Welcome to a brand new series of posts here at ODDFOLK!
As you wait for the full website to be done - I wanted to start writing on here a little more. So, you will see this series every week, highlighting an influence that inspired ODDFOLK or a story of how we are becoming what we want to be.
THE STRONGEST OF THE STRANGE
This week I wanted to talk a little bit about a particular poem from a very eccentric writer named Charles Bukowski - the poem is "The Strongest of the Strange".
To be honest, I haven't read a lot of Bukowski's other material, but I hope to in the future. What I do know of him is, his stories tend to highlight the dark nature of man. That may seem like a strange bit of fiction to read and to label one of his works as an influence, but this poem is quite different - it does devolve toward a melancholy ending, but I think the first three quarters really sparked something in me around the time oddfolk was really taking shape in my head.
THE ODD ONES
I always considered myself strange and non-traditional. Writing and the arts always came naturally to me - and don't even get me started on acting or capturing images (moving and non). So, when I happened upon this poem (as a recording) it resonated with me and then it hit me - "You aren't the only odd one out there - how can all of these strange people make stuff together and feel like more of a family?" And that's the question that started oddfolk.
OH, and I made a short film with Bukowski reciting a portion of the poem.
It's not the best - I gave myself 24 hours to make something on my phone and this is what happened.