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

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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 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 more.

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060568232
  • 9780060568238
  • 152,744

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from "neither Shakespeare nor Mickey Spillane"

young young young, only wanting the Word, going mad in the streets and in the bars, brutal fights, broken glass, crazy women screaming inyour cheap room, you a familiar guest at the drunk tank, NorthAvenue 21, Lincoln Heights

sifting through the madness for the Word, the line the way, hoping for a check from somewhere, dreaming of a letter from a great editor: "Chinaski, you don't know how long we've beenwaiting for you!"

no chance at all.
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About Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for more than fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.
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2,104 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 46% (962)
4 37% (772)
3 14% (302)
2 3% (54)
1 1% (14)
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