If I were going to send up Charles Bukowski properly on what would've been his 92nd birthday, there would be a whiskey bender, a filthy gutter, and a sweet-faced one-legged hooker. What I can do during work hours is thoroughly upset myself (and you) by re-reading two of his most heartbreaking poems about his first love, Jane Cooney Baker. Tell me they aren't precious things, and I'll tell you your heart is cold.
Ecco has recently made available 10 of Bukowski's eBooks, each at $1.99. If you know the depth and desperate beauty of his work, you know that's a steal. Happy Birthday, Chinaski.