Cindi and I spent most of Saturday night (8-5-06) in downtown Los Angeles - she wanted to have dinner at the Farmer's Market, and I wanted to visit 5124 De Longpre Ave - one of Charles Bulowski's early residences.
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Bukowski lived on De Longpre from late 1964 until the middle of 1973. It's where he and John Martin first met (Martin went on to establish Black Sparrow Press to publish Bukowski's poetry). Bukowski also wrote his first novel, "Post Office," on De Longpre. Cindi and I arrived just before sunset and spent about half an hour walking and looking around. To add to the solemnity of the occasion, I was carrying a copy of Bukowski's "The Last of the Earth Poems." It was beatific.
I'm going to try and write a short story about it - I've got about four paragraphs roughed out:
(working title - "Pilgrimage to De Longpre Ave.")
My name is john. john doe, Ph.D. I have been a civilian employee of the United States Navy for almost twelve years. I am currently assigned as a Clinical Psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
I am also an incurable Charles Bulowski fan.
Recently, I attended a four day medical conference at the VA Medical Center in Los Angeles. I invited my longtime girlfriend, Cindi, to accompany me. Cindi is a regional retail specialist for a major watch manufacture, as well as a weekend disc jockey at a not-so-succesful bay area radio station. She quickly accepted my invitation.
Cindi and I have known each other for over twenty years - and have been dating for ten. Our relationship, to say the least, has been a tenuous one. The last eight months has been especially trying. I was hoping that we could relax and spend some quality time together; perhaps even take our relationship to a new level.
We started making plans.
Eventually we made it over to the Farmer's Market and had dinner at the Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. I had the Turkey Burger with the peanut coleslaw and she had the Western Tri Tip Sandwich. Unfortunatly, after we'd each had a couple of drinks, we got into a big argument and that abruptly ended the evening (we have since made-up).
Sam Shepard's "Cruising Paradise."
Wendell Berry's "Fidelity."
Henry Miller's "Big Sur." (I'm up to page 236!)
Finally, I was very happy about the response to my poem, "Doctor John's Love Poem." I wrote it last winter but was hesitant to post it. I was shocked by the positive response it received - it was even the "most read item in poetry this week" for a day or so (that's never happened to me before!) - so thanks.