Charles Bukowski Is a Nightmare

Charles Bukowski is a nightmare.

Charles Bukowski is not a nightmare
so long as you remain ignorant of
publishing as a business, literary magazines,
the puff system, forgery, the tenured avant garde,
actually existing alcoholism and addiction,
and have yet to hear an interviewer on WCLK Radio,
Clark College, Atlanta,
ask Ron Carter about “the future of the jazz industry.”

But as soon as you learn about any single one of these things,
Charles Bukowski is a nightmare.

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