I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead. Men without eyes, men without voices, men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions. Men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideas
25 The writer whose work taught me that my writing had a name - it was poetry. Bukowski's poetry broke many boundaries in terms of style and subject. The Beatniks, particularly Bukowski, make me feel like I have a crowd I fit into as a poet.