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Charles Bukowski

These Words I Write Keep Me From Total Madness


Bukowski submitted poems to literary magazines, little and big, throughout his writing career. Collecting those publications into a bibliography is a daunting, if not impossible task. This list is an arbitrary selection of magazine publications and is not intended to be authoritative.

"Between the Earthquake, the Volcano and the Leopard." Antaeus 75/76. (1994 Autumn) pp. 241-246.

Includes several poems eventually published in Betting on the Muse: "Fante", "the observer", "August, 1993", "this night", "betting on now."

"Funny Man." Editor's Choice II: Fiction, Poetry, & Art from the U.S. Small Press. Morty Sklar & Mary Biggs, eds. Iowa City IO: The Spirit that Moves Us Press, 1987. pp. 78-79.

First published in The Midatlantic Review, no. 11, in 1979.

Horses Don't Bet on People & Neither Do I. Stockton CA: Wormwood Review Press, 1984. pp. 83-124.

Issued as Wormwood Revew 95, vol. 24, no. 3.

We'll Take Them. Sparrow 72. Los Angeles CA: Black Sparrow, 1978.

The final issue of Sparrow magazine devoted to Bukowski poetry. Sparrow was a vehicle for Black Sparrow to cultivate new authors in a literary venue and to reinforce the press' mainstays, such as Bukowski.

Africa, Paris, Greece. Sparrow 30. Los Angeles CA: Black Sparrow, 1975.

"Sparrow appears monthly. It prints poetry, essay, criticism, commentaries, and reviews. Each issue presents the work of a single author." 8 poems.

While the Music Played. Sparrow 5. Los Angeles CA: Black Sparrow, 1973.

Eleven poems published in Black Sparrow's Sparrow magazine that later appear in Play the Piano Drunk.

"The Birth, Life and Death of an Underground Newspaper." Evergreen Review 13.70 (September 1969): 41-43, 67-72.

Article about the Los Angeles underground newspaper Open Pussy.

"Men's Crapper." Evergreen Review 11.50 (December 1967): 75.

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