Bukowski reference in Raymond Carver poem (1 Viewer)

Hello. In Carver's poem "Cadillacs and Poetry" he cites a line pruported to be by Bukowksi, "We'd all like to pass by in a 1995 Cadillac". I cannot find the reference for this line, any help? Also, check out Carver's fantastic Bukowski imitation, "You Don't Know What Love Is" (from his book Fires).
Thanks, S,
After a quick search nearest match I see is

always in the poem​
we fall short.​
to say the final word​
you must​
kill the fish,​
throw away the​
head and tail​
(especially the eyes)​
and eat the rest.​
there is this hunger​
to drive down the road​
looking for it​
in a 1998 Cadillac,​
trees along the road,​
a dung-spotted moon,​
and to run it down​
and get out and​
look at it,​
hold it in your hand​
and look at it,​
examine it​
(especially the eyes)​
then throw it all away​
Cadillac off.​
Bukowski may not have originally written 1998 though, what with dying in 1994.
Bukowski may not have originally written 1998 though, what with dying in 1994.

Knowing nothing about him, I didn't realise that Carver died in 1988. The above poem wasn't collected until 2007. So unless it was published in some form earlier elsewhere, I'd say that Carver was just imagining the line or else there's some other Cadillac reference in another poem that he is alluding to.
I think both Carver and Bukowski are projecting themselves into the future in these poems, wishing to be around to drive a future Cadillac. Neither of them lived to buy the model they reference though. Carver bought a Mercedes with cash as soon as he started earning money from his books in the 1980s. He did meet Bukowski in the 70s, so maybe it's a line he heard then.

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