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Love is a Dog From Hell

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But he wrote Women as a happily committed old man with a swimming pool and two Acuras in the driveway. We get some interesting and relatable results when his melancholia and cynicism and loneliness shine through, but these poems are very few and far between, having been lost in the unwieldy mass of the selfsame sexist chauvinism. Once you’ve had your fill though, the time comes to move forward, as this sort of ugliness can only lead to more ugliness and eventually it will fill you and drag you down with it. I haven't double-checked the printings since then, but back in 2001 Love is Dog from Hell was Bukowski's bestseller poetry book with 27 printings. This particular collection couldn’t be more fitting to find these notes written years earlier (I have a few other books where we both wrote notes to each other, such as Thus Spoke Zarathustra which we were both reading at the same time while he was our ‘guy on couch’ at an old apartment), both with Bukowski’s discussions of loneliness, but as it was indicative of my current state at that time.

For vintage Bukowski at his best I would recommend 'The Days Run Away like Wild Horses over the Hills.He did not really like people, probably a lot of that having to do with his fear of being hurt by others. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.

And I have very low tolerance for people who want to eloquently bemoan about their shitty lives without seemingly caring to get their shit together.First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. It is hard to remain unmoved by almost anything by Bukowski, although how deeply you relate to his view of the world and the people in it will depend on your personal experience. Without the proper intelligence, love doesn't exist and I'm not talking about IQ or intelligence for getting good grades in school, but the intelligence related to experiencing emotions and love.

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