A collection of five chapbooks and periodicals featuring the work of Charles Bukowski, including one of only 26 copies of the rare broadside poem, ‘The Drowning.’


Collection includes:

  • The Wormwood Review: Vol. 21, No. 1-2, Issue 81/82, 48 pp. 21x13.5cm. Malone, Marvin, editor. Stockton, CA: The Wormwood Review Press, 1981. Original saddle stitched wrappers with cover art done by Bukowski. Two-tone page block with Bukowski’s contribution differentiated by the use of orange paper. Issue includes Bukowski’s Good-By To Hollywood (Plus Four Drawings) along with literary works from other authors that made their first appearance in this issue of Wormwood. This copy No. 499 from a total limitation of 700. Fine.
  • Blow: No. 6, 20pp. 22x14cm. Kleinheksel, Karol, editor. Portland, OR: Grey Whale Press, 1984. Original pale green saddle stitched wrappers, indicating this to be a second printing. Entire issue dedicated to the poetry of Bukowski, with a review of his short story collection, Hot Water Music. Very mild bumps to corners and front cover edges. Near Fine.
  • Pig In A Pamphlet: No. 12, 10 pp. 13.8x10.8cm. Calhoun, Harry, editor. Pittsburgh, PA: Pig in a Poke Press, 1985. Red printed saddle stitched wrappers with facsimile Bukowski drawing and signature. Chapbook dedicated entirely to poems by Bukowski. Fine.
  • Beauti-ful & Other Long Poems. The Wormwood Review: Vol. 28, No. 2-3, Issue 110/111, 41-88 pp. [48 pp. total], 20.5x13.5cm. Malone, Marvin, editor. Stockton, CA: The Wormwood Review Press, 1988. Original illustrated maroon saddle stitched wrappers, stamped in black with cover art by Bukowski. Entire issue devoted to Bukowski’s poetry. This copy No. 411 from a total limitation of 700. Fine.
  • The Drowning. 21.5x15.8cm. Bottle of Smoke Press, 2007. Folded broadside poem tipped into a printed folder. The broadside has a deckle edge to the bottom. The folder is a tan textured heavy stock. The author’s name and title of the work embossed in black, separated by a decorative accent embossed in red. One of 26 copies printed for friends of John Martin. Martin was the founder of Black Sparrow Press and the long-time publisher of Bukowski’s work (Wikipedia). According to a 2007 forum post by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press, “The poem itself [The Drowning] has not ever had separate publication and has only appeared once, in ‘The Southern Poetry Review’ in 1965.” Fine. Scarce.

Five Chapbooks and Periodicals Featuring the Work of Charles Bukowski