craft

and while the poets are
supported by the
state and the county and
the government
while the poets are
supported by their
husbands
by their wives
by their
friends and
other relatives
the poets themselves
fail to understand why
people don’t buy
poetry;
almost all of them
consider it
a matter of
public
rather than
private
ignorance,
and many of these
have classes
where they teach and
advise
others
how to write
a similar
poesy.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1978
Source
Original manuscript
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