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September 06, 2021


Terrific. Love the juxtaposition!

When Charles Bukowski Met Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan sits at the end of a bar gawking
at a yellow legal pad and nursing a beer;
he’s waiting for Sam Shepard to pull up a
stool and help him finish writing lyrics to
‘Brownsville Girl’. Instead of Sam Shepard,
Charles Bukowski (looking nothing like
Mikey Rourke playing Charles Bukowski)
enters the bar, sees Dylan and yells, “Hey
Zimmy, my neighbors used to play ‘Blood On
The Tracks’ all day. Every time I took a shit
it was to one of your songs. What happened,
man?” Bob sips his beer, licks the end of his
pencil and scribbles: “It’s funny how things
never turn out the way you had ‘em planned”.

Not really sure: have I entered the contest? I meant to…

Paul, yes, you're in. -JC

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
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