Very Good Plus. First printing. One of about only 5000 copies published in April of 1972. Edited by Gail Chiarrello. Just a wee bit of sunning to card covers, and mild spotting to top and bottom edges, read creases to spine. A clean, tight copy of one of Buk's scarcest--especially in the first edition-and certainly the book containing his most savage and savagely funny writings. (Krumhansl 40) This collection contains the notorious and hilarious tale entitled "Six Inches"--Buk's very own fabulous (literally! ) contribution to the Fairy Tale genre. as well as 64 other pieces. One of Bukowski's most sought-after--and elusive titles. Black and white cover photo of the man with Acne Vulgaris by Brad Darby. "...Bukowski is a legend in his time...a madman, a recluse, a lover...tender, vicious...never the same...these are exceptional stories that come pounding out of his violent and depraved life...horrible and holy...you cannot read them and ever come away the same again..." (from back cover notes, probably G.C. -Editor)
In 1975, yes folks, the dark ages of the dawn of disco and polyester, and cheesiness, I woke up to the world of poetry. Sitting in my living room in San Diego, watching public television with my ex-boyfriend on a Sunday afternoon, a televised poetry reading was the feature of the day. The stage was empty, save a refrigerator, a small table, a chair, I believe a lamp, and a book. The audience, full capacity filled with ex-hippies, budding yuppies, and college students who got their doses of "culture" from the LA Free Press. A gentleman who looked like he was just pulled off the street, was introduced, walked out on the stage, went to the frig and took out a long neck bottle of beer (it was well stocked), sat down, took long pull, lit a cigarette, put on half-glasses, and began reading this incredible poetry. It was indescribably wonderful to the two of us. He exposed the underside of the rock, a life that was very close to what we had come to know as daily living. The frustrations, the joy, the madness of trying to be a part of what's acceptable, and not really fitting into the mold. We immediately went on a search for a copy of this book and anything else we were able to find, poetry, novels, films, recordings. R,I.P. Charles (Henry), I will always be fan and promoter of your timeless genius..
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