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April 15, 2022

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It's just very hard for me to understand Bukowski's popularity. I value Best American Poetry--but this is image-less, cliche and banal. No? Am I wrong? And if so, why?

As I write my praise for this BAP posting of a terrific Charles Bukowski poem, I glance to my left and found, spine out in a short pile, my copy of Bukoswski's SIFTING THROUGH THE MADNESS FOR THE WORD, THE LINE, THE WAY. Was he winking at me? I like to think so. Is it kismet? Perhaps. But what is certain is this inspired choice from Bukowski's verse. Bravo!

Thank you, Dr. Earle -- as always your comments are valuable.
Ms Burroway, I endeavored to discuss Bukoqwski's appeal here: https://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2011/09/bukowski.html

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