Burning in water, Drowning in flame..
يوليو 27, 2017
European countries have acknowledged Bukowski years before America did, and I don’t believe it was because of racism, as he was German on his mother side; but I think the tornado Bukowski was quickly creating in poetic text made the American literary foundation uncomfortable and he wouldn’t accept to be a follower of any literary or political foundation because of the nature of his personal behavior. Bukowski’s voice subsided as he stayed independent without any official sponsorship in light of his distance from any cultural or media presence. His only presence was on top of women chests, on the bar stools and in the street alleys between the drunks; those by the way are the ones that have given him his Bukowskian slang dictionary that you will know and see its difference from the rest of the English dictionary especially when you read it in its mother language and not the Arabic translation of the poetic texts if you would know he’s written over seventy books most of them were in poetry.
Features of Bukowski’s poetry:
The music and rhythm and in Bukowski’s poems are magical and attracts you to finish the poemand the full collection that’s is between your hands.
My years of reading Arabic poetry made me, with full confidence, say that the Arabic poet is cares greatly about the beginning and the end as a part of building a text. While Bukowski and most foreign poetry don’t care for such thing as they focus more on the poetic image and the message the poem carries. But that doesn’t mean they care for the beginning and the end, just look at the poem of (Tagore: Bengal’s poet) or (Pushkin: Russia’s port) and many others.
His poems are also characterized by the abundance of metaphors and he knows how to use them well.
The poet’s technique comes from the environment he/she belongs to and the his/her surrounding, that’s on top of the readings done that help in building his linguistic dictionary. When I read the six novels that Bukowski wrote then his poems, I was not surprised from his vocabulary where the cursing and all the anger words were present. But he contributed in talking about the working class, the marginalized and the poor.
He talk about everyone, not just the marginalized that lay their bodies on the roads but also the marginalized that sit to watch horse racings, and he talks about a poor bull that people watch and finds the bull better than most humans.