"Fay had grey hair and always dressed in black. She said she was protesting the war."

Fay's character was based on Frances Smith whom Bukowski had his only child with, he refered to her as Old Snaggle Tooth. She was also a sucessful poet.

An extract from one for old snaggle tooth...

"she has created a better world

she has won.

Frances, this poem is for

 you."