Betting on the Muse

ISBN-10: 1574230018
ISBN-13: 9781574230017
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Charles Bukowski
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Description: Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.

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List price: $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.088

Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.

Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, on August 16, 1920. He came to the United States with his parents when he was three years old and spent his early years in poverty. As a young man he was a transient, doing odd jobs. He lived most of his live in boarding houses in the Los Angeles area. He attended Los Angeles City College briefly. He worked for the United States Postal Service for about ten years. Bukowski was at home with street people and his work contains a brutal realism and graphic imagery. He began publishing short stories in the mid-1940s. Starting with Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail in 1959, he produced poetry collections almost once a year. His following had grown by the time his collection of poetry about down-and-outers titled It Catches My Heart in Its Hands appeared in 1963. His short story collections include Dirty Old Man and Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. His novels, with an autobiographical character called Henry Chinaski, include Post Office and Factotum. Bukowski wrote the screenplay for the 1987 motion picture Barfly. He later wrote about the filming of Barfly in his novel, Hollywood. Bukowski died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994.

Splash
The women
The monkey
Whistler
The pleasures of the damned
Those marvelous lunches
Panties
The dead flowers of myself
Me against the world
The snails
Again
The World War One movies
To hell and back in a buggy carriage
Stages
Escape
Woman on the street
Confession of a Coward
The secret
Somebody else
A View from the Quarter, March 12th, 1965
Drink
Black and white
And all the snow melted
An empire of coins
A Nickel
Nature poem
Warning
Answer to a note on the dresser
You don't know
Let not
The death of a roach
The unwritten
Right now
The sheep
Piss
Last fight
Defining the magic
Writing
Views
The strong man
The terror
The kiss-off
Betting on the muse
The Unaccommodating Universe
Met a man on the street
Hell is now
The kid
"To Serve and Protect"
Bad day
The dick
Fall of the Roman Empire
People
Ransom
It's difficult for them
Think of it
Chicken giblets
The lover
No win
The Star
An evaluation
Neon
They think this is the way it's done
The pile-up
12 minutes to post
As the poems go
The telephone
Hideaway
This dirty, valiant game
Stay out of my slippers, you fool
The voice
The bard of San Francisco
On biographies
A real break
Avoiding humanity
What Happened to the Loving, Laughing Girl in the Gingham Dress?
The luck of the word
Bad form
Last call
The shape of the Star
Upon reading a critical review
Paris, what?
A social call
The girls we followed home
Slow starter
Barstool
Look back, look up
Paris
The good soul
Lousy mail
The Suicide
Confession of a genius
Traffic report
Hands
Final score
The misanthrope
Putting it to bed
The trash can
Block
Storm
The similarity
My Madness
Pastoral
Finis
That rare good moment
Doesn't seem like much
Strange luck
Until it hurts
Death in the Afternoon
The gods
Floss, brush and flush
A great show
Epilogue
Fante
It got away
The luck of the draw
Let it enfold you
The 13th month
Finis, II
The observer
August, 1993
This night
Betting on now
Decline
In the mouth of the tiger
The laughing heart
A challenge to the dark
So now?

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