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There is not a wasted word in Dangling in the Tournefortia, a selection of poems full of wit, struggles, perception, and simplicity. Charles Bukowski writes of women, gambling and booze while his words remain honest and pure....

Title : Dangling in the Tournefortia
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ISBN : 9780876855256
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Dangling in the Tournefortia Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-05-12 19:57

    A very solid time frame for Bukowski. He was at the top of his writing powers, and letting his poems run free, without forcing them or thinking he had to be a Poet rather than a poet. His poems here have a great deal of pain, a rather greater amount of pride, and the brash simplicity of his thoughts echo that subset of my own thoughts that are probably best left unstated. I often wonder how often Buk himself stated these thoughts out loud. It's very easy to confess your hatred and desires (and the combination of the two) to a beer can: did he do it in real life? I mean, I know he could be an asshole in real life...but could he do it and still be a poet?Doesn't really matter. He did it here and I like it. And it soothes me to know that I'm not alone.

  • Gretchen
    2019-05-19 19:14

    Ehhhh... This isn't going to make sense but here goes: Some of these poems were good and some were not. But also, all of them seemed exactly the same. To me they were mostly indistinguishable from each other. I suppose I prefer Bukowski's novels to his poetry.

  • Vishal
    2019-05-15 14:22

    What else can I say about Bukowski's poetry, but that he inspires me to be one. To channel all the cumulative suffering into the creation of something equally tragic but not as meaningless.

  • Dane Cobain
    2019-05-07 15:14

    It’s always difficult to review a Charles Bukowski book, because they usually leave me feeling somewhat stunned. It’s like being assaulted by words and beat around the head until you get to the final page and realise it’s left you with a minor concussion. But that’s a good thing – Bukowski truly had a way with words, and in many ways he’s at his best here. Although equally, it’s hard to recommend any one of his poetry books above another.That’s because each of Bukowski’s collections has a sort of soul of its own, and this one has an older soul to go with the age of the man who wrote it. That’s not to say that he avoids any of his traditional subjects, though – women, booze and horses are out in force here. But he does look at them with the advantage of age, and it’s interesting to see how that changes his opinion on things over time.Overall though, this is just a rock solid poetry collection with some incredible chunks of wisdom on offer. You know what you’re getting with a Bukowski book – if you’ve read one before, that is – and this is a pretty typical example. Because of that, it’s not a bad collection to start with, especially because if anything, he’s a little tamer here. It reads like the collection of a man who’s finally coming to terms with his life, which in many ways, it is. That means it’s not always easy to read, but it is always sublime, and it’s entertaining along the way too. Give it a go!

  • Steven
    2019-05-18 16:59

    One of the weaker collections of Bukowski poetry I've ever read. Most of the poems were extremely similar, most of them were also quite bad with a couple good ones. Interestingly, I have a used copy of this, and the previous owner has written little notes all over it. All the notes are them talking shit about the especially bad poems.

  • Brandon
    2019-05-02 21:17

    Average collection of Bukowski poems, simple slices of life that are at times sort of boring. I hate it when Bukowski writes about his BMW, or when he complains about fans calling him on the phone. But all is not lost! There is a good cat poem in this collect ("Bad Fix") and a good poem about his father ("Slow Night"). Then there are two memorable and rather disturbing pedophilic poems: "A Gallon of Gas" and "True Confession." If I had a favorite poem in this collection it might have been "For the Little One" or maybe "Genius." Others I didn't hate: "Guest," Contemporary Literature, One," "The Woman From Germany," "Time Is Made To Be Wasted," "I Didn't Want To," "Platonic," and "It's Strange."

  • Tom Quinn
    2019-05-13 17:15

    I'm not a poetry fan, but I am a Bukowski fan. Some of these poems leap off the page and attack your brain with a ferocity unlike anything else. Others are little more than prose with funny line breaks. It's a mixed bag. Plus the content grows repetitive. Maybe it was a bad idea to read them all one after another. But then again, it could be that I'm just a poetry-hating philistine.2.5 stars out of 5.

