Style – Bukowski

Style is the answer to everything
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style, is what I call art

Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art
Not many have style
Not many can keep style
I have seen dogs with more style than men
Although not many dogs have style
Cats have it with abundance.

When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun, that was style
Or sometimes people give you style
Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
Christ
Socrates
Caesar
García Lorca

I have met men in jail with style
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail
Style is a difference, a way of doing, a way of being done
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
or you walking out of the bathroom, naked, without seeing me.

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