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from You Get So Alone at Times that It Just Makes Sense
by Charles Bukowski

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"Would you suggest writing as a career?" one of the students asked me.

"Are you trying to be funny?" I asked him.

"No, no, I'm serious. Would you advise writing as a career?"

"Writing chooses you, you don't choose it."

—from Tales of Ordinary Madness



wearing the collar

I live with a lady and four cats
and some days we all get
along.

some days I have trouble with
one of the
cats.

other days I have trouble with
two of the
cats.

other days,
three.

some days I have trouble with
all four of the
cats

and the
lady:

ten eyes looking at me
as if I was a dog.


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