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Charles Bukowski: Broadsides

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SECTION B:
This index includes broadsides featuring poems and stories from  the 1940’s to the late 1960’s: from Bukowski’s first appearance to roughly the time that his work started being published in collected volumes by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press; the period of time covered by Sanford Dorbin’s Bibliography.


1. 20 TANKS FROM KASSELDOWN
Washington D.C.: Black Sun Press, Spring 1946
First edition, broadside, 12″ x 16″,  (1000 copies). Published as part of PORTFOLIO AN IN­TERNATIONAL REVIEW, No. 3, edited by Caresse Crosby. (Dorbin D2, Krumhansl 1)


2. HIS WIFE, THE PAINTER
buk_hiswifeEureka: Hearse Press, 1960
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 11″, (201 copies), letterpress printed. Published as Hearse Broadside No. 1. (Dorbin B1, C248, Krumhansl 2, 14a)

From Krumhansl, “201 copies were published 16 June 1960, 50 of which were distributed to various poets and friends of E.V. Griffith, publisher of Hearse Press. 150 copies were included in Coffin 1 and the remaining copy was used for the offset pasteup of Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail.”

3. THE PRIEST AND THE MATADOR
buk_priestN.P.: N.P., 1962
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. (Dorbin B4, Krumhansl 10)
[not in archive]



4. SAME OLD THING, SHAKESPEARE THROUGH MAILER
buk_sameold
Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1963
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed, offprint of pages 2 and 3 from Wormwood Review 11.
(not in Dorbin, Krumhansl 11)

5. THE PAPER ON THE FLOOR
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
First edition, folded broadside, 7″ x 11″ sheet folded once to make four pages, (151 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of COFFIN, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith (Dorbin C250, Krumhansl 14b)

6. THE OLD MAN ON THE CORNER
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 4″ x 11″, (150 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of COFFIN, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith (Dorbin C249, Krumhansl 14c)



7. WASTE BASKET 
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 6″, (150 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of COFFIN, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith (Dorbin C251, Krumhansl 14d)


8. TRUE STORY
buk_truestory_xLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B6, Krumhansl 18)
[not in archive]



9. ON GOING OUT TO GET THE MAIL
buk_ongoing_x
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B7, Krumhansl 19)
[not in archive]



10. TO KISS THE WORMS GOODNIGHT
buk_tokiss_xLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B8, Krumhansl 20)
[not in archive]



11. THE GIRLS / FOR THE MERCY MONGERS
buk_thegirls_xLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B9, Krumhansl 22)
[not in archive]



12. THE FLOWER LOVER / I MET A GENIUS
buk_flowerloverLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B6, Krumhansl 24)
[not in archive]



13. THE NATURE OF THE THREAT AND WHAT TO DO
San Francisco: Nevada/Tattoo Press, 1969
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. Published as part of  PEACE AMONGST THE ANTS (Krumhansl 33)


Charles Bukowski

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Section A: Books and Chapbooks
Section B: Broadsides
Section C: Contributions to Books and Anthologies
Section D: Contributions to Periodicals
Section E: Miscellaneous Prose


Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in the LA underground newspaper Open City. Bukowski published extensively in small literary magazines and with small presses beginning in the early 1940s and continuing on through the early 1990s.

Regarding Bukowski’s enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, “the secret of Bukowski’s appeal. . . [is that] he combines the confessional poet’s promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero.”

When Bukowski was 24, his short story “Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip” was published in Story magazine. Two years later, another short story, “20 Tanks from Kasseldown”, was published by the Black Sun Press in Issue III of Portfolio: An Intercontinental Quarterly, a limited-run, loose-leaf broadside collection printed in 1946 and edited by Caresse Crosby. Failing to break into the literary world, Bukowski grew disillusioned with the publication process and quit writing for almost a decade, a time that he referred to as a “ten-year drunk”. These “lost years” formed the basis for his later semi-autobiographical chronicles, although they are fictionalized versions of Bukowski’s life through his highly stylized alter-ego, Henry Chinaski.

During part of this period he continued living in Los Angeles, working at a pickle factory for a short time but also spending some time roaming about the United States, working sporadically and staying in cheap rooming houses. In the early 1950s, Bukowski took a job as a fill-in letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Los Angeles but resigned just before he reached three years’ service.

By 1960, Bukowski had returned to the post office in Los Angeles where he began work as a letter filing clerk, a position he held for more than a decade.

Jon and Louise Webb, now recognized as giants of the post-war ‘small-press movement’, published The Outsider literary magazine and featured some of Bukowski’s poetry. Under the Loujon Press imprint, they published Bukowski’s It Catches My Heart in Its Hands in 1963 and Crucifix in a Deathhand in 1965.

Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” for Los Angeles’ Open City, an underground newspaper. When Open City was shut down in 1969, the column was picked up by the Los Angeles Free Press as well as the hippie underground paper NOLA Express in New Orleans. In 1969 Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski launched their own short-lived mimeographed literary magazine, Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. They produced 3 issues over the next 2 years.

In 1969 Bukowski accepted an offer from Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin and quit his post office job to dedicate himself to full-time writing. He was then 49 years old. As he explained in a letter at the time, “I have one of two choices – stay in the post office and go crazy … or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve.” Less than one month after leaving the postal service he finished his first novel, Post Office. As a measure of respect for Martin’s financial support and faith in a relatively unknown writer, Bukowski published almost all of his subsequent major works with Black Sparrow Press. An avid supporter of small independent presses, he continued to submit poems and short stories to innumerable small publications throughout his career.

Bukowski died of leukemia on March 9, 1994, in San Pedro, aged 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.


References consulted:

Debritto, Abel. “Cacoethes Scribendi: A Comprehensive Checklist of Charles Bukowski’s Earliest Publications, 1940-1969”, published in RESOURCES FOR AMERICAN LITERARY STUDY, Vol. 35, edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Richard Kopley
New York: AMS Press, September 2012

Dorbin, Sanford. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969

Fogel, Al. CHARLES BUKOWSKI: A COMPREHENSIVE PRICE GUIDE & CHECKLIST — 1944-1999
Surfside: The Sole Proprietor Press, 1999

Krumhansl, Aaron. A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRIMARY PUBLICATIONS OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999


Online resources:
Collecting Bukowski
Bukowski.net
Wormwood Review