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Father Luke
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Charles Bukowski Reply with quote

So. You want to be a writer?

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
fame,
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.


if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.
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Jolanta
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Joined: 14 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Luke!

I have to repy to your post for two reasons:

1. I remember that I searched your home site when last year I began visiting the Writers Voice. I liked it and your poems you placed on your page. I could find your friends there and read more information about you. So it is very nice to meet you here now.

2. The poem you posted is really wonderful. I must admit that I understood some things while I was reading it. Thanks for sharing.

Jolanta Cool
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jonstolp
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Charles Bukowski Reply with quote

Very nice, Father, I'll be checking out your pages, a long-time Buk fan...
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