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(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Be Kind

we are always asked
to understand the other person's
viewpoint
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  • Thadious Worthington (12/2/2013 8:37:00 PM)

    This is the judgmental nonsense that I have heard from alcoholics. They are all fearful of being judged but never pass up a chance to do the judging themselves. Who is anyone to determine that you lived out of focus or are foolish. Yuck.

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  • Sherry Campeau (8/1/2013 7:30:00 PM)

    I love this man...wish he was still writing

  • like flying (10/24/2009 3:02:00 AM)

    everything he writes is just so simply true.

  • Roger Cornish (10/4/2008 8:44:00 AM)

    Bukowski.....The most under rated poet of the 20th Century.....
    True.
    Only the level of alianation he experienced can produce that kind of spirit.

  • George Makris (10/2/2008 9:30:00 AM)

    AGE wasted life... age is a cool dry beast inside us all
    it crushes dreams and stops the mind
    and rules the soul............gm

  • Alex Klein (1/28/2008 12:11:00 AM)

    Aw crap, here I go again!

    There's a lot of people I've met in libraries who take there presence there in itself as meaning something. Full-fledged snoberry. There's the 'actual' quite person in that very library who might actually be way beyond that snobery for sure. But, more often than not; they're few. Or so it would seem. I don't frequent libraries that often. But it seems that every time I do, I'm teetering on the edge of that kind of reaction. People wrapped up in the classics looking over their shoulders at anyone that might make a noise; like some punk or something. I was dressed up in my usual clothes; sort of half skater, half stoner (I don't like those black and white terms, but I'll go with them for the purpose of description) , and I went up to the lady working the computer...I asked for Huxley's 'The Doors of Perception'. The girl started looking to see if the book was available. I was then somewhat 'attacked' by this women to my right. I say attacked, but I actually thouroughly enjoyed her fight. She looked me up and down while saying that I was just looking for books about drugs by drug addicts that are taken far too seriously. I said that a drug does'nt have an opinion. And I think I smiled at her like a lunatic after that, but felt so embarassed and idiotic. Inside I wanted to add a lot more to my deffence, but I'm not good with aggresive moments. The girl working there told me they did'nt have the book and I noticed the girl who I'd argued with smiling in the corner of my eye. I had quite a bit of time on my hands that day, and the only thing I regret is not having invited that bitter girl for a seat or two and a good argument beyond that awkward space in front of the nervous girl who was trying not to laugh and smile. I cycled home on my bike imagining all the things I could have said in my deffence. The usual.

    It reminds me of scenes where a father, or mother or any family member can't take the mad lifestyle of their loved-ones but then retires to bed beneath a copy of a Van Gaugh painting and reads a writer who eventually killed themselves.

  • Alex Klein (1/27/2008 11:45:00 PM)

    Michael Speakman: Maybe they're not THAT bad. Maybe I am'nt understanding you though. But if you really feel 'they' are., should'nt you wonder about your kindness that ou speak of? Judges and all that...Maybe I did'nt spot you're sarchasm though. Were you?

  • Alex Klein (1/11/2008 4:38:00 AM)

    If you vomited and called that art, someone for sure would want to kill you. After all, time is short, right?

  • Michael Speakman (9/21/2007 8:59:00 AM)

    Buck I am kind
    But others are not
    They
    Will
    Walk
    a
    Mile out of their way to
    Trip
    Me
    Up........
    EG:
    Too many to
    Mention..
    But oh
    Lord..they are good!
    Yes...they are good

  • Cecilia Nicoletti (5/29/2007 9:49:00 AM)

    He is a pop poet.I think.
    He is a roamer and decadent street philosophe´r.
    I dont really like his work that much.I have seen people getting corrupted by his works.
    This is a free world anyway(........) and I like this Kind.
    Do you know the lost of Kindness is unrestorable? as happiness.

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