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Tales of Ordinary Madness Chapter Summary & Analysis - Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit Summary

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Great Poets Die in Steaming Pots of Shit Summary

Bukowski goes to the grocery store with an intense hangover to buy something to eat before he must go to work at the post office. A man at the store recognizes him and praises his poetry. He especially admires a poem that he interprets to be about loneliness, which Bukowski wrote to describe how difficult it is to ever get away from people. The man cannot understand why such a great poet would have to go to work at a post office, and he demands that the checkout clerk not charge Bukowski for his groceries. Bukowski finally brushes him off after promising that he will come and visit the man again. He imagines the man returning home and telling his wife about poor lonely Bukowski.

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