“Eulogy, To a Hell of a Dame” by Charles Bukowski
In this episode of “Poetry for Men,” I read “Eulogy To A Hell of a Dame” by the legendary American poet Charles Bukowski.
This poem about Bukowski’s long deceased muse, Jane, demonstrates not just his mastery of poetic techniques, but his sense of romantic devotion. Despite being set in his familiar environment of the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Bukowski demonstrates that the values of beauty, love, and goodness nevertheless still apply. The poem is a testament to how one man loved one woman, and how her love for him lived on, long after she’d passed away.