WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA Forty-Third Edition 1984-1985

“inclusion in which is limited to those individuals who have
demonstrated outstanding achievment in their own fields of
endeavor and who have, thereby, contributed significantly to
                       the betterment of contemporary society”

and upon the certificate, The Marquis Who’s Who Publications
Board embossed in fancy type
the name:

        CHARLES BUKOWSKI

well, I’ve had trouble with my name for some time, and most of
it has come in group situations, a gym class or various roll
calls of that like, and they usually come up
with:

        “BERKOWITZ!”

        “Here!” I’d answer, knowing from the past who they
meant

but always wondering how they could come up with
“Berkowitz” and “Bukowski”….

people who had never met, people miles and years
apart, who when they looked at the name
“Bukowski” still managed to come up
with:

        “BERKOWITZ!”

        “Here!”

        but…”BUKAWSKI”

that’s a new one

and I suppose it’s what I deserve for
contributing significantly to the betterment of
society.

still, it’s nice, I guess to
be in

WHO’S WHA INN AMARACA.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1985
Source
Original manuscript