Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way

Sifting Through the Madness for the Word the Line the Way One of the most recognizable poets of the last century Charles Bukowski is simultaneously a common man and an icon of urban depravity He uses strong blunt language to describe life as he lives it a

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  • Title: Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way
  • Author: Charles Bukowski John Martin
  • ISBN: 9780060568238
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most recognizable poets of the last century, Charles Bukowski is simultaneously a common man and an icon of urban depravity He uses strong, blunt language to describe life as he lives it, and through it all charts the mutations of morality in modern America.Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way is a treasure trove of confessional poetry wrOne of the most recognizable poets of the last century, Charles Bukowski is simultaneously a common man and an icon of urban depravity He uses strong, blunt language to describe life as he lives it, and through it all charts the mutations of morality in modern America.Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way is a treasure trove of confessional poetry written towards then end of Bukowski s life With the overhang of failing health and waning fame, he reflects on his travels, his gambling and drinking, working, not working, sex and love, eating, cats, and .Sifting Through is Bukowski at his most meditative published posthumously, it s completely non performative, and gets to the heart of Bukowski s lifelong pursuit of natural language and raw honesty.We recommend you read this as Bukowski wrote by sifting through the madness for what hits you as the word, the line, the way.

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    1. Bukowski is one of the most recognizable names in contemporary American poetry, probably so popular because his poems are so easy to read. He uses strong, simple language, raw pessimistic tone and blunt honesty to describe everything from feeding his cats to the state of morality in modern America. This collection confirms one more aspect of Bukowski's body of poetic work, produced, as he writes in a work called "found poems," at the rate of ten or twelve poems a night: namely, that the primary [...]

    2. "Why do we embroider everything we sayWith special emphasisWhen all we really need to doIs simply say whatNeeds to be said?"This is one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading Bukowski's poetry. The pretension isn't there, the frills and things to impress aren't there - just this "raw honesty" that is often used to describe him. It felt real to me and pure - even if I wasn't impressed by some of the subject matter or stories. It doesn't matter, he says it anyways, and that's what I like about it."S [...]

    3. Yes. See, Charles knew exactly what I neededTHIS is what I neededTHIS. WHAT FOLLOWS. NOWbody but younobody can save you will be put again and againinto nearly impossiblesituationsey will attempt again and againthrough subterfuge, guise andforceto make you submit, quit and /or die quietlyinsidebody can save you butyourselfand it will be easy enough to failso very easilybut don’t, don’t, don’t.just watch themsten to them you want to be like that?a faceless, mindless, heartles [...]

    4. I was unimpressed with 90% of the Bukowski I've read before I self-identified as feminist. Finishing the last half of this collection was cringe-worthy.But I liked this poem:"little poem"little sun little moon little dogand a little to eat and a little to loveand a little to live forin a little roomfilled with littlemicewho gnaw and dance and run while I sleepwaiting for a little deathin the middle of a little morningin a little cityin a little statemy little mother deadmy little father deadin a [...]

    5. Increíble!! Bukowski me encantó, no lo conocía hasta leer este poemario brutal y me quedé fascinado. Poesía nueva para mí, una nueva concepción por la misma. Sé que será inspiración tangible para siempre.

    6. 150 poems, 400 posthumous pages, from the wildly, sometimes humorously anti-academic poet/icon of depravity, writing in his seventies, looking back at his crazy life of debauchery from the perspective of failing health, wealth, prosperity, fame. Recalling the past, often in arrogance, in a foul mood, trashing everyone along the wayd yet he comes off as down to earth, a common man, a drunken, whoring and race track kinda guy til the end I prefer the earlier Bukowski who was living the life rather [...]

    7. This book is one of several poetry collections that were edited together by John Martin, Bukowski’s long-term editor, from a ream of material that he left behind to be published after his death. I actually like most of this more recently published stuff the most, in part because I think he got better with age and in part because I think he left some of his most personal stuff to be published after he was gone.For the first time ever, I actually tabbed this collection with sticky labels so that [...]

    8. To be quite honest, this was a slow burn for me. Once I was finally submerged, I enjoyed it, but man was it a slow start! This was my first reading of anything by Bukowski. I really wondered whether Bukowski would actually want these published in life. Some of them seem subpar.

    9. my life as a sitcomstepped into the wrong end of the jacuzzi and twisted my right leg which was bad anyhow, then that night got drunkwith a tv writer and an actor, something aboutusing mylife into a sitcom and luckily that fell through and the nextday at the track I get a box seat in the dining area,get a menu and a glass of water, my leg is really paining me, Ican barely walk to the betting windows and back,thenabout the 3rd race the waiter rushes by, asks "can Iborrow your menu?" but he doesn' [...]

    10. I think I'm going to stop writing poetry because I could never write anything better than Bukowski. I read the library's copy and then a few years later just had to buy my own copy in 2016 because I could not get some of the poems out of my head. That and most of my library's Bukowski stuff has been stolen.I have no idea why this year I've yearned to read Bukowski more than any other author. As I get older I find that he's the only writer who is writing about the reality I find myself stuck in. [...]

