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.
"If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it's your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life" - Charles Bukowski.