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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.








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.














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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vezun Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
great idea for a series.  great article.  keep it up guys!
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doubleyah Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
Bukowski is what they call a 'dirty realist'. It compares to a visual artist who is a realist. It is an artist who paints or draws what is in front of them without judgement. Bukowski was without judgement, especially of himself. I think that is where he drew his power for writing. Something is neither good or bad. As humans we are always seeking pleasure. We don't need to lie about that.
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techgnotic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Wonderful comment. Thank you for taking the time to share it with everyone.
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doubleyah Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
My favorite quote was actually one of his titles: "Love is a Dog from Hell". You don't even have to read the book to know it's truth.
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carmennge Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your journals are amazing... really powerful and makes me think a lot... I never really appreciate Bukowski until I read your journal. :) So, thank you. 

And yes to Question 3 for sure... when life is hard, my poetry becomes easier to write but a lot harder to read when I am done. 
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seekerspirit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With all the consideration that art is like putting a part of your soul into something I think we can all agree that one simply does not exist without another. However, contrary to the popular belief that one, if he/she wishes to be an artist, must live a tormented tragic solitary life, an artist can be anyone who desires to be one. Life does not determine the quality of the work, but cannot just be ignored.
2. I personally believe that there is neither ‘real artistic commitment’ nor a ‘fake’ one. There are just expressions of the soul and mind of a person.
3. Yes, since people do think and have feelings, it would be ridiculous to say that one’s art is not connected to the way one lives.
4. Even though a person approves or disapproves the actions and beliefs of an artist, the fact that it is good or bad should not rely only on that matter. Is every woman that wears Chanel a Nazi psycho like Coco was? No. Art should not be judged because of its creator. The best one could do is look at it objectively apart from its creator and judge it only based its quality.

I just have to say to the authors of this article that it was refreshing, brilliant and really makes you think about the relationships between an artist and the world. I congratulate you for writing it.

P.S. I'm sorry if anyone feels offended or attacked by my comment. That was not my intention.
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artistnut64 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I can state as an as both an artist and a writer. You want the reader to peer into.your mind see what you visualize at the point when you are depicting art or writing poetry,short as well as long stories. No matter whom the genre is. That coming from within your heart integrated into art. Another form of communication in itself.Writing is.the assistant to the art creating life through vision.
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VicDillinger Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This was an AMAZING way to present Bukowski.  I really liked the contextual artworks interspersed with his quotes and poetry.  The compilers here did a wonderful job.  A very enjoyable read!

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techgnotic Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Thank you. So glad you enjoyed the article.  Pablo Neruda is up next!
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LongCoolWomanInBlack Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Artist
Once 'Art' is released to the public the author largely loses ownership. The art will be and must be colored by the context of the individual to a lesser extent the artist. This subject is jejune snd does not merit further commentary.

I believe art forces us to face ideas which when we critique what is being done by ourselves we are often faced with challenging our assumptions if we are honest. Excesses like Gide, Huysmans?

My life has been affected by my art. I do not mean the trash I put on DA.

My dilemma is looking at Heidegger after his support for the Nazis. Riefenstal makes me sick. Is there nothing inherently revolting about a Nazi propaganda film. Nazis just make me wish I was one of my grand uncles holding a Garand aiming and firing until the stripper clip pops out.
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