Drunk Poetry: Bukowski’s Thoughts On Beer

August 22, 2017

There’s no denying that the poet Charles Bukowski had two great talents. He could write, and he could drink. Combine the two together and we are left with some insightful quotes on one of his drinks of choice- beer.

After I found that Bukowski’s poem ‘Beer’ from Love Is A Mad Dog From Hell had been turned into a video (above) by director Nerdo, I felt inspired to collect a few quotes from the man himself talking about beer. So here they are, all in one yeasty smelling corner of the internet. You’re welcome.

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“stay with the beer.

beer is continuous blood.

a continuous lover.” – Love Is A Dog From Hell

“I am for the small man who has not forgotten, for the man who loves his beer and his women and his sunlight” – Living On Luck

“I think a man can keep on drinking for centuries, he’ll never die; especially wine or beer…I like drunkards, man, because drunkards, they come out of it, and they’re sick and they spring back, they spring back and forth…If I hadn’t been a drunkard, I probably would have committed suicide long ago.” – The Charles Bukowski Tapes

  “2 p.m. beer

nothing matters
but flopping on a mattress
with cheap dreams and a beer
as the leaves die and the horses die
and the landladies stare in the halls;
brisk the music of pulled shades,
a last man’s cave
in an eternity of swarm
and explosion;
nothing but the dripping sink,
the empty bottle,
youth fenced in,
stabbed and shaven,
taught words
propped up
to die.”  – Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame

“We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” – Life Magazine 1988

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“My beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead Christmas trees of the world.”

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