    11. Bukowski's raw and raunchy poetic ramblings about his drunken, prostitute-filled life on skid row LA is the opposite of what I thought I'd ever like. He tells it like it is and does not candy coat. His repulsive life style is redeemed with his many ode's to his one true love, Jane. For me, one who will hopefully never live the life that Bukowski writes about, I actually enjoy taking a mental romp down those harrowing streets and living for a few poems that dirty life, relishing the feeling that [...]

    12. The last 50 pages of this book. I just don't have any words to express the understanding I felt Relating to old dead poets and not many other people is usually my thing, anyway, but this took it to a whole new level. It's one of his best volumes, his insights are full of wisdom, existential thoughts, and just how it is to be beaten down by life but still get up time and time again. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in a "misery loves company" mood or having an existential crisis of some kin [...]

    13. this was my first introduction to bukowski and what a nice bet. written when he was older, established, settled down a bit. it flows well, however the writings towards the end of the book get a bit unimportant. just daily scribe it appears. all in all, highly recommended as a bukowski starter. (it gives a nice glimpse while you work your way back to his younger years when he was all fired up!)

    14. loved many of these poems. i really like how he sticks to simple things, not really trying to be deep or complex.

    15. Excellent collection of poems from toward the end of Bukowski's career. Here he's transcended the drunken brawler and reached a sage-like wisdom. Buy it and read it.

    16. Devastating, disgusting, inspiring and amazingly, unbearably human. I liked love is a dog Better, but still

    17. Some of these were legitimately pretty good.Like, it wasn't great - and there were still plenty of horribly uncomfortable moments - but it was intermittently pretty decent.

    18. Magandang basahin at pagkunan ng pilosopiyang pang millenial. Bagay para sa mga hindi maintindihan kung saan, ano, paano, bakit, sino, kailan sila babangon sa kinahihigaang kama ng komportableng kakulangan at katanungan. Pakiramdam ko sinulatan ako ni Bukowski.Translates: relatable, can be a source of philosophical pointers for millenials - especially those who are on the verge of existential pursuing, those who are finding it hard to get up from their comfortable beds of despair and being lost. [...]

    19. Bukowski is the poet laureate of saying the same thing 800 times in 400 poems. These poems are just like all his other poems, about a life constructed out of women, drinking, writing, poverty, and gambling. Bukowski himself remains blameless and judgmental: he has lived the best life, and those who haven't dedicated themselves to wine and horse racing are leisure class bullshit artists. it's all very very boring collection of poetry should ever top out at 400 pages.

    20. Bukowski writes about life. The life he sees. He does not seem to try to explain it. Which makes him so much better than petty academic servants with their tin cups begging the state for a bigger pension, whining at any time of the day about how disrespected they can be. Bukowski is free. And his freedom inspires.

    21. A comedic and funny take on life. It's a good way to go into the mind and perception of one who knows not to take life too seriously.

    22. "in the totality ofall things, of course, our petty agony is stupidand vainbut I feel that ourdreams werenot."

    23. This book. This book is written in such a raw and simplistic way, it's brutally honest, but beautifully so. This book, or better Bukowski, is what ignited my newest passion for poetry. His poems showed me that words don't need to be extravagant and overly complicated in order to describe the complex thing we call "living". I am in love with the worldview of a dead old man.

    24. I liked this collections of poems above all others I have read of his so far. You are able to see him ruminate on his crazy past, but it is often filtered through a lens of his present success and stability. I enjoy seeing an artist not lose his edge while at the same time not exceeding it, cumulating in self destruction. It's refreshing to read a collection that places poems that are bleak, funny, beautiful, hypocritical, depressing, and inspiring side by side (and he often bounces between thes [...]

    25. The fact that Charles Bukowski's Sifting Through The Madness contains more than 150 poems spanning more than 400 pages tells the reader that this poetry collection is far from average. Bukowski, probably too prolific in many things, especially writing, for his own good provides us with the gift of time in this poetry collection. Because of the breadth of Sifting Through The Madness, the reader is able to make a personal connection to poems and poet--as the title indicates, it is the job of the r [...]

    26. Not a lot to say about this book Bukowski lived an interesting life, and his work seems to both celebrate and declaim his apparent depravity. His poetry itself is rather pedestrian in form, generally leaving the reader to deal with the subject-matter in a fairly raw state, without embellishment for its own sake. In other words, there is no rhyme or meter, simply words and stories that hover somewhere between poetry and prose.If you're a fan of free-verse, this may scratch an itch. If you're a fa [...]

    27. There's something about Bukowski. I'll never be one of the foaming-at-the-mouth hero-worshippers, because there's a lot about Bukowski that I can't like or agree with, but his writing is nothing if not honest and unpretentious. I do prefer his poems to his short stories, for the most part, and this collection offers some different aspects of his work (instead of the unrelenting self-loathing, misanthropic, misogynistic misery of some collections I've come across).And every now and then Bukowski [...]

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