BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Henry Charles Bukowski. American poet and narrator, creator of a provocative and sordid literature, laden with great emotion and feelings.
Henry Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, on August 16, 1920. Son of an American soldier named Henry Bukowski and of a German woman named Katherine Fett. His parents moved him at the age of 2 years to the United States, to the Californian city of Los Angeles, in which he resided from 1922.
He lived a troubled childhood, in constant family confrontation, supporting the usual beatings that his father gave him. This bad environment led him from a child to alcohol consumption and literature, enjoying the stories of Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence or Henry Miller. In his teen age he had enough problems with acne, which would end up leaving scars on his face for life.
In his wandering Angelino was a boxing practitioner, gambling aficionado, runaway drinker and lover of sexual binges. His literary career begins in the decade of the 50, when he wrote poetry and stories for magazines such as «The outsider «. At the same time he worked as a postman and maintained a loving relationship with Janet Cooney Baker, who died of alcohol in 1968. This work would follow another five, all starring Henry Hank Chinaski, the alter ego of Bukowski himself, among which the path of the Loser is noteworthy (1982).
During the 60, Bukowski worked as a postman and began publishing his writings in magazines such as The Outsider and collaborating for independent media such as Open City or Los Angeles Free Press.
In 1969 he decided to devote himself exclusively to writing thanks to the confidence shown by his editor John Martin. His first work, The Postman, was published that same year.
Bukowski’s work influenced both the United States and the rest of the world, and his work was translated into more than twelve languages. His life inspired the ordinary film madness and also Barfly, whose script was written by the author himself.
Bukowski’s poetry, which he liked boast having written his first poem with 35 years, is marked by a gritty and lyrical realism to a time, explicit, sometimes tender and brutal in others, abundant in autobiographical data, personal and full of Acidic humour and disenchanted. He never abandoned his production in verse which, over the years, was becoming more direct, more sober.
Author of 27 Books of vehement poems in English language and of a hundred scandals, famous for narrations like «piped music «, «erections, ejaculations and Exhibits «, «a woman is wanted «, or by the ordinary statements of the book-interview «What I like best is to scratch my armpits.»
Charles Bukowski is one of the central figures of American dirty realism. The one whose writing was characterized by his brutal and plain style that made him a cursed author like Céline, Henry Miller or Carver (although only comparable to himself).
Bukowski’s tales are gathered in several volumes. The best known, erections, ejaculations, Exhibitions (1972), collects stories appeared in several underground magazines. His work inspired a film, Ordinary madness, to Marco Ferreri, to which would follow Barfly (1989), of Barbet Schroeder and with screenplay of Bukowski himself. Bukowski’s prose is, if possible, more autobiographical, in 90% according to the author himself, than his poetry, and is the one that has given fame among Spanish-speaking readers.
He wrote in his last bed, by way of rites, the poem «Confession «. He was the last «cursed» writer in American literature. For five decades, his books were mordants chronicles on the Wild Side of life, and earned him millions of devout readers around the world. But as he himself indicates in one of his autobiographical books (as in his diary or in the account of his European tour) it was in Europe where he was discovered. American readers were always afraid. In an article published in the Californian newspaper San Francisco Chronicle, you can read the following review: «No contemporary American writer has disqualified the American dream with as much perseverance as Charles Bukowski. » It was probably By Bukowski’s daring that his readers emerged in America.
Charles Bukowski and the Chimera of death in his poem all
Death is interposed like the impassable wall that even man fails to bring down. To keep it away is a chimera and the fact of admitting it becomes unthinkable, since to represent itself without life becomes one of the greatest human frustrations. Many believe that the possibility of a contact with death provides an opportunity to reconnect with desire in an unprecedented way. The emotional intelligence of people influences when it comes to understanding this unpostponable event that the more intelligently they manage to deal with it in the course that it arrives, their life will be fuller.
Socrates said: The true philosopher is always worried about death and dying. Making a fair analogy we could say the same but with the writer and poet who was Charles Bukowski. His concern for death and the dead explicitly expresses it in his poem all. It surpasses the borders of death and dead to take us on a path as rugged as the previous, sense of life, goals, goals, etc…
Death as deliverance from Sorrows, Sorrows, Anguishes. Autonomy in the face of the miseries of daily life that are pressing us in the human. Form of redemption, of encounter with the true self and the inner strength that draws the essence of good that man has. A poem about the reality of living and speculating on the lives of the dead. Thus we started in Bukowski’s all:
The dead don’t need aspirin
But maybe they need rain
But a place to walk.
But a place to burn.