Rank Bukowski's books

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Here, at long last, is your chance to choose your favorite Bukowski books and influence the course of human events for all time. We have broken the books down into categories, all you have to do is pick one from each group.

View the results here, or cast your vote below.

Novels
Post Office  1971
Factotum  1975
Women  1978
Ham On Rye  1982
Hollywood  1989
Pulp  1994

Poetry
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills  1969
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck  1972
Burning In Water Drowning In Flame  1974
Love Is A Dog From Hell  1977
Play The Piano Drunk Like A Percussion Instrument Until The Fingers Begin To Bleed A Bit  1979
Dangling In The Tournefortia  1981
War All The Time  1984
You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense  1986
The Roominghouse Madrigals  1988
Septuagenarian Stew  1990 (includes some prose)
The Last Night Of The Earth Poems  1992

Prose, other
Notes Of A Dirty Old Man  1969
South Of No North  1973
Hot Water Music  1983
The Most Beautiful Woman In Town And Other Stories/Tales Of Ordinary Madness  1983
Portions From A Wine-Stained Notebook  2008
Absence of the Hero  2010

Posthumous poetry publications
Betting On The Muse  1996 (includes some prose)
Bone Palace Ballet  1997
What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire  1999
Open All Night  2000
The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps  2001
Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way  2002
The Flash Of Lightning Behind The Mountain  2004
Slouching Toward Nirvana  2005
Come On In!  2006
The People Look Like Flowers At Last  2007
The Continual Condition  2009

Other categories
The Movie: "Barfly"  1987 (screenplay)
Screams From The Balcony  1993 (letters)
Run With The Hunted  1993 (compilation, prose and poetry)
Living On Luck  1995 (letters)
Shakespeare Never Did This  1995 (prose, poetry, photographs)
The Captain Is Out To Lunch And The Sailors Have Taken Over The Ship  1998 (journal)
Reach For The Sun  1999 (letters)
Beerspit Night And Cursing  2001 (letters with Sheri Martinelli)
The Pleasures Of The Damned6port  2007 (poetry)

Notes: The astute among you may notice that every book is not listed here. We wanted to restrict the list to books that were readily available, so the ranking could serve as a sort of guide for new readers. The Most Beautiful Woman In Town And Other Stories and Tales Of Ordinary Madness were originally published as one volume in 1972; Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions And General Tales Of Ordinary Madness, that's why they are lumped toether here.