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A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers

The cat is the beautiful devil.

Felines touched a vulnerable spot in Charles Bukowski’s crusty soul. For the writer, there was something majestic and elemental about these inscrutable creatures he admired, sentient beings whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Bukowski considered cats to be unique forces of nature, elusive emissaries of beauty and love.

On Cats offers Bukowski’s musings on these beloved animals and their toughness and resiliency. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly onto the world around them: “A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won’t let go.”

Funny, moving, tough, and caring, Bukowski’s On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer’s reflections on these animals he so admired. Bukowski’s cats are fierce and demanding—he captures them stalking their prey; crawling across his typewritten pages; waking him up with claws across the face. But they are also affectionate and giving, sources of inspiration and gentle, insistent care.

Poignant yet free of treacle, On Cats is an illuminating portrait of this one-of-a-kind artist and his unique view of the world, witnessed through his relationship with the animals he considered his most profound teachers.

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  • “This anthology of [Bukowski’s] poems and short prose honors the animals that touched his soul. Bukowski captures the spirit of his own pet cats as fighters, hunters, and survivors.”

    Associated Press

  • “‘Roll over, roll over!’ With these unlikely words, narrator Roger Wayne takes listeners on an occasionally exasperating but always exhilarating look at cat ownership. This previously unpublished collection of short prose and poetry offers a surprisingly intimate look at writer Charles Bukowski, who is typically seen as a womanizing tough guy. Wayne deftly conveys his descriptions of the fighters, hunters, and survivors that are his favorite pet. Most amusing is Wayne’s account of Bukowski relaxing in the bathtub with a cigar and The New Yorker—until his cat decides to join him. She soon drenches the magazine and unravels his fine cigar. Wayne’s conversational style offers a warm and loving look at Bukowski and his feline companions that will forever change his image.”


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