Commonplace I – Refuting Bukowski’s Pity

Week One: January 23rd

“Don’t feel sorry for me. I am a satisfied, competent human being.”

-Charles Bukowski, “For The Foxes”

I was drawn to this quote because of the circumstances around it. Bukowski is a poet, and an alcoholic one at that. Often times, his work begs for pity, yet here he refuses it; he deliberately says no to it. The rhetoric used by Bukowski is less avant-garde than the language he normally uses, and for that reason, I was drawn to this quote.

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