Book Review: Bukowski's Ghost by Jackson Dean Chase


Book: Bukowski's Ghost

Author: Jackson Dean Chase

Pages: 156

My Review and Thoughts:

This is the first time I have adventured into reading anything by Jackson Dean Chase. Chase is a well-known Young Adult book writer. I will be honest had no knowledge of him before I came across this poetry book I am reviewing. This was a total random buy, I thought it sounded extremely interesting. The title itself grabbed my attention. After reading this book which I consumed in one sitting and then reread it right after to further express how interested I became in the book.

This is everything raw, vivid and to the point. It's a mixture of deep inner thoughts and a hate filled mentality of myself, self-loathing and bitterness all combined. These poems are in away truly brilliant for the reality we all can relate to them and express some part of them in our life from the past or the present. Chase takes from the heart and mind and expresses through poetry mundane everyday life or woe is me at this moment reality.

A wonderful trip inside the human thought and all its darkness and wants and needs. There is a depressing nature throughout the poems or at least the mentality that this is life, deal with it, it ain't getting any better, so screw it. Absolutely love how he brings up Charles Bukowski's throughout the book, just priceless how in one poem he sits on the toilet in the bathroom while taking a crap reading Bukowski, I truly think Bukowski would have gotten a huge kick out of that.

Chase truly gives his raw heart inside these works. I felt the poetry flow with a huge YES this is perfect style of expressing oneself through poetry. It's deep at times, it's dark at times, it's funny at times. All emotions truly run through this work of poetry. There is a simple, rustic, raw nature through these pages that express to the reader that wow life has been transcribed on to page. That is what or how to best describe Chase's poetry, It's Life.

Would I Recommend: Absolutely. I love this book. I thought the poetry flowed with an ease. It was raw in nature and perfect in the mentality and reality of life captured in poetry.

Would I Return to: I have already reread it and will again? I think this is one of those poetry books that can be read over and over again. 

Four Final Words: Rustic, Raw, Simplistic brilliance.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

My Favorite Lines:

Page 18: Poem titled Silence is Deadly:

Silence is as deadly an enemy to the torturer
as it is to the poet:
We both want to hear our audience scream.


Page 34: Poem Title True Poems

True poems are not safe:
They must murder some part of you
while giving birth to another."