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dverselogoCharles Bukowski said “The secret is in the line.”

Period. That was his recipe for powerful writing.

After watching Madagascar 3 last weekend, I would add “The secret is in having fun with what you’re doing and in enjoying the journey”

In the movie, this charming bunch of animals buys a circus, actually only as a “tool” to make their way from Europe, where they stranded back to New York.

At one point they even discover that they could’ve bought a plane instead of this circus that was quite run down and didn’t look at all promising.

The turn came when they started having fun, when they re-kindled passion and thought about new ways to surprise and enthuse the audience.

In the end, back in NYC, they suddenly realized that they had changed too much to ever fit into their old lives again.

And speaking of exciting journeys, together with…

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Musician, actor, poet, father, reader, human, alien, otherworldly spirit...Derrick J. Hines is and will continue to be until nothing is.

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  1. randalldeanscott ⋅

    I couldn’t agree more that Bukowski was all about the power of one line, the trick of putting one down right after another. This idea once influenced a poem I wrote and it was one of those poems which came out of no where. I was drunk, sitting on a porch at a house party in Portland, Oregon, and I had nothing to write on, so I grabbed a old, grease-stained pizza box and fortunately got the words before allowing them to escape. Have a read but only if you wish. Link below.

    Also, I read your poem “Staying In” and man, nicely done. I really enjoy the rhythm in your work. As a drummer, I appreciate poetry in which I can hear that snare drum snap. I don’t often tap my foot while reading someone’s work, but I do that with yours.

    You’ve got some nice jazzy sass along with words that are soaked with life and meaning–substance. Do you currently have any work available for purchase, like a chapbook or something?

    Enjoying your words, man. Keep writing. As I’m sure you know, for many of us, that’s all we’ve got left.


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