
38,000-to-onep. 259
A touch of steelp. 261
Brown and solemnp. 263
Timep. 264
Nobody knows the trouble I've seenp. 266
The way it worksp. 268
Bright lights and serpentsp. 270
Mean and stingyp. 272
$100p. 274
This particular warp. 276
German barp. 277
Floor jobp. 278
The icecream peoplep. 280
Like a cherry seed in the throatp. 282
The ordinary cafe of the worldp. 285
On shavingp. 287
School daysp. 291
Neither a borrower nor a lender bep. 293
Sometimes even putting a nickel into a parking meter feels good--p. 297
Mahlerp. 299
Fellow countrymanp. 300
The young man on the bus stop benchp. 303
Computer classp. 305
Imagep. 309
The crunch (2)p. 312
I'll send you a postcardp. 315
Bravo!p. 316
Downtownp. 318
The blue pigeonp. 320
Combat primerp. 321
Thanks for thatp. 323
They arrived in timep. 324
Oddp. 326
An interludep. 328
Anonymityp. 330
What's it all mean?p. 332
One-to-fivep. 333
Insanityp. 337
Farewell my lovelyp. 339
Comments upon my last book of poesyp. 341
A correction to a lady of poesyp. 343
Beethoven conducted his last symphony while totally deafp. 346
On the sidewalk and in the sunp. 348
What do they want?p. 350
I hear all the latest hit tunesp. 352
Am I the only one who suffers thus?p. 354
On lighting a cigarp. 358
The cigarette of the sunp. 361
To lean back into itp. 363
Dog fight 1990p. 365
I used to feel sorry for Henry Millerp. 367
Locked inp. 369
Wastedp. 372
Sunday lunch at the Holy Missionp. 374
Slaughterp. 375
A vote for the gentle lightp. 377
Be alonep. 379
I inheritp. 381
Another dayp. 384
Tabby catp. 386
The gamblersp. 388
The crowdp. 389
Trouble in the nightp. 391
3 old men at separate tablesp. 393
The singerp. 395
Stuck with itp. 397
Action on the cornerp. 400
No gurup. 402
In this cage some songs are bornp. 404
My moviep. 405
A new warp. 407
Roll the dicep. 408
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ISBN: 9781574231052
ISBN-10: 1574231057
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.45

Charles Bukowski


About the Author


harles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His writing often featured a depraved metropolitan environment, downtrodden members of American society, direct language, violence, and sexual imagery, and many of his works center around a roughly autobiographical figure named Henry Chinaski. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (Black Sparrow, 1994), Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994..

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