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THE LUCK OF THE WORD (Excerpt)

Poem by Charles Bukowski

throughout the years
I have gotten letters
from men
who say
that reading my
books 
has helped them
get through,
go on.
this is high praise 
indeed
and I know what
they mean;
my nerve to go 
on was helped
by reading
Fante, Dostoevsky,
Lawrence Celine, Hamsun
and others…
a good book
can make an almost
impossible
existence,
livable
for the reader
and
the writer.

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“The Luck of the Word” appears in Betting on the Muse: Poems & Stories by Charles Bukowski, available at Amazon.com

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