bukowski to martin

– excerpted from Letters of Note
letter written by Charles Bukowski to his publisher, John Martin

bukowski_st marksCharles Bukowski
St. Marks Church, 1976
photo © Jeff Kopito

I took the above photo in St.Mark’s Church at a reading that Charles Bukowski gave in 1976. It was the first live reading by a poet that I ever attended and he was one of my early reads. I brought a copy of Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame with me and walked the book up to him after the reading. He gladly signed it and drew in a small carton on the title page. I still have the book …

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