Charles Bukowski’s Stuck Moment as an Avoider


October 18, 2011

His stuck moment:

After several published works but still no “big break,” Bukowski quit writing for ten years. He later referred to this period—during which he traveled, briefly worked in a pickle factory, and was a fill-in letter-carrier—as his “ten-year drunk.”

He goes for it: A near-death experience with a bleeding ulcer stirred his latent writing desires. After leaving the hospital, he began to write poetry.

Unstuck result: Bukowski went on to publish dozens of poetry collections as well as six novels. 

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