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Transcript of Bukowski
From Heinrich to Charles The Bukowskis relocated in Maryland after enduring the collapse of the German economy post WWII. Growing up, Bukowski was shy because of a severe acne problem. The German Boy was introduced to alcohol-his "cure" adjusting to America. "This alcohol is going to help me for a long time," he wrote describing his alcoholism. After graduating from Los Angeles High School, he attended Los Angeles City College engulfing himself in art, literature and journalism courses. Life After College Arrested for avoiding the draft in 1944, Bukkowski was found mentally unstable for war anyway, when he failed a psychological exam.
When he was 24 his short story, "Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip" was published and several other short books followed. However, Bukowski grew frustrated with the publication process and stopped writing for a decade, earning the name, "ten year drunk."
However, it was this time period that inspired Bukowski to write some of his later, more radical poetry. Later Writing of C.B. In 1962, Jane Baker, his first true love passed away. This devastated Bukowski. He decided to take his pain and turn it into poetry, to mourn her loss. When he was 49, he quit his job at the post office and accepted an offer from Black Sparrow Press. Bukowski's short fiction pieces focus in on drinking and anti-social behavior which creates an idiom that mocks academe and emphasizes his idiosyncratic style. His style which is based off of experience, direct language and often his imagination, has caused harsh criticisms. His writing helped spark what is now known as "dirty realism," which was most prominent from the 1970's to the 1980's. Bukowski is most famous for his violent and sexual imagery while using "hard edged prose." His graphic usage has caused some critics to classify Bukowski as a mysogynist while others believe he uses his writing to satirize his "macho stance" through his writings of sex, drugs, and alcohol. 8 Count Alone With Everybody Analysis "Alone With Everbody" How does Bukowski's use of imagery establish a tone of desolation and despair?
Does this strike you as particularly poetic? Why/why not? How does this help Bukowski's message? Evaluation Do you agree that life is vacuous and empty?
After hearing Bukowski's biography, do you think Bukowski is justified in feeling this way about life? Synthesis How can the problems in Bukowski's poem be related to those in other literature? "8 Count" Analysis
What is the significance of the birds?
How do his short stanzas and lines contribute to the overall message?
Do you notice any unorthodox techniques?
Can you relate to Bukowski's feelings and how might you stave off this plight and become inspired?
Why is this effective?
How else do you think the author could have illustrated his boredom? Why is it so hard to find inspiration