9780876856833

You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense

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    9780876856833

  • ISBN10:

    0876856830

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-24
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

Charles Bukowski examines cats and his childhood in You Get So Alone at Times, a book of poetry that reveals his tender side. He delves into his youth to analyze its repercussions.

Table of Contents

1813-1883
13(1)
red Mercedes
14(3)
retired
17(2)
working it out
19(2)
beasts bounding through time-
21(2)
trashcan lives
23(1)
the lost generation
24(2)
no help for that
26(1)
my non-ambitious ambition
27(2)
education
29(3)
downtown L.A
32(4)
another casualty
36(2)
driving test
38(2)
that's why funerals are so sad
40(2)
cornered
42(2)
bumming with Jane
44(2)
darkness
46(2)
termites of the page
48(3)
a good time
51(2)
the still trapeze
53(2)
January
55(2)
sunny side down
57(2)
the man in the brown suit
59(3)
a magician, gone
62(3)
well, that's just the way it is
65(1)
the chemistry of things
66(4)
rift
70(3)
my friend, the parking lot attendant
73(2)
miracle
75(1)
a non-urgent poem
76(2)
my first affair with that older woman
78(2)
the freeway life
80(3)
the player
83(2)
p.o. box 11946, Fresno, Calif. 93776
85(2)
poor Al
87(2)
for my ivy league friends:
89(2)
helping the old
91(1)
bad times at the 3rd and Vermont hotel
92(2)
the Master Plan
94(2)
garbage
96(3)
my vanishing act
99(2)
let's make a deal
101(2)
16-bit Intel 8088 chip
103(1)
zero
104(1)
putrefaction
105(2)
I'll take it
107(2)
supposedly famous
109(3)
the last shot
112(1)
whorehouse
113(5)
starting fast:
118(2)
the crazy truth
120(2)
drive through hell
122(1)
for the concerned:
123(1)
a funny guy
124(1)
shoes
125(1)
coffee
126(2)
together
128(3)
the finest of the breed
131(2)
close to greatness
133(2)
the stride
135(2)
final story
137(2)
friends within the darkness
139(2)
death sat on my knee and cracked with laughter
141(3)
oh yes
144(1)
O tempora! O mores!
145(2)
the passing of a great one
147(2)
the wine of forever
149(2)
true
151(1)
Glenn Miller
152(1)
Emily Bukowski
153(2)
some suggestions
155(2)
invasion
157(7)
hard times
164(3)
longshot
167(4)
concrete
171(4)
Gay Paree?
175(2)
I thought the stuff tasted worse than usual
177(2)
the blade
179(2)
the boil
181(2)
not listed
183(3)
I'm not a misogynist
186(3)
the lady in the castle
189(6)
relentless as the tarantula
195(2)
their night
197(2)
huh?
199(2)
it's funny, isn't it? #1
201(5)
it's funny, isn't it? #2
206(2)
the beautiful lady editor
208(3)
about the PEN conference
211(1)
everybody talks too much
212(4)
me and my buddy
216(2)
song
218(3)
practice
221(2)
love poem to a stripper
223(2)
my buddy
225(2)
Jon Edgar Webb
227(2)
thank you
229(2)
the magic curse
231(2)
party's over
233(1)
no nonsense
234(1)
escape
235(1)
wearing the collar
236(1)
a cat is a cat is a cat is a cat
237(2)
marching through Georgia
239(1)
gone
240(1)
I meet the famous poet
241(6)
seize the day
247(2)
the shrinking island
249(2)
magic machine
251(2)
those girls we followed home
253(3)
fractional note
256(2)
a following
258(2)
a tragic meeting
260(6)
an ordinary poem
266(2)
from an old dog in his cups
268(2)
let 'em go
270(2)
trying to make it
272(2)
the death of a splendid neighborhood
274(3)
you get so alone at times that it just makes sense
277(2)
a good gang, after all
279(1)
this
280(1)
hot
281(1)
late late late poem
282(2)
3 a.m. games:
284(4)
someday I'm going to write a primer for crippled saints but meanwhile
288(2)
help wanted
290(1)
sticks and stones
291(2)
working
293(3)
over done
296(2)
our laughter is muted by their agony
298(1)
murder
299(2)
what am I doing?
301(1)
nervous people
302(1)
working out
303(1)
how is your heart?
304(2)
forget it
306(1)
quiet
307(5)
it's ours
312

Excerpts

listening to Wagner

as outside in the dark the wind blows a cold rain the

trees wave and shake lights go

off and on the walls creak and the cats run under the

bed . . .

Wagner battles the agonies, he's emotional but

solid, he's the supreme fighter, a giant in a world of

pygmies, he takes it straight on through, he breaks

barriers

an

astonishing FORCE of sound as

everything here shakes

shivers

bends

blasts

in fierce gamble

yes, Wagner and the storm intermix with the wine as

nights like this run up my wrists and up into my head and

back down into the

gut

some men never

die

and some men never

live

but we're all alive

tonight.

(Continues...)

Excerpted from You Get So Alone at Times by Charles Bukowski Copyright 2003 by Charles Bukowski
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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