  • Philip Fullmam
    2019-05-20 20:21

    I do this thing when I read poetry collections, I understand it's not uncommon. When I read a poem that really resonates with me, I go to the table of contents and put a star next to the title. With this book I found I was going to put a mark next most every poem I read, it was becoming a distraction. I finally gave it up, and just read. Of all the Bukowski I have read, this is my favorite collection.

  • Kacey
    2019-05-21 17:27

    "I have to tell you, faithfulness, that's something rare."I feel like this started off a little slow, but the poems got progressively better as the collection went on. By the end, I was loving it. This collection reminded me of how much I like Bukowski's poems. They are all so raw and unfiltered and that's what makes them great for me.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-11 22:08

    When I read Bukowski's poems I always feel like we're at a bar together and have much to drink. He's learning over to me with awful breath and telling me every tale that he can think of. We've known each other awhile and he's not much interested in what I have to say, but that's never bothered me.

  • Jon Awerman
    2019-05-01 17:14

    I enjoyed this immensely. It's fascinating to follow his progression as a poet and human throughout his life. There's a lot of shit in here, but it is outweighed by the beauty he more often than not stumbles upon.

  • vi macdonald
    2019-04-23 21:04

    Dear Straight Men,This guy?Really?But he's so boring?There's a lotta straight male poets you could've latched onto - why'd you pick the least interesting one from the crowd?Oh well - to each their own.Sincerely,Vi

  • Datschneids
    2019-05-04 17:06

    Probably my favorite of Bukowski. His ability to turn his extremely nihilistic viewpoints into meaningful (and often sad) prose is uncanny. Sometimes a glass-half empty approach helps one look at life a bit more objectively.

  • Ron
    2019-04-27 16:21

    The man's brilliant. You know it. I know it. What else can I say. This collection is from his later years. A bit tamer, with that old man scent, but still rock-n-roll.

  • Brad
    2019-04-30 19:00

    A huge collection of some of Bukowski's inner ramblings. Many were great, some were merely good, almost all were entertaining. He focused on what he did best -- drinking, gambling, sex. Two good quotes:"There is much good in being alonebut there is a strange warmth in not being alone." (yes)"I lost my enthusiasm for the masses at age 4." (the embracers)And one poem that I'm going to keep coming back to:we evolveat first it seems like fucking is the big thing,then after that ? social consciousness,then intellectual accomplishment,and after thatsome fall into religionothers into the arts.after that begins the gathering of moneythe stage we pretend thatmoney doesn?t matter.then it?s health and hobbies,travel, and finally just sitting aroundthinking vaguely of vague things,rooting in gardenshating flies, noise, bad weather, snails,old friends, drunks, smoking, fucking,singing, dancing, upstarts,the postman and the gives one the fidgets: waiting ondeath.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-04 22:06

    It was the third week of university and assignments had appeared out of nowhere and snowed me under. I was determined not to allow stress to take over so I dashed to the library, specifically looking for Bukowski. And I'm so glad I did. His style of writing is so haphazard whilst at the same secreting away meaning. He seems not to say much but say a lot at the same time. He is a dirty old man and he's unashamed about it, he's a drunk and he does not hide his sins. My favourite poem in this collection has to be "I didn't want to". The last verse hit me hard. I don't want to spoil it. My close second favourite being "platonic", a poem I can really relate to.Bukowski has inspired me to write without filter. Since I started reading this book, I've written over 15 poems. More importantly, he's given me the confidence to define my poetry the way I want to and I'm grateful for that.

