Poem and letter manuscripts

Bukowski manuscript

Poems and letters

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1959

1962

1963
 9-23-63

1964

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1969

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1973

1974

1975
 song of the flies
• the hollywood hustle
 whiskey sour
• the pact
 bet too early in the 9th. and was sent sadly down the escalator and into the parking lot--
 finger
• I'll send you a postcard
 drooling madness at st. liz:
 blood
 over a beer
 46 and 9/10's
 lovlie
 in all fairness
• in this place now--
 tables
 the famous man
• sometimes even putting a nickle into a parking meter feels fairly good--
 haul ass wonder woman
 thoughts on an evening when grey walls breathe and huff:
• the knife waltz
 you back in the ninth row, let me tell you something
• look
• broken ass like a cherry seed down the throat--
 rip-tide
• Kraznick
 the lady poetess with long blond hair and long silver gown, standing tall and explaining to her audience how the muse CAME:
 the lady's man
 constitutional rights
 A NOTE UPON A WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR WITH TINY HAIRS UNDER HIS CHIN:
 the great film director
• the 2nd. novel
• the 2nd. novel
 PRIMAL SCREAM
 my lucky friend
• those flashes...
• bright spots of lights or serpents
• after the reading:
 I watch these thin-hoofed beasts
• Hawley's leaving town
• against the window panes
 airplane spin
 to the soul-seekers:
• visitor
• a lovely couple
• the edge
 the fathead
 beer
 JONES
• the meaning
• full moon
• piranhas
• the big score
 one for R.O.:
 out on the branch
 garter belt
 the famous poet
• half a goldfish
• my father and the bum
 the genius
• she caught it in the air
 chauv poem
• the joke
• the anarchists
• cockroach
 ezra's pretty tough
• mean and stingy
• the little girls
 entertainment
• IT'S ALL A MATTER OF ENTERTAINMENT
 the good guy
• little tigers everywhere
• those flashes...
• a goodbye
• 3 pairs of panties
 o.d.
• after the reading:
• I'm getting back to where I was
• the red pigeon
 murder
• the silver mirror (for Georgia K.)
 the hallelujah chorus
 figs

1976

1977
• dog
 2 men at the track:
• note for my wall
• NOTE LEFT ON THE DRESSER BY A LADYFRIEND:
 a lazy afternoon
 professional counseling
 best bet
 uggh...
 how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?
 a matter of size
 a good show
• the pretty girl who rented rooms
• a note upon starvation
 I do it while thinking about things
 a note upon waste:
• the beach boys
 these same walls
• respite
 the old quarterback
 a most serious fellow
• she's free and she's wild
 the firing of the canons
• downtown
 Sam the mailman
• the ladies who rip men apart
 a shooting
• passport
• an old jockey
• yes
 trainer's instructions:
 smashed
 some notes on the word and the way:
• love
• it's not exactly the sun
• silk
 o, the literary life!
• it's strange
 tongue-cut
 we're all so wanted....
 shopping list
• Edith sent us
 and my mother had a nice umbrella and looked beautiful and funny in the rain....
 unleaded
 I been workin' on the railroad just to pass the time away....
 plate glass window
• 11:49 p.m. discussion
 the whores, the people at taco stands, the bus drivers, the cops, the killers, the janitors, the highschool teachers, the priests and the garbagemen...
 ow
• there's one in every bar
 the finish of moby dick
 Venice, California, November 1977
 Scarlet
 hotel Felix
• overt population
 I drove her to the food stamp place and I had a hamburger while I waited and after a while we walked around and then
 a fact
 2nd. street, near Hollister, in Santa Monica
• he uses unwaxed dental floss
• high-roller
• panasonic
• the deathly bravo
• job 36
 legs

