CHARLES BUKOWSKI’S WRITING HAS often been seen as a ballad to the underdog. His poetry comes off as accessible, with an edge that cuts through complex prose. Among his superfans is none other than legendary musician Tom Waits. Waits, with his unmistakable raspy voice, is the ideal person to read out one of Bukowski’s most well-known poems, The Laughing Heart. The combo of Bukowski’s words mixed with the emotion and emphasis of Waits’ one-of-a-kind voice creates quite the riveting poetry reading.

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