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Bukowski
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I'm a fan of Charles Bukowski's poetry. I'm not an expert on it by any means, but I've read maybe three or four of his collections - my favorite being Love is a Dog from Hell (which contains one of my favorite poems of all time called 'Writing 101' if my memory serves correctly.) I also loved the movie Barfly (with Micky Rourke playing Hank - the character modeled after Bukowski.)

I don't think I would've liked Bukowski himself if I would've met him. He seemed like an asshole - a belligerent, drunken lout, quick to anger and get in fights. I saw a YouTube video where he got really abusive with his girlfriend, and it was rather despicable. If I would've hung out with him at a bar, I would've been uncomfortable - worried about saying the wrong thing that might set him off, worried about laughing at the right jokes, nodding at the right points during his pontifications.

But damn, I love his poetry. And I don't really think it could've come from someone who hadn't lived the way Bukowski had. I don't think it could've come from someone who wasn't a belligerent, abusive drunken asshole. His poetry is raw, crude, and brutal and at times sublime - like the man. But the man I could do without. The poetry - not so much.

What's the lesson there? Is there any? Does there need to be one? I don't know. But I do know that his poetry has shown me the beauty that can arise from the most painful and honest of words, sentences, and stories. Maybe that's lesson enough.


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More Blogs by Joel Arnold
• The Sucking Suckathon of Suckiness - Monday, May 21, 2012
• Mississippi Pearls and a Car Biding Its Time on the Ice 'til Spring - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• One Decade, One Story - or how One Thing Leads to Another - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Racing Minnesota-style! - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• This Here Minnesota Horror Author was a Big Old Scaredy-Cat - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• Jack the Blob Killer - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Death Rhythm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• More Writing What You Know - Monday, September 19, 2011
• How I Interpret 'Write What You Know' - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Blessings - or - What I write after having one too many... - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• 120 Miles in a Canoe - Monday, June 27, 2011
• On Stephen King - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Why Horror? - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Zen & the Art of Swearing - Friday, June 10, 2011
• If Coffee Shops were Run by Airlines - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Trying to Figure Out What Scares Me - Monday, March 21, 2011
• My Confession - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
• Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep - Friday, March 04, 2011
• How I Envision Conflict When Writing - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Jonesing for a Road Trip - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Snowmapocalyptopalooza - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• How Do You Remember? - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• When your parents are librarians... - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The genesis of a novel - the first 6 days - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Searching for Truth - Characterization - Thursday, December 16, 2010
• Control - and a little more about Northwoods Deep - Monday, December 13, 2010
•  Bukowski - Wednesday, December 08, 2010  
• Flies, Flies, Spam, and Flies - Friday, December 03, 2010
• Naivete and the Young Writer - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• For Writers looking for some Adventure - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My usual rider for family/friend appearances - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Writing and Me - a dramatization - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day (now with vitamin C!) - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• The Power of Music - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before - Monday, November 15, 2010
• The Care and Feeding of Writers - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• Rudiments - Thursday, November 11, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Tragedy - now with 50% more pathos! - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Perspective - Monday, November 08, 2010
• The Daunting Dauntiness of Tweeting on Twitter - Saturday, November 06, 2010


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