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Charles Bukowski: SOUTH OF NO NORTH
Every year I try to re-read a Charles Bukowski book and one of his poetry collections. Currently, I am going through an early short story collection, SOUTH OF NO NORTH. He is a master in brevity, and his stories are raw, dirty, and funny in a very human way. His poetry holds some of his best work, poking at the wound that is our shared humility. You will either love him or hate him. But his words will stick. LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL, will be the poetry collection I read later on. This book is a good place to start. Or, HAM ON RYE, which is as close to traditional narrative as he touches.
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