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A Following

 the phone rang at 1:30 a.
and it was a man from Denver: "Chinaski, you got a following in Denver.
" "yeah?" "yeah, I got a magazine and I want some poems from you.
" "FUCK YOU, CHINASKI!" I heard a voice in the background.
"I see you have a friend," I said.
"yeah," he answered, "now, I want six poems.
" "CHINASKI SUCKS! CHINASKI'S A PRICK!" I heard the other voice.
"you fellows been drinking?" I asked.
"so what?" he answered.
"you drink.
" "that's true.
" "CHINASKI'S AN ASSHOLE!" then the editor of the magazine gave me the address and I copied it down on the back of an envelope.
"send us some poems now.
" "I'll see what I can do.
" "CHINASKI WRITES SHIT!" "goodbye," I said.
"goodbye," said the editor.
I hung up.
there are certainly any number of lonely people without much to do with their nights.

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