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Introduction To Bukowski
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I had just been to the dentist whose matronly assistant had cleaned my teeth whiter and brighter than they had ever been, 
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I was young and so poor that I guess she knew I'd probably not be in for my next appointment for at least another 20 years so she had cleaned them accordingly, 
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she said she could actually tell by how deeply my teeth had been gouged out for fillings when I was a kid where my dentist had gone to school, 
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I was pretty impressed by her powers of observation,
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even if it had been a backhanded elitist slur,
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hey, she had all the tools.
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On the way back to my crappy two and a half I decided to duck into a bookstore downtown, 
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I went straight to the second floor to the poetry section and began leafing through my old favourites, Yeats, and Bishop, and Ginsberg, and Ferlinghetti,  
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tucked in amongst them all I noticed a book by a poet I'd never read before, 
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as soon as I opened it and read the first line I was hooked, 
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I couldn't put it down until I had read it through, 
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I remember sitting down in a chair and unbuttoning my coat, I probably read every poem two or three times, 
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I read everything they had by him,
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I couldn't believe it, it was as if I had been set free, 
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he said everything I wanted to hear, and some I didn't, 
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I was so happy to know that an alcoholic, womanizing bastard could write such great poetry that I couldn't wait to get back home and set to work.
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when I got back to my apartment I found that the door had been jimmied and my apartment had been ransacked, all my records we're gone, my stereo, my TV, 
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but they'd left my box of poems untouched. 
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in the back of my mind I could hear Bukowski pissing himself laughing.
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27 Dec 17

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Reads as prose but who cares. You entertained royally which is what it's about.
Would like to have seen that specific first line & precisely which poem of Buk's lured you under his spell. Did you miss a trick there maybe?
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