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Tom Waits and Bono read Bukowski

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As we continue to celebrate LA poet Charles Bukowski this week, we turn our attentions to rock stars Tom Waits and Bono, who read two poems that were written at the end of the master's long life. Waits was clearly a fan of the work, and one can hear quite a bit of the Bukowski style in some of Waits' tunes, in particular the song/story "Swordfishtrombones."

And Bono is just jumping on another bandwagon, but God bless him. This clip is from the excellent film "Born Into This", which was released last summer.

Feel free to read along with the poems, which follow after the jump.