«Great poets die in steaming pots of shit.» (Bukowski’s Motto – here: Introducing his chapbook: «Poems Written Before Jumping Out Of An 8 Story Window», 1968)
Video: Excerpt from «The Charles Bukowski Tapes (II)» by Barbet Schröder / 1985 (Bukowski on the site of the 8 story Window jump – contemplating it.)
«Sex is interesting, but not the only thing decisive.
I’d like to say it’s not even as important
(technically) as is shitting.
A man can be 70 years old,
without ever having pushed a number,
but without a bowel, he may be dead in a week.»
– Charles Bukowski («Notes of a Dirty Old Man», 1969)
In the late 60s, Bukowski’s reputation spread through the entire underground of L.A. The magazine «Open City» committed him to a weekly column. That was the birth of the legendary «Notes …». Here Bukowski was able to enjoy his heart’s content. He wrote on all subjects – from bad museums, about the death of Kennedy – to advice for suicides. Such a «column» had never existed before. The book published a selection of them – and was one of the first to make Bukowski known to the German public – in his birthcountry.
«From a certain point onwards there is no return. This point must be reached. » — «Von einem gewissen Punkt an gibt es keine Rückkehr mehr. Dieser Punkt ist zu erreichen.»
(From Franz Kafka’s «Betrachtungen über Sünde, Leid, Hoffnung und den wahren Weg», 1917-19)