Charles Bukowski Poems Being Read by Bukowski Himself & the Great Tom Waits


Bukowski’s own readings, 42 minutes recorded before a full house at San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center in 1972.

“Something for the Touts, the Nuns, the Grocery Store Clerks, and You”

Bukowski’s “Nirvana” as read by another vocalist: Tom Waits, who possesses a voice famously evocative of unforgiving American life, one that perhaps sounds more like that of a Bukowski poem than Bukowski’s own.