Charles Bukowski manuscripts

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1975
 song of the flies
• my groupie
• the pact
 bet too early in the 9th
• the hollywood hustle
 whiskey sour
• I'll send you a postcard
• finger
 drooling madness at st. liz:
 blood
 over a beer
 46 and 9/10's
 lovlie
• in this place now
 in all fairness
 tables
 the famous man
 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
• the knife waltz
 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
• against the window panes
 I watch these thin-hoofed beasts
• Hawley's leaving town
 airplane spin
 to the soul-seekers
 One for the Jag
 the fathead
 beer
• visitor
• a lovely couple
• the edge
 JONES
• 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
• thoughts from a stone bench in Venice
 Ezra's pretty tough
• she caught it in the air
 chauv poem
• the joke
• the anarchists
• cockroach
• mean and stingy
• the little girls
 entertainment
• IT'S ALL A MATTER OF ENTERTAINMENT
 the good guy
• little tigers everywhere
• after the reading
• the red pigeon
• I'm getting back to where I was
• those flashes
• a goodbye
• 3 pairs of panties
 o.d.
• the silver mirror (for Georgia K.)
 murder
 figs
 the hallelujah chorus

1976

1977
• 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
 uggh...
 how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?
 a matter of size
 a good show
• respite
• 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
• 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
 a most serious fellow
• passport
• an old jockey
• yes
 trainer's instructions
 smashed
• love
• it's not exactly the sun
• some notes on the word and the way
• tongue-cut
 we're all so wanted
• silk
 o, the literary life!
• it's strange
 shopping list
• edith sent us
 plate glass window
• 11:49 p.m. discussion
 and my mother had a nice umbrella
 unleaded
 I been workin' on the railroad just to pass the time away
 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...
 ow
• there's one in every bar
 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
• Hollywood Ranch Market
• the big weight-lifting feat
 have a nice day
• Sibelius and etc.
• combat primer
 women at my dresser mirror
 coming and going
• rape
• anonymity
 the way
• jilted
 time off
• my buddy
 craft
 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
 a member of the jury
 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
 the playboy of the Western world leaves the field to those who desire it--
 chilled
• Igloo
• those
• crazy
 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
• 4 Christs
• a great place
 mouth
• legs
 telephone
 N.Y. Times
 tank jobs
• action...
 sad letters from up North
• the pros
• talk
• 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
 clown poem
• social
 1984
 De Luxe
• dead again
• slump
• interview
 hop, skip and jump
• chill
 the immortals
 just a touch of mox
 reality

1979

1980

1981
• heavy like dogs with cement shoes walking my skull
• talking to the barkeep
 forget your writing class, get on your writing ass
• good pay
• genius
• heavy like dogs with cement shoes walking my skull
• it was night a little while ago
 dim love down low
• kissing me away
 tv is getting better
• Harbor Freeway South
• dirty poem
• Harbor Freeway South
• model
• listening to the radio at 1:35 a.m.
 the night I broke away from Hemingway
• the old soul-suck life
• my god
• come back
• I never bring my wife
• this habit
• my Mexican buddy
• grip the light
 WRONG WAY
• the machinary of loss
• back to the machinegun
• Carson McCullers
• pick up
• the last generation
• sloppy day
• the green cadillac
 knowing all along that you're not the only one to think like this
• Ma Barker would have loved me
• and i still don't vote
• pain like an old black and white snapshot
 jung cats
• Ma Barker would have loved me
• no man is an island
• a close call while shopping
 purple
• bob
 how was your childhood?
• Kenyon review after the sandstorm
 kitchen floor poem
• my 3 friends
 about a correspondence
• no man is an island
• an importation
• EMERGENCY
• garden talk
• Jane and Droll
 renewal
• jack-knife
• writing is very much a state of trance
• yours
 renewal
• writing is a state of trance
• the girls
• yours
 Two Ton
• windy night
• an answer to an eleventh grade student in Philadelphia:

