Charles Bukowski manuscripts

Bukowski manuscript

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 song of the flies
• my groupie
 whiskey sour
• the pact
 bet too early in the 9th
• the hollywood hustle
• finger
• I'll send you a postcard
 drooling madness at st. liz:
 over a beer
 46 and 9/10's
 in all fairness
• in this place now
 the famous man
• the knife waltz
 you back in the ninth row, let me tell you something
• look
• 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
• 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
• the 2nd. novel
 the great film director
• the 2nd. novel
 my lucky friend
• those flashes
• bright spots of light or serpents
• after the reading
• against the window panes
• Hawley's leaving town
 I watch these thin-hoofed beasts
 One for the Jag
 airplane spin
 to the soul-seekers
• visitor
• a lovely couple
• the edge
 the fathead
• the meaning
• full moon
• piranhas
 one for R.O.
 out on the branch
• the big score
 the famous poet
 garter belt
 the genius
• half a goldfish
• my father and the bum
• the anarchists
• cockroach
• thoughts from a stone bench in Venice
 Ezra's pretty tough
• she caught it in the air
 chauv poem
• the joke
• mean and stingy
• the little girls
 the good guy
• little tigers everywhere
• 3 pairs of panties
• after the reading
• I'm getting back to where I was
• the red pigeon
• those flashes
• a goodbye
• the silver mirror (for Georgia K.)
 the hallelujah chorus


• dog
 two men at the track
• note for my wall
• note left on the dresser by a ladyfriend
 a lazy afternoon
 professional counseling
 best bet
 how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?
 a matter of size
 a good show
 a note upon waste
• the beach boys
 these same walls
• respite
• the pretty girl who rented rooms
• a note upon starvation
 I do it while thinking about things
 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
 the old quarterback
• passport
• an old jockey
• yes
 trainer's instructions
• love
• it's not exactly the sun
• some notes on the word and the way
• it's strange
• tongue-cut
 we're all so wanted
• silk
 o, the literary life!
 shopping list
• edith sent us
 plate glass window
• 11:49 p.m. discussion
 and my mother had a nice umbrella
 I been workin' on the railroad just to pass the time away
• there's one in every bar
 the finish of Moby Dick
 the whores, the people at taco stands, the bus drivers, the cops, the killers, the janitors, the highschool teachers, the priests and the garbagemen...
 this is an unhappy poem for your aunt Mary
 Venice, California, November 1977
 hotel Felix
 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
• overt population
• panasonic
• the deathly bravo
• he uses unwaxed dental floss
• high-roller
• job #36

• victory
• hot dog
 winter meeting
 hooked in H
• Sibelius and etc.
• Hollywood Ranch Market
• the big weight-lifting feat
 have a nice day
• combat primer
 women at my dresser mirror
 coming and going
• rape
• anonymity
 the way
• jilted
 time off
• my buddy
 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
 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
• 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
• Igloo
• those
• crazy
• heart-ache
• racetrack
• you can't make a lion out of a butterfly
• funny man
 trouble in the ghetto
• action down on the corner
 last try
 the girls are gone
• Academy Award
• 4 Christs
• a great place
• legs
 N.Y. Times
 tank jobs
 sad letters from up North
• action...
• the pros
• talk
• gift
• the letters of John Steinbeck
• water the plants
 ...a big Thursday night at Hollywood and Western...::
• he used to be
 have a nice day
• the golden god
 pretty boy
 clown poem
• social
 De Luxe
• dead again
 hop, skip and jump
• chill
• slump
• interview
 the immortals
 just a touch of mox




• letter to a friend with a domestic problem
• justice
 a mention of some lucky pay-offs
• Brown
• love
 the train station
• fooling Marie
 slow night
• agnostic
• cap
• words for you
• good morning, how are you?
• I am chastised
• the factory crew of Southeast L.A.
 men without women
• the eternal players
 405 South
• Gothic and etc.
• sardines in striped dresses
 a statement upon the journey
• clones
• no eulogy
• gallery
• I might get traded
• she said
• 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 girls from nowhere
• the faithful wife
• the girls from nowhere
• promenade
 a lady with some French wine
 a poem about a lady with a red face and long blonde hair
• the suicide
• now here see me
• "I demand a little respect" Roger Dangerfield
 hard night, hard times, useless hard
 the writer
 hard night
 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
• action off the board
• zero
• bright boy
• the main course
• beaujolais jadot
 joy ride
• nuke me, I wouldn't know
• divorce
• the death of the snowman
• the day the epileptic spoke
• suitable
• legs
• 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
• secret laughter shining
• the announcer
 to the last one
 six weeks
 the pelicans
• upon first reading the immortal literature of the world
 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

