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on the day bukowski died
unknown

i was sitting in a lawn chair
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in the back of a cargo van
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headed from wauwatosa
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to milwaukee.
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my cycling coach was driving
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and the man in the passenger seat
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ran the finishing camera
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for the three week race series
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in and around milwaukee.
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it was said i had talent
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and maybe someday
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i would race in the tour de france,
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but even then
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my head was not in it
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and the world was already
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an impossible farce.
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i sat back there
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with a blanket over me
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and listened to them
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talk wine
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and how their wives had gone rot.
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i couldn't imagine a wife
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or a job
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and i knew i was in trouble
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down the road
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when the world would start demanding
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a level of consistency
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i lacked.
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i was sixteen that night
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and had never heard of bukowski
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let alone read a poem of any sort.
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eleven years would go by
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before i came across him on accident
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during my third or fourth downturn.
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to say he saved me
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would be a lie,
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but he's
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buoyed me some,
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helped me
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to laugh
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during this constant march
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through buckets of shit
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and very little sunshine.
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6 Feb 07

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bukowski is so cliché.
 — unknown

bukowski alive was a phenomena, dead he will go on to influence the more interesting writers in many generation.  A few decades down the track when Those writers find academic acceptance he will be safely dead and academia will accept him, though I suspect that it will be as mean spiritted and begrudging as that accorded the immortal Poe...as in Baudelaire  is much influence by Poe, Ts Eliot is much influence by Baudelaire (the non-prissy moments)  but states he would like to think there was no Poe in his work but can never be really sure.

I agree with you, reading Bukowski will change you forever  and I think the recognition of significance in Bukowskis to future literature will be apparent to
all but the most cliched of traditionalists.  Keep going with this.
 — unknown

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