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    • POEM: A Man by Charles Bukowski (8/6/2007 9:43:00 PM)

      I don't find the message to be at all confusing or obscure. People always speak as if Bukowski is just some awesomely incoherent madman.

      My take on it? 'A Man', as it is entitled, is in reference to when George says, 'Im a man, baby.'
      George is violent, sexually aggressive, makes overt come-ons to Connie, and she likes it and is turned on by it. She says he knows how to please women, and his masculine dominance turns her on.'
      George is 'A man'.

      Wallace, on the other hand, is weak and incapable of turning on the woman despite the fact he doesnt abuse Connie. At the end, she comes back to Wallace and is completely impartial with him, and escapes in alcohol at the bar.

      Perhaps George being 'the man' is ironic, in that his hard exterior is what is needed to obtain a compassionate response from Connie. Only after he hits her is she willing to soothe him intimately.

      Both George and Wallace hurt. But George must put on the masculine mask of 'being a man' to get anywhere with Connie.