Charles Bukowski on writing

Today is Charles Bukowski’s birthday. He was born on August 16, 1920.

I’ll write to my last god damned breath, whether anybody thinks it’s good or not. The end as the beginning. I was meant to be like this. It’s as simple and profound as that.

—Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski: On Writing is one of the books on my list of “writers on writing,” alongside books by Stephen King, Thomas Wolfe and A. Scott Berg. They are not writing manuals but inspirational books that give an insight into the writer’s life and the craft of writing.

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Charles Bukowski: It is Your Life

 
 

Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.
— Charles Bukowski, from “No Leaders, Please”

Read the full poem below or listen to Tom O’Bedlam reading the poem:

 
NO LEADERS, PLEASE
invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
don’t swim in the same slough.
invent yourself and then reinvent yourself
and
stay out of the clutches of mediocrity.

invent yourself and then reinvent yourself,
change your tone and shape so often that they can
never
categorize you.

reinvigorate yourself and
accept what is
but only on the terms that you have invented
and reinvented.

be self-taught.

and reinvent your life because you must;
it is your life and
its history
and the present
belong only to
you.

By Charles Bukowski

 
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