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bukowski appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Future Droid, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
    after watching barfly and reading more bukowski lately i think this thred is due.

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    what can we do?
    at their best, there is gentleness in Humanity.
    some understanding and, at times, acts of
    courage
    but all in all it is a mass, a glob that doesn't
    have too much.
    it is like a large animal deep in sleep and
    almost nothing can awaken it.
    when activated it's best at brutality,
    selfishness, unjust judgments, murder.
    what can we do with it, this Humanity?
    nothing.
    avoid the thing as much as possible.
    treat it as you would anything poisonous, vicious
    and mindless.
    but be careful. it has enacted laws to protect
    itself from you.
    it can kill you without cause.
    and to escape it you must be subtle.
    few escape.
    it's up to you to figure a plan.
    I have met nobody who has escaped.
    I have met some of the great and
    famous but they have not escaped
    for they are only great and famous within
    Humanity.
    I have not escaped
    but I have not failed in trying again and
    again.
    before my death I hope to obtain my
    life. from blank gun silencer - 1994
     
  2. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
  3. and_now you choke

    and_now you choke New Jack

    Joined: Apr 8, 2006 Messages: 2 Likes Received: 0
    bukowski and i are ol pals. we drink, smoke, eat sunflower seeds together. i own his books and the other s i've borrowed or read.
     
  4. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
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    mystery tour

    I am in this low-slung sports car
    painted a deep, rich yellow
    driving under an Italian sun.
    I have a British accent.
    I'm wearing dark shades
    an expensive silk shirt.
    there's no dirt under my
    fingernails.
    the radio plays Vivaldi
    and there are two women with
    me
    one with raven hair
    the other a blonde.
    they have small breasts and
    beautiful legs
    and they laugh at everything I
    say.

    as we drive up a steep road
    the blonde squeezes my leg
    and nestles closer
    while raven hair
    leans across and nibbles my
    ear.

    we stop for lunch at a quaint
    rustic inn.
    there is more laughter
    before lunch
    during lunch and after
    lunch.

    after lunch we will have a
    flat tire on the other side of
    the mountain
    and the blonde will change the
    tire
    while
    raven hair
    photographs me
    lighting my pipe
    leaning against a tree
    the perfect background
    perfectly at peace
    with
    sunlight
    flowers
    clouds
    birds
    everywhere.
     
  5. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
  6. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 6,590 Likes Received: 9
    appreciated. factotum's an all-time favorite and i recently picked up hot water music. betting on the muse, buring in water drowning in flame, and that *something* bone pallace are all ill, too.

    forgot the titles:

    1.
    Jimmy Fox died an alcoholic
    in a skidrow hotel room.
    Jack Beau ended up
    shining shoes,
    just where he began.
    There are dozens more,
    hundreds more,
    maybe thousands more.

    Being an athlete growing old is
    one of the cruelest fates,
    to be replaced
    by others, to no longer
    hear the cheers
    and the plaudits, to no longer
    be recognized,
    just to be an old man
    like other old men.
    To almost not believe it yourself,
    to check the scrapbook with the
    yellowing pages.
    There you are, smiliing;
    there you are, victorious;
    there you are, young.
    The crowd has other heroes.
    The crowd never dies,
    never grows old
    but the crowd often forgets.

    Now the telephone doesn't ring,
    the young girls are gone,
    the party is over.

    This is why I chose to be a writer.
    If you're worth just half-a damn
    you can keep your hustle going
    until the last minute of
    the last day.
    You can keep getting better
    instead of worse, you can
    still keep hitting them
    over the wall.
    Through darkness,
    war,
    good and bad luck
    you keep it going,
    hitting them out,
    the flashing lightning of the word,
    beating life at life
    and death too late to
    truly win against you.

    2.
    don't worry, nobody has the beautiful lady,
    not really, and nobody has the
    strange and hidden power,
    nobody is exceptional
    or wonderful or
    magic,
    they only seem to be.
    It's all a trick, as in
    a con,
    don't believe it.
    The world is packed with
    billions of people whose
    lives and deaths are useless
    and when one of these
    jumps up and
    the light of history shines
    upon them,
    forget it,
    it's not what it seems,
    it's just another act
    to fool the fools again.

    There are no strong men,
    there are no beautiful women.
    At least you can die
    knowing this and you will have
    the only possible victory.
     
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  7. and now you choke

    and now you choke Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2001 Messages: 2,558 Likes Received: 0
    THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS
     
  8. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
  9. dubsface

    dubsface Member

    Joined: May 26, 2005 Messages: 488 Likes Received: 0
    Two of my many Bukowski favorites:

    the secret
    don't worry, nobody has the
    beautiful lady, not really, and
    nobody has the strange and
    hidden power, nobody is
    exceptional or wonderful or
    magic, they only seem to be.
    it's all a trick, an in, a con,
    dont buy it, don't believe it.
    the world is packed with
    billions of people whose lives
    and deaths are useless and
    when one of these jumps up
    and the light of history shines
    upon them, forget it, it's not
    what it seems, it's just
    another act to fool the fools
    again.

    there are no strong men, there
    are no beautiful women.
    at least, you can die knowing
    this
    and you will have
    the only possible
    victory.

    alone with everybody

    the flesh covers the bone
    and they put a mind
    in there and
    sometimes a soul,
    and the women break
    vases against the wals
    and the men drink too
    much
    and nobody finds the
    one
    but they keep
    looking
    crawling in and out
    of beds.
    flesh covers
    the bone and the
    flesh searches
    for more than
    flesh.

    there's no chance
    at all:
    we are all trapped
    by a singular
    fate.

    nobody ever finds
    the one.

    the city dumps fill
    the junkyards fill
    the madhouses fill
    the hospital fills
    the graveyards fill
    nothing else fills.
     
  10. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
  11. shameless self promotion

    shameless self promotion 12oz Legend

    Joined: Mar 7, 2001 Messages: 16,306 Likes Received: 104
    Shit. I thought this was the bukkake appreciation thread.

    Damnit.
     
  12. The Man with the Answers

    The Man with the Answers Member

    Joined: Apr 8, 2006 Messages: 781 Likes Received: 2
    did anyone see that movie about him? it was so fucking sad to be honest...I still like his work but in some respects I lost an appreciation of his work after seing the movie. I don't know, his books for me lost their comic edge because the shit that it was based on was so sad and pathetic.. i don't know...whatever....his shits grreat
     
  13. El Jefe Uno

    El Jefe Uno Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 18, 2002 Messages: 2,586 Likes Received: 234
  14. how how are are you you

    how how are are you you Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 781 Likes Received: 9
    uhh yeah this is a forum.
     
  15. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 6,590 Likes Received: 9
    have you actually read his shit? what were you expecting... he was a fuck up that bullied his way into the literary world.
     
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