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RickyGP Offline
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RE: Charles Bukowski
Check out this documentary:


06-01-2015 09:13 AM
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RE: Charles Bukowski
He's my favorite poet, and maybe my favorite writer too. What a badass. I love Women, and it was my first exposure to him, but everyone frustrated at the lack of a plot should start with Ham on Rye and then continue to Post Office.
06-01-2015 09:48 AM
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RE: Charles Bukowski
I make music and over the years I've spent many nights alone in tiny rooms, hunched over my instrument, working on my craft.

This Bukowski poem is about the creative struggle. It really resonated with me. It was featured in the film about him with Matt Dillon, right at the end in scene at the stripper bar.

roll the dice

if you're going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don't even start.

if you're going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you'll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you're going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.


do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

- Charles Bukowski
06-05-2015 12:03 PM
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RE: Charles Bukowski
i've gone back to reading Bukowski after 4 years in this quarantine. Previously read woman and notes of a dirty old man. now Listening to audio book of his short stories "Most Beautiful Woman in Town and others"...

but damn, found this YouTube channel yesterday that has his poems with perfect narration and videos. Very powerful, what a genius...every line has a juice!



















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