1978
• EVEN CHATTERTON TOOK RAT POISON AND LEFT US AT PEACE
• victory
• hot dog
 winter meeting
 hooked in H
 have a nice day
• sibelius and etc
• Hollywood Ranch Market
• the big weight-lifting feat
 women at my dresser mirror
• combat primer
 coming and going
• rape
• jilted
 time off
• my buddy
 craft
 a member of the jury
 so I got out the AE-1
 there was always the danger of men who originally wrote things down well of becoming professional writers
 5000 dollars
• little magazines and poetry chapbooks
 good friday
 my instructor
• where's it at
• the end of a short love affair
 I've looked everywhere for the can opener
 a big one
 the E was all right
 the playboy of the Western world leaves the field to those who desire it
 death of the toteboards, Hollywood Park, April 21, 1978
• the yards
 chilled
• igloo
• those
• crazy
• heart-ache
• racetrack
• you can't make a lion out of a butterfly
 i.u.(c).d.
 travertine
• funny man
 trouble in the ghetto
• action down on the corner
 last try
 the girls are gone
• academy award
 mosquito
• 4 Christs
• a great place
 mouth
• legs
 telephone
 N.Y. Times
 tank jobs
• action
 sad letters from up north
• talk
• the pros
 gift
• he used to be
 a big Thursday night at Hollywood and Western
 have a nice day
• the golden god
 pretty boy
 the letters of John Steinbeck
• water the plants
• dead again
 clown poem
• social
 1984
 de luxe
 hop skip and jump
• chill
• slump
• interview
 just a touch of mox
 reality

1979

1980

1981

1982
 letter to a friend with a domestic problem
• Brown
• love
 the train station
• justice
 a mention of some lucky pay-offs
• fooling Marie
 slow night
• words for you
 agnostic
• cap
• good morning, how are you?
 405 South
• Gothic and etc.
 hands
• I am chastised
• the factory crew of Southeast L.A.
 men without women
• the eternal players
• sardines in striped dresses
 a statement upon the journey
 clones
• no eulogy
• gallery
• LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, ART
• I might get traded
• she said
• darlings of the word
• the new revolution
• regrets of a sort
• one out
• the media
 it only gets pleasant when you don't think too much
• the faithful wife
• promenade
• now here see me
 a lady with some French wine
 a poem about a lady with a red face and long blonde hair
• the suicide
 the writer
 hard night
 the death of paris and many things
 the old big time
• a certain pride here
 getting ready for a summer tan as suicides mount in Delaware
• action off the board
• zero
• bright boy
• the main course
 joy ride
• nuke me, I wouldn't know
• divorce
• the death of the snowman
• legs
• the day the epileptic spoke
• suitable
• problems in the checkout line
• I'm a failure
 she goes for the spin-off
• night on a Visa card
 the unhappy woman
• for the foxes, the defamers, the tap dancers, and the dreamers of ballet
• the perfect silence
 to the last one
• secret laughter shining
• the announcer
 the pelicans
• upon first reading the immortal literature of the world
 six weeks
 problems
 save the trees
 about the french movie director
• shut out
• don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
 the alcoholic
• a little cafe on 6th street in Pedro
 I been working on the railroad
• D. April 9, 1553

1983

1984

1985
• practice
• having the flu and nothing else to do
 in and out of the dark
 oh, it's important
 last a.m. poem
• the shack jobs
• the x-bum
 this is the real review
• the son
• the albums
 self-edit
• the boil
 yes
• horse fly
• my buddy
 all you guys
 huh
 the great wine-maker
• my turn
• never look
• about the mail
 cohorts of the hoof
• never
• the fuck-master
• escape
• strictly bullshit
• too early too late and never
• I thought the stuff tasted worse than usual
• what can I do?
 London Bridges
• quiet
 the mirage
• snake-eyes
• observation
 who's who in america
 yeah
 here it is
 you must remember that each day you get out of bed, it's a new beginning...
• bombed away
• a cheer for modern contrivances
 Hemingway, drunk before noon
• driving test
• the unfolding
• going on
• lousy mail
• gay paree
• I have continued writing...
• SPEED!!!!!!!!
• idols in the fight through darkness
• hard times
 a gentle alcoholic night
 filling an order
• putrefaction
 it's all out the window...
 siege
• a difference
• it's never been so nice
 it's all right dont lay any guilt on me
• each man's hell is different
• good try, all
 spinning the ribbon
• loll
 huzza
• a visitor complains of my disenfranchise...
• i'll take it
• a good time
 the flower of zero
 listening to my buddy at the factory
 wild
• a hell of a duet
• a simple kindness
• the barometer
• snapshot
 B L O C K
• thoughts while having a sandwich and coffee at 12:45 p.m. at a local cafe:
• final story
• a happening
 down to it
 more than the blues
 hustling against the twilight
 untitled
 the slob
 culture
 hot night
 the way it is
• Gertude up the stairway
• not listed
• shop talk
 so cheer up
 i pour a drink and toast
 the mutilation of the species
• I'm not a misogynist but...
 dark night poem #12
• the dogs
 the luck of the way
• i'm so tired

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