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jaandlu



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Nooooooo! I canít listen * Hold hands over ears * The blasphemy Y the blasphemy. I think Iíll be sick. Iím not hearing this, Iím not hearing this.
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Dr. Schadenfreude



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I've been looking for a Buk poem that has lines in it that go something like:

I moved to Los Angeles to write and to drink
but I found that I couldn't do both,
So I decided to quit writing and to concentrate on drinking.



Anyone know what poem that is or know how it really goes? I've been looking for that for a few years now and I can't find the damn thing.

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Taco Bob



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FL:
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My take on what he was saying is that you have to be serious about your writing, write passionately, and be a little crazy.



I like that last part! Mr. Green Read through Dali's autobio once. Said he tried to drive himself crazy early on to help his painting. Whether it helped or not, from trying to read his book I'd say he def succeeded with the crazy.

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Ferrit Leggings



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TB,

When I was at art school I saw a Dali movie and it was the weirdest thing I had ever seen. It had something to do with birth, I think, or that was my interpretation of it. Women were popping out of eggs and all sort of weird shit was going on. I am pretty used to weird but this was on the level of watching John and Yokoís experimental films. I would say that it did help because he did some great work, fucked up work but great.

DR. Have you tried looking up the Buk reader? It has a smattering of all of his writing. There are a few webpageís with his writing on it as well. My favourite poem of his has to be The Night I Fucked My Alarm Clock. He was a great writer.

FL
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Post Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:45 pm   View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Dr. Schadenfreude



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FL
Yeah, I've looked. I can't find it. A college teacher had photo copied the poem for me and I lost it, so I've been searching for it ever since (about a year and a half). Haven't seen it so far.

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deb



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Dr,

This seems to have it all. good luck.

http://www.artdamage.com/buk/inthe.htm
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Post Sat Sep 24, 2005 12:13 am   View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Dr. Schadenfreude



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Finally. Way down there (had to go through almost all of them before I found it) - The Master Plan - http://www.artdamage.com/buk/masterplan.htm

Quote:
starving in a philadelphia winter

trying to be a writer

I wrote and wrote and drank and drank and

drank

and then stopped writing and concentrated on

the drinking.

It was another
art-form.

If you can't have any luck with one thing you
try another.

Of course, I had been practicing on the
drinking-form
since the age of
15.

and there was much competition
in that field
also.

It was a world full of drunks and writers and
drunk writers.

And so
I became a starving drunk instead of a starving
writer.

The best thing was the instant
result.
And I soon became the biggest and
best drunk in the neighborhood and
maybe the whole
city.

It sure as hell beat sitting around waiting for
those rejection slips from The New Yorker and The
Atlantic Monthly.

Of course, I never really considered quitting the
writing game, I just wanted to give it a
ten year rest
figuring if I got famous too early
I wouldn't have anything left for the stretch run
like I have now, thank
you,

with the drinking still thrown
in.

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deb



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Glad I could help. Smile
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Ferrit Leggings



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Here is another one he wrote that I found interesting on the site:

Quote:
writing



often it is the only

thing

between you and

impossibility.

no drink,

no woman's love,

no wealth

can

match it.



nothing can save

you

except

writing.



it keeps the walls

from

failing.

the hordes from

closing in.



it blasts the

darkness.



writing is the

ultimate

psychiatrist,



the kindliest

god of all the

gods.



writing stalks

death.

it knows no

quit.



and writing

laughs

at itself,

at pain.



it is the last

expectation,

the last

explanation.



that's

what it

is.

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y



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Thanks FL! My sentiments exactly!
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