25 The writer whose work taught me that my writing had a name - it was poetry. Bukowski's poetry broke many boundaries in terms of style and subject. The Beatniks, particularly Bukowski, make me feel like I have a crowd I fit into as a poet.
Rare photo of Jack Kerouac, late What he accomplished with alcohol is staggering; what he might have accomplished without is forever a mystery. I believe most of his books were actually written while in sober state.