  • Anthony Jacobson
    2019-05-07 21:04

    This was probably the second or third book of poetry I ever read outside of the British stuff that was prescribed in school. 'Dangling in the Tournefortia', like all of Bukowski's poetry collections, show a different side to the author. While still rich in the raw, visceral inclinations of his prose fiction, his poetry shows his adeptness at creating moods and sensations with strings of words. There is a sensitivity in Bukowski's poetry that is not always so obvious elsewhere. Oft criticized for misogyny, at the very least we can perceive Bukowski's profound admiration for the female form through his poetry, if not the female. In "Lisp", he tells us "she flashed her golden legs in 1940 and there was something sexy about her lisp/sexy as a hornet/as a rattler/that lisp". I have emulated Bukowski more than any other author in this history of the written language. He has taught me a great deal about economy and expression, and more than a little about women.

  • Andy
    2019-04-28 18:57

    To begin with, know I love the Buke (thanks to this book I found out that is what he preferred). But... this book must have been written towards the end. Some of his works seem to flow merely out of what he did that day, or memories with a dulled poignancy. Kind of like his work "Hollywood." The reader gets a kinder gentler Buke. Which, at times is nice, but it is the difference between a warm cup of hot chocolate, and espresso. This isn't to say that there are not some outstanding works. "yrs. Anica" is achingly beautiful. "dead again" marks an entry into a roll of poems containing vitriol. "fear and madness", "just another bad affair" with its bleak depiction of Paris, and "slow night"s unrelenting and forever incomplete conversation with his father long since passed. There is some good stuff, but much is average. But, as it is Bukowski, even the average is good.

  • Zack
    2019-05-20 22:18

    I had high hopes for this one, it being perhaps the only book by him I'd never read or even seen a copy of. Kind of a let down, though. Only a few really good ones, and I got the feeling he wasn't trying as hard as usual, as if on purpose. Not since "Come On In," a recent book of posthumous new poems, have I been so disappointed. Very readable, but lacking soul-force in a way.

  • Corey Deiterman
    2019-04-27 19:57

    More short stories and poetry from Bukowski. It's still masterful, but it's right around the time he was growing fed up with his fame and some of it becomes depressing in that aspect. Especially towards the end, it begins to focus on his increasing feeling of having sold out and his writing being fake in a way, which is a bit awkward to read. Still great though.

  • Luis Guillermo
    2019-05-12 14:04

    It's been over a month - I'd say - without reading anything but the back of the Glade while I'm sitting in the toilet. Actually, I think I haven't even read that, so it feels good to finish something. In this one, Bukowski, once again, shoots with honesty about luck, talents, women, horses, life and death. Good reading.

  • Chris S
    2019-04-27 18:58

    And here ends my Bukowski journey. After three books (TDRALWHOTH and LIADFH) I've come to the conclusion that if you've read one book of Bukowski poetry you've read them all - as the repetition of themes/subject matter soon gets quite tiresome.

  • Jay
    2019-04-27 15:05

    I didn't find many poems I liked in about the first 70 pages; after that there was a pretty normal distribution of quality for a Buke book. Starts slow, finishes good. Sounds like a horse Bukowski would have bet on.

  • jenna
    2019-05-15 19:00

    I give this book 5 stars for two reasons; one: it's about the only poetry I can read and appreciate on my own, two: it's simply anti-hero brilliance! The poems make me think, make me feel, make me laugh-it's a good time.

  • Michael X
    2019-05-22 18:24

    This is the fourth book of poems I have read by Buk. It is a little more tender than the last few I have read, but there are some harsh ones, too. Overall, Buk is Buk and it was a good read.

  • Subhankar Das
    2019-05-12 19:26

    Translated 6 poems in Bangla from this book.

  • Erin
    2019-04-27 22:01

    A big surprise gift first edition! I see some of his smuttier/pedophilic writing creeping into his poems in this one.

  • Betsy Wheaton
    2019-04-26 18:14

    One of my favorite poets. This collection includes one of my favorites - 'yes'.

  • Matt Long
    2019-04-26 21:22

    Been a long since I last read Buk and this was just like the first time we met- I soared through the pages in a day and I'm grasping desperately for the next in line.

  • Lloyd Francis
    2019-05-05 16:17

    I usually do not understand poetry. But this book really brought an element of life that is so raw, it compelled me to read it cover to cover, more than once.