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As a callow youth of twenty, I dreamed of taking the literary world by storm. I was greatly influenced by the works of Charles Bukowski, Max Jacob, Mark Twain,O'Henry,Sholem Aleichem,Kurt Vonegut,William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac,Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, John Steinbeck, Bruce Jay Friedman,Edgar Allen Poe,William Saroyan,Bernard Malamud,Henry Roth,Saul Bellow,S.J.Perelman,Philip Roth,Joseph Heller,Mario Puzo,Felice Picano,Alex Haley,William Shakespeare, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Wallace Markfield, and Norman Savage just to name a few. I was equally moved by the poetry of such greats as Lord Byron, John Keats, Percy Shelly, Dylan Thomas, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Allen Ginsberg and Max Jacob. Equally important to my development as a writer are the works of Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, Andre Gide, Andre Malraux, and Eugene Ianesco. Cinematic influences include: David Lean; the French New Wave auteurs such as Jean Luc Goddard and Francois Truffaut; the comedic geniuses of Charles Chaplin,The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton,The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, W.C.Fields, Jerry Lewis,Mel Brooks and Jacques Tati; the American masters such as Francis Ford Copolla, Martin Scorcese, George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg. I also admire the stand-up comedic artistry of such great talents as Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Alan King, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld and a host of others too numerous to mention.

With the recent publications of:

  • "The Practice and Other Stories and Selected Poems" -2005
  • "Stuff Happens or My Life As A Monkey" - A novella - 2008
  • "Bubbie and Zadie Save the Day" - Illustrated Children's Book - Xlibris, 2010
  • "Please Ask, Do Tell" - A collection of my poems that spans the last 40 years.
  • "Pandora's Box - New Collected Poems" - 2012- A collection of some of my most recent new poems.
  • "Last Call For New Poems" - 2012 - A collection of mostly new poems and some of my previously published works as well.
  • "The Kool Aid Drinkers And Other Poems" - 2013 - A collection of mostly new poems and some of my previously published works as well.

I may not have taken the hallowed halls of literature by storm, but at least I hope it proves that I still have my hand in the game.

Copies of my books book may be ordered by clicking on the website links for www.Xlibris.com or www.Amazon.com. Copies of my books may also be ordered at any retail book store through Books In Print. Peace and May God Bless. P.S.- Speaking of major artistic influences, please check out the website at the end of this text for one of America's finest modern Jazz composers and performance artists - Phil Markowitz! P.S.S.- I am also proud that Phil just happens to be my nephew!website

Also see http://jckmrkwtz.blogspot.com. All of my books are available at www.amazon.comwww.barnesnoble.com and at  www.Xlibris.com.