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Poems and letters

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1959

1962

1963
 9-23-63

1964

1965

1966

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975
 song of the flies
 bet too early in the 9th
• the hollywood hustle
 whiskey sour
• the pact
 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
• broken ass like a cherry seed down the throat
• sometimes even putting a nickle
 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
 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
 PRIMAL SCREAM
 the great film director
• the 2nd. novel
• the 2nd. novel
 my lucky friend
• those flashes
• bright spots of light or serpents
• after the reading
 I watch these thin-hoofed beasts
• Hawley's leaving town
• against the window panes
 to the soul-seekers
 One for the Jag
 airplane spin
 beer
• visitor
• a lovely couple
• the edge
 the fathead
 JONES
• the meaning
• full moon
• piranhas
• the big score
 one for R.O.
 out on the branch
 garter belt
 the famous poet
 the genius
• half a goldfish
• my father and the bum
 Ezra's pretty tough
• she caught it in the air
 chauv poem
• the joke
• the anarchists
• cockroach
• mean and stingy
• IT'S ALL A MATTER OF ENTERTAINMENT
 the good guy
• the little girls
 entertainment
• little tigers everywhere
• those flashes
• a goodbye
• 3 pairs of panties
 o.d.
• after the reading
• the red pigeon
• I'm getting back to where I was
• the silver mirror (for Georgia K.)
 murder
 figs
 the hallelujah chorus

1976

1977
 two men at the track
• note for my wall
• dog
• 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 ladies who rip men apart
 a shooting
 the old quarterback
 a most serious fellow
• she's free and she's wild
 the firing of the canons
• downtown
 sam the mailman
• passport
• yes
• an old jockey
 trainer's instructions
 smashed
• it's not exactly the sun
• some notes on the word and the way
• love
• 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
 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
 this is an unhappy poem for your aunt Mary
 Venice, California, November 1977
 Scarlet
 hotel Felix
 a fact
 2nd. street, near Hollister, in Santa Monica
• 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
• 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
• the big weight-lifting feat
 have a nice day
• Sibelius and etc.
• Hollywood Ranch Market
 women at my dresser mirror
• combat primer
 coming and going
• rape
 time off
• jilted
• my buddy
 craft
• little magazines and poetry chapbooks
 Good Friday
 my instructor
 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
• 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
• those
• crazy
• Igloo
 travertine
• heart-ache
• racetrack
• you can't make a lion out of a butterfly
 I.U.(C).D.
• funny man
 trouble in the ghetto
• action down on the corner
 last try
 mosquito
 the girls are gone
• Academy Award
 mouth
• legs
 telephone
 N.Y. Times
• 4 Christs
• a great place
 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
 De Luxe
• dead again
 clown poem
• social
 1984
 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
 a mention of some lucky pay-offs
• Brown
• love
 the train station
• justice
• 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
• LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, ART
• I might get traded
• she said
 a statement upon the journey
 clones
• no eulogy
• gallery
• darlings of the word
• the new revolution
• regrets of a sort
 it only gets pleasant when you don't think too much
• one out
• the media
• 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
 hard night
 the writer
 the death of paris and many things
• a certain pride here
 the old big time
 getting ready for a summer tan as suicides mount in Delaware
• zero
• action off the board
• 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
• the announcer
 to the last one
• secret laughter shining
 the pelicans
• upon first reading the immortal literature of the world
 six weeks
 the alcoholic
 problems
 save the trees
 about the french movie director
• shut out
• don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
• 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
• never
• the fuck-master
• escape
• 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
• observation
• 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
• a cheer for modern contrivances
 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
• the unfolding
 Hemingway, drunk before noon
• driving test
• going on
• lousy mail
• SPEED!!!!!!!!
• gay paree
• I have continued writing...
 filling an order
• idols in the fight through darkness
• hard times
 a gentle alcoholic night
• a difference
• putrefaction
 it's all out the window...
 siege
• it's never been so nice
• good try, all
 spinning the ribbon
 it's all right dont lay any guilt on me
• each man's hell is different
• a visitor complains of my disenfranchise...
• i'll take it
• loll
 huzza
• a good time
 the flower of zero
• a hell of a duet
 listening to my buddy at the factory
 wild
• 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
 looking out the plate glass window of this train
 hustling against the twilight
 untitled
 culture
 hot night
 the slob
 the way it is
• Gertude up the stairway
• not listed
• shop talk
 so cheer up
 I pour a drink and toast the love of my luck
 the mutilation of the species
• I'm not a misogynist but...
 dark night poem #12
• i'm so tired
• the dogs
 the luck of the way

1986

1989

1990
• flying through space
• love crushed like a dead fly
• on the rebound
• happy birthday
• cancer
• days and nights
• love poem
• husk
• the place
• sumatra cum laude
 the fix
 defect
 a question
 everything hurts to the edge of goodness
 the dream
 a lot of nothing
 to consider where we are in this low-moulded clamp
• curious
• kiss those days goodbye
• the last salamander
• displaced
• Stomping at the Savoy
• the spill
• don't call me, I'll call you
 the gravel of sunlight
• skinny-dipping
• I'm flattered
 perfect
 accepted
 Liszts
 please
 yes
 bad night
• silverfish
• .188
 sewing machine needle
• some of this place
• cracking the odds
 fat boy
• mailbag
 hey, Pablo
 nothing
• the death of a hero
• why do you write so many poems about death?
• ow ow ow
 25 cents worth
 inside and outside
 yes
• neon
 The National Endowment for the Farts
• strange
• nothing to it
• the roaches
 the glory days
• another interview
• 1990 special
• self-invites
• you write many poems about death
• free dinner
• girl on the escalator
• outside the racetrack just before the 9th race
 visitation
 a startling sight
• before the 7th race, one mile, $32,000 claimer
 there are no great men or women
 insanity is the weakness of the will, gone begging
• it
 the subway
• straw hat
 the interviewer
 the hit parade is a hit
 prelude
 the redemption, the glory and the act
 when the hunter hunts himself
• Drieser wasn't so hot either
• counsel
 me and Faulkner
 farewell
 sitting with the drunks
 congrats, Chinask
• a final word on no final words
• checkmate
• journey
 the schoolyard of forever
 what makes?
 hell
• poem for nobody
 more than cheers
• how do they get their jobs when I had to work in a dog biscuit factory?
• why oh why oh why and why not
• dusty shoes
• lousy day
 the wine poems
• the telephone message machine
• breakfast
• clothes cost money
• small talk
 note in and from a bottle
• the curse
• anyhow
• forewarned
• the way it is
 the merciless nights
 Henry Miller
 hurry
 October 4, 1990
 see here
 shop talk
 sights to see:
• gestation
• in finality
• oh my
• the bedpan nightmare
 the movies
 turtle
• hello, how are you?
 ahhhhhh.....
• IBM
• change over
• somebody else
• upon reading an interview with a best selling novelist in the metropolitan daily
 bar
 8 count and up
 I am a true mole
 the cork thing
 being too young
 I'm buying
 our gang
 death is a good thing
• meeting them
 while listening to a piano concerto by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
 8 count and up
 Chinaski: skewered
 office supplies
 mailbag
• New York in hell
 the Death-Hole
• war and peace
• living in a great big way
 making it
 pardon me
 the editor asked
• up, down and all around
 when I consider
 flux
 party girl
• TB
 seven come eleven
 the human sacrifices
 zero minus zero minus zero minus
 feeding the chickens and you
 in with the boys
• unclassical symphony

1991

1992

1993

1994

Letters and postcards

Letters to Steve Richmond