Love is a Dog From Hell
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Love is a Dog From Hell

Charles Bukowski

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Charles Bukowski

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A classic in the Bukowski poetry canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.

A book that captures the Dirty Old Man of American letters at his fiercest and most vulnerable, on a subject that hits home with all of us. Charles Bukowski was a man of intense emotions, someone an editor once called a "passionate madman." Alternating between tough and gentle, sensitive and gritty, Bukowski lays bare the myriad facets of love—its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance, and redemptive power.

"there is a loneliness in this world so great

that you can see it in the slow movement of

the hands of a clock."

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Is the slim tall
bedroom damsel
dressed in a long
She’s always high
in heels
Sandra leans out of
her chair
I wait for her head
to hit the closet
as she attempts to
a new cigarette on an
almost burnt-out
At 32 she likes
young neat
unscratched boys
with faces like the bottoms
of new saucers
She has proclaimed as much
to me
has brought her prizes
over for me to view:
silent blonde zeros of young
a) sit
b) stand
c) talk
at her command
Sometimes she brings one
sometimes two
sometimes three
for me to
Sandra looks very good in
long gowns
Sandra could probably break
a man’s heart
I hope she finds
You’re a beast, she said
your big white belly
and those hairy feet.
You never cut your nails
and you have fat hands
paws like a cat
your bright red nose
and the biggest balls
I’ve ever seen.
You shoot sperm like a
whale shoots water out of the
hole in its back.
Beast beast beast,
she kissed me,
what do you want for
I’m big
I suppose that’s why my women always seem
but this 6 foot goddess
who deals in real estate
and art
and flies from Texas
to see me
and I fly to Texas
to see her—
well, there’s plenty of her to
grab hold of
and I grab hold of it
of her,
I yank her head back by the hair,
I’m real macho,
I suck on her upper lip
her cunt
her soul
I mount her and tell her,
“I’m going to shoot white hot
juice into you. I didn’t fly all the
way to Galveston to play
Later we lay locked like human vines
my left arm under her pillow
my right arm over her side
I grip both of her hands,
and my chest
tangle into her
and through us
in the dark
pass rays
back and forth
back and forth
until I fall away
and we sleep.
She’s wild
but kind
my 6 foot goddess
makes me laugh
the laughter of the mutilated
who still need
and her blessed eyes
run deep into her head
like mountain springs
far in
cool and good.
She has saved me
from everything that is
not here.

I’ve seen too many glazed-eyed bums sitting under a bridge drinking cheap wine

You sit...

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APA 6 Citation
Bukowski, C. (2009). Love is a Dog From Hell ([edition unavailable]). HarperCollins. Retrieved from (Original work published 2009)
Chicago Citation
Bukowski, Charles. (2009) 2009. Love Is a Dog From Hell. [Edition unavailable]. HarperCollins.
Harvard Citation
Bukowski, C. (2009) Love is a Dog From Hell. [edition unavailable]. HarperCollins. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Bukowski, Charles. Love Is a Dog From Hell. [edition unavailable]. HarperCollins, 2009. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.