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Forewordby techgnotic


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If the severely acne-scarred face and coarse exterior brought on by his alcoholic and depressed life was the book cover of his being, then Charles was the ultimate book that could not be judged by its cover. The exquisite collection that was this everyman artist’s art consisted of thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels—mostly all wrenchingly autobiographical, mostly all about moments of epiphany and grace in an otherwise miserable and unhappy existence. The perfect explication of the common man's deepest truth; it's not easy to be here.




Unvarnished and brutal blunt force trauma underlined with hope, beauty, longing, and love. Therein lies the power of his poetry and his prose that strikes to the very soul of the reader that allows his legendary cruelties toward the people in his life and his many general misdeeds to be mostly forgiven—a price worth paying in light of the beauty of his words in those moments when his artistry transcended the ugliness beaten into his heart by an abusive father. A small but loyal fan base has grown up around his poetry and novels. A bourbon-soaked slice of his life was portrayed by Mickey Rourke in “Barfly.” But his works remain just beneath the popular radar, a treasure chest of sparkling gems that remain to this day hard to sell, victims of the stained brown bag packaging they were first delivered in.









About Artists on Writers


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Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images,




Just as,




Artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.















A Quote From Charles Bukowski


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“Find what you love and let it kill you.”
— Charles Bukowski










Quotes from BUKOWSKI


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“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”










“Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.”










“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”











Bluebird


by Charles Bukowski

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.



There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks
never know that he's in there.



There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay down, do you want to mess me up?
You want to screw up the works?
You want to blow my book sales in Europe?



There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too clever,
I only let him out at night sometimes when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be sad.



Then I put him back,
but he's singing a little in there,
I haven't quite let him die
and we sleep together like that with our secret pact
and it's nice enough to make a man weep,
but I don't weep, do you?












Oh Yes


by Charles Bukowski

There are worse things than being alone,
but it often takes decades to realize this
and most often when you do
it's too late
and there's nothing worse
than too late.










Alone With Everybody


by Charles Bukowski




The flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind in there
and sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too much
and nobody finds the one


But 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.






Nody ever finds the one.


The city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill


Nothing else fills.
















What Bothers Them Most


excerpt by Charles Bukowski

They simply never understand,
do they,
that sometimes solitude is
one of the most beautiful things
on earth?













Quotes from BUKOWSKI


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“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”










“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”










“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”












Questions For the Reader


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  1. Does an artist’s life story necessarily serve as an element of his or her art?  Can you even try to separate the work from the life of the artist?
  2. Does “real” artistic commitment require excesses and the testing of boundaries in the real-time of your own life experience?
  3. In your experience has your art been affected by the way you conduct your life?
  4. Can the actions of an artist be so negative as to dismiss all of the artist’s work?  For example, Ezra Pound a poet who embraced fascism or Leni Riefenstahl who made infamous and some say brilliant propaganda films for the Nazis.







Research & Curation


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Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images, just as, artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.

Writers: $techgnotic
Designers: $marioluevanos
Curation: =naikki & =TheGalleryOfEve
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eddstubb Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BTW- I 'd like to clear up a misconception about the inscription On Hank's tombstone. After his life information on the tombstone  there is a quote " Don't Try". Many think this message means life isn't worth the effort, become a drunk and do nothing.  It doesn't." Don't try" was Hank's answer to a young person asking him ," What does  it take to become a great writer" Hank's , " Don't Try" meant simply just write from your heart and don't let thoughts of being great consume you.
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eddstubb Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great and inspiring  journal, thank you. " Hank" has been my favorite writer since the 80's with my favorite book being " Post Office"  My favorite artist of all time is RCrumb so you can imagine I own Hank's and Robert's collaborations including , " Bring Me your Love". Allow me to offer something I bet no one outside of Sean Penn and myself know. Sean Penn and Johnny Depp are huge Bukowski fans . As a matter of fact Sean Penn was slated to play Hank in " Barfly" before they used Mickey Rourke.  In Sean Penn's awesome movie, " Into the Wild "  Supertramp travels to LA's skid row and is overwhelmed by what he finds there. Right before he leaves there is a very poignant scene of Supertramp sitting next to the freeway. If you look at the sign above the highway you can clearly see the sign reads " San Pedro" Which is where Bukowski lived and is buried. Hank was known as the poet laureate of Skid Row and I have no doubt the scene was an ode to him.
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Duibhir12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You Artists on Writers! Found this article at the right time...
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standbythebody Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  New member Student General Artist
I was just thinking about how I hadn't read Bukowski in some time so I'm glad I've stumbled across this. The structure of this is very great and I love the images alongside it all.

1) I've tried to separate Bukowski's work from his life and some of it intertwines so much, but I'm often sat wondering which are real, which are exaggerated and which are purely fiction. It's hard to tell with him sometimes.
2) I wouldn't say “real” artistic commitment is for everyone. Some people make great art derived from their own experiences, some don't.
3) In my experience, yes, I've wrote poetry and created art which are directly from my experiences and how I've lived my life.
4) You're allowed to appreciate an artists work, it doesn't mean you have to respect that artist. Many musicians, poets and artists are horrible, horrible people but they've produced lovely pieces.
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dracolychee Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
1. Live serves as an element of art inevitably. It does not necessarily serve as the source though. Prove are the countless brilliant movies and games - and also other artwork for which is it harder to say - that have been made because someone wanted to make a great game around a great idea, and not because they had a weird life story.

2. No, no, and no. See above. Alo, that would make for terrible boring art with low diversity. In my writer's group we say, don't write just what bothered you last evening. Even if you put elf ears on it, it will be whining about your feelies and not dedication to the text.

3. See #1. I deal in my art with topics that are beyond anything I ever want to experience. And I'm a pretty positive person who often draws curious looks from people who did not expect to read things out of the darkests pits of mankind from me.

4. Depends on the individual. "Infamous" an "brilliant" do not contradict each other. After all, their work is still a great source for historically interested people who manage to see it in context and not as an advertisement.
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Ex0rtus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Artist
  1. Does an artist’s life story necessarily serve as an element of his or her art?  Can you even try to separate the work from the life of the artist?

You can, but you shouldn't. Lots of not-very-good writers base their writing on what they have read - this is particularly true in comics. The best writing comes from what you live, what you love and what you learn.

Does “real” artistic commitment require excesses and the testing of boundaries in the real-time of your own life experience?


No. That's making an excuse to behave badly. But you should be prepared to test your own boundaries, and you shouldn't believe everything you hear or see.

In your experience has your art been affected by the way you conduct your life?

Yes. 100%.


Can the actions of an artist be so negative as to dismiss all of the artist’s work?  For example, Ezra Pound a poet who embraced fascism or Leni Riefenstahl who made infamous and some say brilliant propaganda films for the Nazis.

It has to be subjective. I would understand a jew not taking to Wagner for instance. But if you can remove subjectivity and be objective, then more power to you.

And in the spirit of Bukowski - there's some incredible poetry popping up in the motion book section on dA, supported by some wonderful art:

IS SHE AVAILABLE? v.2 by EvanLimberger

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Romeoviscious Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member
Chuk The Buk made it ok to secretly think once in a while going number 2, a really good one, beats a sunset walk on the beach.
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FlayerOfTheMoon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member
Thank you for introducing me to Charles Bukowski. 
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