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I have only begun reading Charles Bukowski’s poetry and he can be cynical at times. In his poetry, I find a space where I become aware of things I overlook. One thing that stands out is how we fail to communicate leading to conflict, broken relationships, and a broken world. Beginning with listening, we can hear what troubles our self and others.


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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  1. My dark side is drawn to this darkly painted scenario.

    Look at how many different times frames through out history you can plug this description into.

    Also, look how many different countries this could be an accurate description of the underbelly of society.

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  2. Some quotes of this guy, he is colorful, disrespectful of some commonly accepted norms. I like that, a free spirit with an edge, attitude.
    “Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”
    “Sex is interesting, but it’s not totally important. I mean it’s not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.”
    “You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

    • I think that is what has drawn me to his poetry. There is an honesty in it that is refreshing. I like your term free spirit. That is necessary in a world where sameness seems to be the objective.


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