1982
• 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
• making it
• words for you
 men without women, per Hemingway
• good morning, how are you?
• the eternal players
 405 South
• Gothic and etc.
 hands
• I am chastised
• the factory crew of Southeast L.A.
 men without women
• the main course
 men without women
• no eulogy
• sardines in striped dresses
• LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, ART
• no eulogy
• clones
• no eulogy
• gallery
• the main course
• LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, ART
• I might get traded
• she said
• the main course
 a statement upon the journey
• darlings of the word
• the new revolution
• regrets of a sort
• the media
• my doctor
 it only gets pleasant when you don't think too much
• one out
• the media
• my doctor
• the lucky ones
• the lucky ones
• the girls from nowhere
• the girls from nowhere
• the faithful wife
• 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
 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
• action off the board
• zero
• bright boy
• beaujolais jadot
 joy ride
• nuke me, I wouldn't know
• divorce
• the death of the snowman
• the day the epileptic spoke
• suitable
• legs
• 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
• the announcer
 to the last one
• secret laughter shining
 six weeks
 the pelicans
• upon first reading the immortal literature of the world
 about the french movie director
• shut out
• don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
 the alcoholic
 problems
 save the trees
• I been working on the railroad
• D. April 9, 1553
• a little cafe on 6th street in Pedro

1983
• a loser
• macho man
 poem from down under
• the condition
• takeover
• those girls we followed home
• darlings
• out of place
• my walls of love
• the history of a tough motherfucker
• goodbye, flying circus
• the history of a tough motherfucker
 lost in the various hinterlands
• fingernails
 don't play it again sam
• take it
 he left
• the star
• macho man
• THE POET
• like it was waiting
• here I am
• my critics are sometimes right
• fall out
• I fall into it without trying...
• how I got started
• 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
• how I got started
• not to worry
• nice try
• nice try
• it was all right
• success?
• about pain
• interview
• NAKED AT 92 DEGREES
• decades centuries of error
• balloons
 i'll take it all
• love
• love
• love
• they need what they need
 the pack
• result
• something cares
 some night
• re-union
• the priest
• sex and/or love
• let them be found
 Dear Mr. Chinaski
• Dear Mr. Martin
• 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
 eunuch
 it's no mystery
 killed by a bad poem
• out of the blue
• telephone
• 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)

1984

1985
 last a.m. poem
• the shack jobs
• the x-bum
 this is the real review
• practice
• having the flu and nothing else to do
 in and out of the dark
 oh, it's important
• my buddy
 all you guys
 huh?
 the great wine-maker
• my turn
• never look
 cohorts of the hoof
• never
• about the mail
• the fuck-master
• escape
• the albums
• the son
 self-edit
• the boil
 yes
• horse fly
• observation
• strictly bullshit
• too early too late and never
• what can I do?
• quiet
• I thought the stuff tasted worse than usual
 London Bridges
• snake-eyes
 the mirage
• 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
 yeah
 here it is
• driving test
• Hemingway, drunk before noon
• the unfolding
• going on
• lousy mail
• 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...
 siege
• 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
 huzza
• i'll take it
• a visitor complains of my disenfranchise...
• loll
• a good time
 the flower of zero
• a hell of a duet
 listening to my buddy at the factory
 wild
• snapshot
 B L O C K
• the barometer
• a simple kindness
• 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
 untitled
 culture
 hot night
 the slob
• love crushed like a dead fly
 the way it is
• not listed
• Gertude up the stairway
 so cheer up
 I pour a drink and toast the love of my luck
 the mutilation of the species
• shop talk
• I'm not a misogynist but...
 dark night poem #12
 the luck of the way
• the dogs
• i'm so tired
 modern age insomnia

1986
• yeah
• this most delicate profession
• an angel and an asshole
• it's funny, isn't it?
 goodbye
• the burning of the dream
• the Rape of the Holy Mother
 on fame
• cause and effect
• about the PEN conference:
 from #47695
 maintaining
• if I had failed the struggle there would have been none...
 my critics
 BUKOWSKI
• my friend, Howie
• ow
 no good
 dirty poem
 alphabet of an alcoholic
• it's all right
• it's all right
• lost in San Pedro
• lost in San Pedro
• my cat, the writer
• 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
 the melt-down
• dear old dad
• 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
 near Nirvana
• the end of an era
• how to get out?
 i am giving away the prize
 dead
 full circle
 listen, let me tell you of olden days
• a common interest
• 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
• the girls and the birds
 switching
 pardon me you got some light
 immobile
 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...

