Charles Bukowski

Hemingway Never Did This

I read that he lost a suitcase full of manuscripts on a train and that they never were recovered. I can't match the agony of this but the other night I wrote a 3-page poem upon this computer and through my lack of diligence and practice and by playing around with commands on the menu I somehow managed to erase the poem forever. Believe me, such a thing is difficult to do even for a novice but I somehow managed to do it. Now I don't think this 3-pager was immortal but there were some crazy wild lines, now gone forever. it bothers more than a touch, it's some- thing like knocking over a good bottle of wine. And writing about it hardly makes a good poem. Still, I thought somehow you'd like to know? If not, at least you've read this far and there could be better work down the line. Let's hope so, for your sake and mine.

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