This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me. Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafk
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.