1989

1990
• cancer
• meeting them
• days and nights
• the mirror game
• the movies
• my buddy
• girl on the escalator
• flying through space
• no leaders
• hello, how are you?
• not normal
• I am a true mole
• on the rebound
• The Kenyon Review and other matters
• happy birthday
• my buddy
• love poem
• husk
 defect
• the place
• sumatra cum laude
 the fix
 a lot of nothing
 everything hurts to the edge of goodness
 a question
• the dream
 to consider where we are in this low-moulded clamp
• curious
• 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
 perfect
• skinny-dipping
• I'm flattered
 Liszts
 accepted
 yes
 please
• silverfish
 bad night
• .188
 sewing machine needle
• some of this place
• cracking the odds
 fat boy
 inside and outside
 yes
• mailbag
 hey, Pablo
 nothing
• the death of a hero
• why do you write so many poems about death?
• ow ow ow
 25 cents worth
• 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
• it
• girl on the escalator
• outside the racetrack just before the 9th race
 visitation
 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
 prelude
 the subway
• straw hat
 the interviewer
 the redemption, the glory and the act
 when the hunter hunts himself
• Drieser wasn't so hot either
• counsel
 me and Faulkner
• congrats, Chinask
 farewell
 sitting with the drunks
• a final word on no final words
• checkmate
• journey
• the schoolyard of forever
 what makes?
 hell
• another Portfolio
• poem for nobody
• dusty shoes
 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
• lousy day
 the wine poems
• the telephone message machine
• breakfast
• clothes cost money
• small talk
 note in and from a bottle
• the curse
• the way it is
• anyhow
• forewarned
 see here
 shop talk
 sights to see:
 the merciless nights
 Henry Miller
 hurry
 October 4, 1990
• gestation
• in finality
• oh my
• the bedpan nightmare
 the movies
 turtle
• hello, how are you?
 ahhhhhh.....
• IBM
 bar
• change over
• somebody else
• upon reading an interview with a best selling novelist in the metropolitan daily
 I am a true mole
 8 count and up
 the cork thing
• our gang
 being too young
 I'm buying
 8 count and up
 Chinaski: skewered
 death is a good thing
• meeting them
 while listening to a piano concerto by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
• living in a great big way
 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
 the human sacrifices
 seven come eleven
 feeding the chickens and you
 in with the boys
• unclassical symphony
 zero minus zero minus zero minus

1991
• from the Dept. of English
• the inspection
• the modern life
• he showed me his buttocks
• last will and testament
• not much singing
• hurry slowly hurry
• lousy mail
• Genius, unfettered
• the interview
• mountain
• the hardest
• late payment
• hymn from the hurricane of the blinking eye
• lousy mail
• German
• my big night on the town
• he's a dog who types
 laugh a minute
• notes on the telephone
• I don't know about you but
• the mail
• the girls
• it got away
• my companion
• learning the ropes
• I inherit
• man's best friend
• giving thanks
• the joke
• a name is nothing if the named is nothing
• liar, liar, your pants are on fire!
 8 count
• I know you
• the march
• a grounder to the shortstop
• lark in the dark
• neither Shakespeare or Mickey Spillane
• hey, hey, hey
• life on the half shell
 slow learner
• I used to feel sorry for Henry Miller
• going
• just trying to do a good deed
• a new war
• the horses of Mexico
 living in a great big way
 note from hell in the mailbox
• I used to think
• the Mexican fighters
• good news
• killing life
• night cap
• the lonely hearts of the universe
• traffic report
• in one ear and out the other
• the mice
 hanging there
• the Nile runs north
• human nature
• the longest snake in the world
• goading and whipping the muse
 in search of the hero
• the minute
• the harder you try, the harder you die
• no dice
• hummingbird chance
• looking back
• God's man
• a model
• hardly Nirvana
• no return address
• hunger
• Lord Byron
• Hemingway never did this
• Hemingway never did this
• last seat at the end
• in the shadow of the rose
• it got away
• block
• the pile-up
• last seat on the end
• last seat on the end
• welcome darkness
• the sheep
• paris
• these good people
• writing
• as the poems go
• hands
• writing
• met a man on the street
• met a man on the street
• some luck somehow
• classical
• the luck of the draw
• iron
• the horseplayer
• night cap
• how to get rid of the great purists
• a note upon the masses
• a note on the masses
 genius by the shore

1992

1993

1994