Charles Bukowski is the German-born American poet who occupies a very special place in my heart for his work. Although, a skilled novelist – Ham on Rye is a beauty – it was his poetry and short stories that set him apart. His work had an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans and his own personal struggles with numerous tales of alcohol abuse, women and the drudgery of work. He was one of those that, if around today, would have been the tabloids dream! Nirvana, one of his great works of poetry, has been brought to life by Brooklyn-based filmographer Patrick Biesemans.

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Nirvana revolves around a young man traveling to an undetermined destination, questioning his purpose in the world. Along the young man’s aimless journey, he encounters a moment in time at a charming diner. In just that moment something is awakened inside of him, but even with a sense of purpose, sadness follows. ‘Nirvana’ is a melancholy postcard from memories long past.

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