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Print Poetry May 19, 1998
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Charles Bukowski
Love Is A Dog From Hell
1974-1977

Nobody could inject the sublime into the vulgar quite like Charles Bukowski. In Love is a Dog from Hell, as in his previous collections, he documents love, sex, booze, classical music, and other basic human needs. Bukowski died in 1994. Here's a snippet of what he left us:

call it love, you
skewer it good, add
cabbage and applesauce,
then heat it from the
left side,
then heat it from the right
side,
put it in a box
give it away
leave it on a doorstep
vomiting as you go
into the
hydrangea.

--from "it's the way you play the game"


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