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Charles Bukowski
poem and letter manuscripts


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

   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
• 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 old quarterback
 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
• passport
• an old jockey
• yes
 trainer's instructions
 smashed
 some notes on the word and the way
• love
• it's not exactly the sun
• 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
 Venice, California, November 1977
 Scarlet
 hotel Felix
• 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
#0149; a fact
 2nd. street, near Hollister, in Santa Monica
• 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
 have a nice day
• sibelius and etc
• Hollywood Ranch Market
• the big weight-lifting feat
 women at my dresser mirror
• combat primer
 coming and going
• rape
• jilted
 time off
• my buddy
 craft
 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
• 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
• igloo
• those
• crazy
• heart-ache
• racetrack
• you can't make a lion out of a butterfly
 i.u.(c).d.
 travertine
• funny man
 trouble in the ghetto
• action down on the corner
 last try
 the girls are gone
• academy award
 mosquito
• 4 Christs
• a great place
 mouth
• legs
 telephone
 N.Y. Times
 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
• dead again
 clown poem
• social
 1984
 de luxe
 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
• Brown
• love
 the train station
• justice
 a mention of some lucky pay-offs
• 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
 a statement upon the journey
 clones
• no eulogy
• gallery
• LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, ART
• I might get traded
• she said
• darlings of the word
• the new revolution
• regrets of a sort
• one out
• the media
 it only gets pleasant when you don't think too much
• 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
 the writer
 hard night
 the death of paris and many things
 the old big time
• a certain pride here
 getting ready for a summer tan as suicides mount in Delaware
• action off the board
• zero
• 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
 to the last one
• secret laughter shining
• the announcer
 the pelicans
• upon first reading the immortal literature of the world
 six weeks
 problems
 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

   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
• 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
• never
• the fuck-master
• escape
• 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
• observation
 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
• a cheer for modern contrivances
 Hemingway, drunk before noon
• driving test
• the unfolding
• going on
• lousy mail
• gay paree
• I have continued writing...
• SPEED!!!!!!!!
• idols in the fight through darkness
• hard times
 a gentle alcoholic night
 filling an order
• putrefaction
 it's all out the window...
 siege
• a difference
• it's never been so nice
 it's all right dont lay any guilt on me
• each man's hell is different
• good try, all
 spinning the ribbon
• loll
 huzza
• a visitor complains of my disenfranchise...
• i'll take it
• a good time
 the flower of zero
 listening to my buddy at the factory
 wild
• a hell of a duet
• 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
 hustling against the twilight
 untitled
 the slob
 culture
 hot night
 the way it is
• Gertude up the stairway
• not listed
• shop talk
 so cheer up
 i pour a drink and toast
 the mutilation of the species
• I'm not a misogynist but...
 dark night poem #12
• the dogs
 the luck of the way
• i'm so tired

