Time is of the essence, people! On March 1st, a petition will be submitted, proposing the creation of a postage stamp in honor of Charles Bukowski. In case you need a reason to add your voice to the chorus, I'll share a personal story that will most likely make me look like an enormous nerd. Back in high school, I was a formalist, loved poetry with rhyme and meter, and wrote my own verses that way. But when I hit 17, I found myself chafing under the constraints of scansion. I discovered Bukowski's "Bluebird" and never looked back. I still love a good sonnet, but there was something about the accessibility of Bukowski, the simplicity and grittiness, that helped me cull my own experiences and write more honestly. If you love his work as much as I do, sign your name to the petition. And don't miss Ecco's latest posthumous collection, The Continual Condition.