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more charles bukowski

it’s like charles bukowski day here at not that this is a day significant in his life or work, but just the day i decided i wanted to write about charles bukowski, because really, did you know that much about charles bukowski when you woke up this morning? me neither. so let’s learn him…

one of my favourite quotes by charles bukowski, and yes i do realize i keep writing his name, it’s a good name that charles bukowski, ok ok i’ll stop, one of my favourite quotes by … that guy … is this one,

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

this is resonating for me as i am knee deep into the honours year of my undergrad degree. those of you who have undertaken an honours degree will understand me when i complain about the sheer lack of clear writing in critical articles, the profound inability for academics to write plainly. i have spent many moments these passed couple weeks wondering why they have to make things so complicated, why they have to convolute their arguments and constipate their language, but i digress, all’s i’m saying is a little k.i.s.s. never hurt no body (for those of you that missed it, that is the pop acronym for,”keep it simple stupid”)

so today, in the spirit of charles bukowski, that’s right i said it again, let’s take something we’ve been working on, or having trouble with, ’cause lord knows we all get a little convoluted constipation every now and then, and let’s see if we can’t make it simple, take a philosophical poem and make it into a children’s story, take that short story and imagine the audience to be your elderly aunt mildred for whom senility has set upon, let’s be geniuses and say profound things in really simple ways

incidentally, my other favourite charles bukowski quote is,

“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”

happy writing,


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Katherena Vermette

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