Buk on Ginsberg
"When Allen Ginsberg arrived at the party, Bukowski latched on to him and buried him under his shoulder. 'Ladies and Gentlemen,' Bukowski shouted, 'We've got Allen Ginsberg as guest of honor tonight. Can you believe it? Allen Ginsberg!' His voice wouldn't carry above the music. 'I wish somebody'd unplug that machine. Cut it, you bastards.' He drew Ginsberg up tighter. 'A man of genius, the first poet to cut through light and consciousness for two thousand years and these bastards don't even appreciate it. Have a drink Allen.' ....Bukowski hugged Ginsberg closer and he rubbed Bukowski's back. 'That feels good Allen, real good. No lie.'
Ginsberg had been taken in by all the flattery, but when he saw that Bukowski was going to force some booze down his throat he slumped in a fake drunken drawl and said that he had been drinking all night.
'God, it's good to see you Allen, really. I don't care if you are a fake. Did you hear that folks? Washed up. Everybody knows that after Howl you never wrote anything worth a shit. How about that folks, a vote, Has Allen written anything worth a shit since Howl and Kay'dish?'....
'Kah'dish', Ginsberg said, correcting Bukowski.
Bukowski backed up, fending off the blow. 'Allen, you're tearing me apart. You're a barracuda, Allen. Eating me up with your tongue. Hey, why don't you have another drink?' and Bukowski grabbed a drink out of someone's hand, drank half of it, stuck it in Ginsberg's hand. Ginsberg took a sip of the Jack Daniels straight and nearly vomited, thinking it was wine. As Bukowski turned, he dashed for it slipping away through the crowd.
'Where'd he go?' Bukowski asked. 'Oh well, ' and he grabbed a young woman who had been standing quietly against the bar all night."
Ric Reynolds, 1974, "Partying with the Poets" in Sunlight Here I Am.
"I've never said this before but I am high enough as I write this to perhaps say that Ginsberg has been the most awakening force in American poetry since Walt [Whitman]." From "A Rambling Essay" in Portions.
Jean-Francois Duval has a good book Bukowski and the Beats about Buk, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kerouac, Corso.