• a loser
• the condition
 poem from down under
• takeover
• those girls we followed home
• my walls of love
• darlings
• out of place
• the history of a tough motherfucker
 lost in the various hinterlands
• goodbye, flying circus
• the history of a tough motherfucker
• fingernails
 don't play it again sam
• take it
 he left
• the star
• here I am
• fall out
• I fall into it without trying...
• my critics are sometimes right
• how I got started
• how I got started
• not to worry
• note upon the love letters of Beethoven
• a hot sweaty day in August
• proclamation and instructions
• the little girls hissed
• truce
• how I got started
• it was all right
• success?
• about pain
• interview
• decades centuries of error
• balloons
 i'll take it all
• love
• they need what they need
 the pack
• result
• something cares
 Dear Mr. Chinaski
• Dear Mr. Martin
 some night
• re-union
• the priest
• sex and/or love
• let them be found
• a note to the boys in the back room
• residue
• Saratoga hot walker
 for a man who walks around my typewriter very often
• girls get back on your reels
 shop talk
 it's fundamental
• out of the blue
• telephone
 it's no mystery
 killed by a bad poem
• eating my senior citizen's dinner at the Sizzler
• sweater
 the bookcase
• John Dillenger marches on
• suggestion for an arrangement
• the two toughest apes in the South Bay area (for K.P.)
• out of the money (Celine is 3 dots)


 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
• practice
• having the flu and nothing else to do
• the boil
• horse fly
• my buddy
 all you guys
 the great wine-maker
• my turn
• never look
 cohorts of the hoof
• never
• about the mail
• the fuck-master
• escape
• the son
• the albums
 London Bridges
• snake-eyes
 the mirage
• observation
• strictly bullshit
• too early too late and never
• what can I do?
• quiet
• I thought the stuff tasted worse than usual
 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
 who's who in america
• driving test
• Hemingway, drunk before noon
• the unfolding
• lousy mail
• going on
• I have continued writing...
• SPEED!!!!!!!!
• gay paree
 a gentle alcoholic night
 filling an order
• idols in the fight through darkness
• hard times
 it's all out the window...
• a difference
• putrefaction
• it's never been so nice
• each man's hell is different
 spinning the ribbon
• good try, all
 it's all right dont lay any guilt on me
• loll
• i'll take it
• a visitor complains of my disenfranchise...
 the flower of zero
• a good time
• a hell of a duet
 listening to my buddy at the factory
• a simple kindness
• snapshot
 B L O C K
• the barometer
• thoughts while having a sandwich and coffee at 12:45 p.m. at a local cafe:
• a happening
• final story
 down to it
 more than the blues
 looking out the plate glass window of this train
 hustling against the twilight
 hot night
 the slob
• love crushed like a dead fly
 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
 the luck of the way
• the dogs
• i'm so tired
 modern age insomnia

• the burning of the dream
• the Rape of the Holy Mother
 on fame
• cause and effect
• yeah
• this most delicate profession
• an angel and an asshole
• it's funny, isn't it?
• ow
• about the PEN conference:
 from #47695
• if I had failed the struggle there would have been none...
 my critics
• my friend, Howie
 alphabet of an alcoholic
 no good
 dirty poem
• to the ladies who no longer think of me
• A.D. 701-62
• a lady who wants to help
• a re-evaluation
• just trying to get a little service
 a consideration of the structure------
• birthday party
• buddha chinaski says
• my cat, the writer
• dear old dad
 the melt-down
 near Nirvana
• the end of an era
• the other day i saw a man reading the Wall Street Journal as if it did contain something...
• a bit of gardening
• a terrible need
• I am known
• how to get out?
 i am giving away the prize
• a common interest
 full circle
 listen, let me tell you of olden days
• for the lady who hates it
• night quarterhorse racing, Hollywood Park
• sometimes you go a bit crazy
• tired in the afterdusk
• the dream, the dream, the dream...
 false praise
 the winner
• the last drink
 no chance
 pardon me you got some light
 upon our location
 a poem that doesn't work but one that I still keep playing with like a cat with a toy mouse that won't become alive
• immortal wino
• yawn...


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