   1986

   1989

   1990

   1991

   1992

   1993

   1994

   letters and postcards
1962, Oct 5 Mr. Corman
1963, Jan 14 John William Corrington
1963, Jul 4 John William Corrington
1963, Jul 15 John William Corrington
1964, Feb 3 Jon and Louise Webb
1964, Feb 28 Jon and Louise Webb
1964, Nov 1 Jon and Louise Webb
1964, Dec 9 Jon and Louise Webb
1964, Dec 23 Jon and Louise Webb
1964, Dec 29 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Mar 4 Ed Blair
1965, Jun 10 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Jun 15 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Jun 15 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Jun 21 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Jun 22 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Aug 5 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Oct 10 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Oct 20 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Nov 27 Jon and Louise Webb
1965, Dec 1 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Feb 10 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Mar 2 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Mar 8 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Mar 19 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Mar 21 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Jul 11 Jon and Louise Webb
1966, Sep 6 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Jan 10 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Feb 28 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Feb 28 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Apr 19 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Apr 20 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Apr 29 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Jun 19 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Jun 25 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Jul 6 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Aug 24 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Oct 17 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Dec 26 Jon and Louise Webb
1967, Dec 27 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, Feb 17 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, Feb 25 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, Mar 20 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, May 1 Steve Richmond
1968, May 16 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, Jun 18 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, Jul 1 Jon and Louise Webb
1968, Jul 11 Jon and Louise Webb
1970, Mar 15 Jon and Louise Webb
1970, Jun 11 Jon and Louise Webb
1970, Jul 10 Jon and Louise Webb
1970, Aug 20 Jon and Louise Webb
1970, Dec 16 Norman Moser
1971, Jun 30 Carl Weissner
1971, Oct 7 Mr. Pini
1972, May 16 Louise Webb
1972, May 25 Jon and Louise Webb
1972, Aug 17 F. A. Nettelbeck
1973, Feb 7 Carl Weissner
1973, Mar 23 Carl Weissner
1973, Aug 11 Carl Weissner
1973, Sep 10 Carl Weissner
1974, Apr 22 Carl Weissner
1974, May 14 Lawrence Andrews
1974, May 14 John Bryan
1974, May 17 Carl Weissner
1974, Jul 9 Jenny
1974, Jul 26 Jenny
1974, Nov 7 Carl Weissner
1975, Apr 7 Nancy Flynn
1975, Apr 21 Nancy Flynn
1975, Apr 29 Nancy Flynn
1975, May 16 Nancy Flynn
1975, May 27 Nancy Flynn
1975, Jun 9 Bill Griffiths
1975, Nov 15 Nancy Flynn
1975, Nov 30 Linda Nanz
1976, Jan 29 Carl Weissner
1976, Feb 13 Carl Weissner
1976, Feb 15 Leo Mailman
1976, Mar 19 Jojo Planteen
1976, Jun 1 Carl Weissner
1976, Aug 27 Carl Weissner
1976, Sep 17 Carl Weissner
1976, Sep 26 Jojo Planteen
1977, Jan 10 Carl Weissner
1977, Jan 10 Libby Vaubel
1977, Jan 17 Jojo Planteen
1977, Jan 22 Libby Vaubel
1977, Feb 1 Carl Weissner
1977, Mar 29 Carl Weissner
1977, Apr 15 Libby Vaubel
1977, Apr 18 Carl Weissner
1977, May 17 Carl Weissner
1977, Jun 14 Carl Weissner
1977, Jul 24 Linda Nanz
1977, Oct 4 Ben Pleasants
1977, Nov 16 Carl Weissner
1978, Jan 1 Carl Suares
1978, Jan 17 Charolette
1978, Jan 22 Carl Weissner
1978, Jan 23 Steve
1978, Mar 12 Carl Weissner
1978, Mar 13 Red Stodolsky
1978, Jun 13 Daniel Stokes
1978, Aug 29 John Martin
1978, Aug 31 Carl Weissner
1978, Sep 3 Carl Weissner
1978, Oct 3 Carl Weissner
1978, Nov 18 Carl Weissner
1978, Dec 15 Carl Weissner
1979, Jan 15 Carl Weissner
1979, Feb 6 Carl Weissner
1979, Mar 24 Carl Weissner
1979, Jul 14 Carl Weissner
1979, Sep 17 Carl Weissner
1979, Nov 9 Carl Weissner
1980, Mar 4 Henry Malone
1980, Apr 7 Carl Weissner
1980, Sep 1 Carl Weissner
1980, Sep 1 Carl Weissner
1980, Sep 6 Carl Weissner
1980, Sep 8 Carl Weissner
1980, Sep 22 Red Stodolsky
1980, Nov 10 Carl Weissner
1981, Jan 9 Louise Webb
1981, Feb 23 Carl Weissner
1981, Apr 22 Carl Weissner
1981, Aug 11 Carl Weissner
1981, Sep 7 Carl Weissner
1981, Dec 17 Jack Stevenson
1982, Jan 3 Jack Stevenson
1982, Jan 5 Jack Stevenson
1982, Jan 26 Carl Weissner
1982, May 9 Jack Stevenson
1982, May 25 Jack Stevenson
1982, May 29 Carl Weissner
1983, May 15 Carl Weissner
1983, Sep 9 John Martin
1983, Oct 3 Karol Kleinheksel
1983, Nov 16 Carl Weissner
1984, Feb 25 J.S.
1984, Jun 11 William Packard
1984, Jul 1 William Packard
1984, Jul 13 William Packard
1984, Aug 5 Louise Webb
1984, Sep 30 William Packard
1984, Nov 16 Thorsten Schwarz
1985, Mar 19 S. Clay Wilson
1985, Apr 4 Steve Charish
1985, Aug 25 Randy Yeo
1985, Sep 13 Carl Weissner
1986, Jan 8 Arthur Feldman
1986, Mar 4 Richard Wolfe
1986, Mar 5 John Martin
1986, Mar 26 S. Clay Wilson
1986, Sep 16 John Martin
1986, Nov 15 William Packard
1987, Jan 15 Carl Weissner
1987, Apr 19 Steve Fisher
1987, Apr 25 William Packard
1987, Jul 24 Carl Weissner
1988, Jul 6 Carl Weissner
1989, Oct 11 Dennis Eichhorn
1989, Nov 30 Note to John Martin
1990, Mar 14 Louise Webb
1990, Apr 23 William Packard
1990, Aug 18 Carl Weissner
1990, Sep 13 Scott Harrison
1990, Dec 23 William Packard
1991, Feb 2 Scott Harrison
1991, Feb 22 Carl Weissner
1991, Aug 1 Carl Weissner
1991, Sep 4 Ed Smith
1992, Feb 25 Joe
1992, Jul 17 Dennis Eichhorn
1992, Oct 13 Louise Webb