>>7562226 I can't speak for his poetry, but for his fiction, if you've read one you'e read them all. I'm not saying his work isn't enjoyable or worthwhile, but if you only read one of his books you'll get all there is to get from his body of work as a whole. But some are definitely better than others, and Factotum is definitely the best. I would say start with that, and if you like it keep going. If not, you won't be missing out on anything.
>>7562226 I started with Post office, then went on to Factotum. I'll be reading women next and if I can find it, Ham on Rye. However if you wanted to read his work chronologically, start with Ham on Rye, then to Factotum, Post office and then Women. Those are the main prose works, his poetry is pretty fine as well, but I only have The Last Night of the Earth Poems, which so far is a good read.
a lovely writer, I actually appreciate him more the older I get..he's kind of like a father figure in that way...started out respecting him blindly...went through a phase where I was like "old man don't know dick" but the older I get, the more I come back to his poems and find some genuine wisdom there...also one of the few, very few poems, who evoke laughter and for that he's a nietzschean if for nothing else...fuck keats, wordsworth, yeats at all a bunch of fuckin poofs who don't speak a moment of truth...Bukowski and Dylan Thomas and Ezra Pound for god tier English poetry.
I like his poetry but then again, I know nothing about poetry
The flesh covers the bone and they put a mind in there and sometimes a soul, and the women break vases against the walls and the men drink too much and nobody finds the one but keep looking crawling in and out of beds. flesh covers the bone and the flesh searches for more than flesh.
there's no chance at all: we are all trapped by a singular fate.
nobody ever finds the one.
the city dumps fill the junkyards fill the madhouses fill the hospitals fill the graveyards fill
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