Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Charles Bukowski - Born Into This

Charles Bukowski's gravestone reads: "Don't Try", a phrase which Bukowski uses in one
of his poems, advising aspiring writers and poets about inspiration and
creativity. Bukowski explained the phrase in a 1963 letter to John William Corrington:
"Somebody at one of these places [...] asked me: 'What do you do? How
do you write, create?' You don't, I told them. You don't try. That's
very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or
immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It's
like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it
gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like
its looks you make a pet out of it."

via upinclass 

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