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Bukowski manuscript

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
 blood
 drooling madness at st. liz:
 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
• Hawley's leaving town
 I watch these thin-hoofed beasts
• against the window panes
 airplane spin
 to the soul-seekers
 One for the Jag
 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
• the red pigeon
• I'm getting back to where I was
• those flashes
• a goodbye
• 3 pairs of panties
 o.d.
• after the reading
• 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
 sam the mailman
• 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
• passport
• yes
• an old jockey
 trainer's instructions
 smashed
• love
• it's not exactly the sun
• some notes on the word and the way
 we're all so wanted
• silk
 o, the literary life!
• it's strange
 tongue-cut
 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
 Venice, California, November 1977
 this is an unhappy poem for your aunt Mary
 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
• jilted
 time off
• my buddy
 craft
 5000 dollars
• 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--
• 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--
• the yards
 death of the toteboards, Hollywood Park, April 21, 1978
 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
 ...a big Thursday night at Hollywood and Western...::
• he used to be
 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
• chill
 hop, skip and jump
• slump
• interview
 reality
 just a touch of mox

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
• the suicide
• now here see me
 a lady with some French wine
 a poem about a lady with a red face and long blonde hair
 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
• suitable
• legs
• the day the epileptic spoke
• problems in the checkout line
• night on a Visa card
 the unhappy woman
• I'm a failure
 she goes for the spin-off
• 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
• D. April 9, 1553
• a little cafe on 6th street in Pedro
 I been working on the railroad

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
 cohorts of the hoof
• about the mail
• never
• the fuck-master
• escape
• the son
• the albums
 self-edit
• the boil
 yes
• horse fly
• my buddy
 all you guys
 the great wine-maker
 huh?
• my turn
• never look
• observation
• strictly bullshit
• too early too late and never
• what can I do?
• I thought the stuff tasted worse than usual
• quiet
 London Bridges
 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
 it's all out the window...
 siege
• a difference
• putrefaction
• it's never been so nice
 spinning the ribbon
• good try, all
 it's all right dont lay any guilt on me
• each man's hell is different
• i'll take it
• a visitor complains of my disenfranchise...
• loll
 huzza
• a good time
 the flower of zero
• a hell of a duet
 listening to my buddy at the factory
 wild
• the barometer
• a simple kindness
• 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
 looking out the plate glass window of this train
 culture
 hot night
 the slob
• love crushed like a dead fly
 the way it is
• not listed
• Gertude up the stairway
 the mutilation of the species
 I pour a drink and toast the love of my luck
• shop talk
 so cheer up
• 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
• on the rebound
• happy birthday
• cancer
• days and nights
• love poem
• husk
• the place
• sumatra cum laude
 the fix
 defect
 everything hurts to the edge of goodness
 a question
 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
• don't call me, I'll call you
 the gravel of sunlight
• the spill
• skinny-dipping
• I'm flattered
 perfect
 Liszts
 accepted
 please
 yes
• silverfish
 bad night
• .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
 yes
 inside and outside
• neon
 The National Endowment for the Farts
• strange
• nothing to it
• the roaches
• you write many poems about death
 the glory days
• another interview
• 1990 special
• free dinner
• self-invites
• girl on the escalator
• outside the racetrack just before the 9th race
 visitation
• it
 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
 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
• 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
 more than cheers
 the wine poems
• lousy day
• 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
 I am a true mole
 8 count and up
 the cork thing
 being too young
 I'm buying
 our gang
• meeting them
 while listening to a piano concerto by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
 8 count and up
 Chinaski: skewered
 death is a good thing
 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