On Love | Chapter 8 of 9

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As in On Cats (Ecco, 2015), all the poems in On Love are faithful reproductions of the manuscripts Bukowski submitted to small press editors; editorial changes have been kept to a minimum. If a given manuscript could not be found, then the appropriate magazine version was used in an attempt to preserve Bukowski’s voice and style—the poems published by Black Sparrow Press, especially in the case of the posthumous collections, were dramatically changed. The sources below indicate which version is being used for each poem as well as its date of publication.

“mine.” Semina 2, December 1957; collected in The Days Run Like Wild Horses Over the Hills, 1969.

“layover.” The Naked Ear 9, late 1957; collected in The Roominghouse Madrigals, 1988.

“the day I kicked a bankroll out the window.” Quicksilver 12.2, Summer 1959; collected in The Roominghouse

“I taste the ashes of your death.” Nomad 1, Winter 1959; collected in The Days

“love is a piece of paper torn to bits.” Coastlines 14-15, Spring 1960; collected in The Roominghouse

“to the whore who took my poems.” Quagga 1.3, September 1960; collected in Burning in Water, Drowning in Fire, 1974.

“shoes.” Late 1960 manuscript; collected in The People Look Like Flowers at Last, 2007.

“a real thing, a good woman.” Early 1961 manuscript; collected in Come On In!, 2006.

“one night stand.” Late 1961 manuscript; collected in The Rooming-house

“the mischief of expiration.” February 1962 manuscript; collected as “beauty gone” in Open All Night, 2000.

“love is a form of selfishness.” Mummy, 1962; previously uncollected.

“for Jane: with all the love I had, which was not enough.” 1962 manuscript; collected in The Days

“for Jane.” The Wormwood Review 8, December 1962; collected in The Days

“notice.” Sciamachy 5, 1963; collected in The Days

“my real love in Athens.” Nadada 1, August 1964; previously uncollected.

“sleeping woman.” The Wormwood Review 16, December 1964; collected in The Days

“a party here—machineguns, tanks, an army fighting against men on rooftops.” Kauri 10, October 1965; previously uncollected.

“for the 18 months of Marina Louise.” 1965 manuscript; collected as “Marina” in Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, 1972.

“poem for my daughter.” Showcase 3, July 1966; collected in The People Look Like

“answer to a note found in the mailbox.” Salted Feathers 10, August 1967; previously uncollected.

“all the love of me goes out to her (for A.M.).” Late 1969 manuscript, first titled “the waitress”; previously uncollected.

“an answer to a critic of sorts.” Stooge 5, 1970; previously uncollected.

“the shower.” March 1971 manuscript; collected in Mockingbird

“2 carnations.” April 26, 1971 manuscript; collected in Mockingbird

“have you ever kissed a panther?” May 1971 manuscript; collected in Mockingbird

“the best love poem I can write at the moment.” June 15, 1971 manuscript; previously uncollected.

“balling.” November 2, 1971 manuscript; previously uncollected.

“hot.” Event 2.2, 1972; collected in Burning

“smiling, shining, singing.” December 22, 1972 manuscript; collected in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire, 1999.

“visit to Venice.” Vagabond 17, 1973; previously uncollected.

“love poem to Marina.” Second Coming 2.3, 1973; previously uncollected.

“I can hear the sound of human lives being ripped to pieces.” c. 1973 manuscript; collected as “the sound of human lives” in Burning

“for those 3.” Early 1970s manuscript; previously unpublished.

“blue moon, oh bleweeww mooooon how I adore you!”. June 27, 1974 manuscript; collected in Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit, 1979. This poem is part of a longer poem, “extant,” which remains uncollected.

“the first love.” July 21, 1974 manuscript; collected as “first love” in Bone Palace Ballet, 1997.

“love.” August 2, 1974 manuscript; collected as “sloppy love” in What Matters ….

“raw with love (for N.W.).” Los Angeles Free Press 530, September 1974; collected in What Matters

“a love poem for all the women I have known.” September 15, 1974 manuscript (second draft); collected as “a love poem” in War All The Time, 1984.

“fax.” January 23, 1975 manuscript (second draft); collected as “sweet music” in Love Is a Dog from Hell, 1977, and as “it beats love” in The Night Torn Mad with Footsteps, 2001.

“one for the shoeshine man.” May 17, 1975 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“who in the hell is Tom Jones?”. June 4, 1975 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“sitting in a sandwich joint just off the freeway.” June 22, 1975 manuscript; collected as “sitting in a sandwich joint” in Love Is a Dog

“a definition.” November 15, 1975 manuscript; collected in The Night Torn

“an acceptance slip.” November 27, 1975 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog … as “my old man,” and as “acceptance” in The People Look Like

“the end of a short affair.” January 19, 1976 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“one for old snaggle-tooth.” January 23, 1976 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“prayer for a whore in bad weather.” February 7, 1976 manuscript; collected as “prayer in bad weather” in Love Is a Dog

“I made a mistake.” Scarlet, April 1976; collected in Love Is a Dog

“the 6 foot goddess (for S.D.).” June 4, 1976 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“quiet clean girls in gingham dresses.” September 15, 1976 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“tonight.” September 23, 1976 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“pacific telephone.” November 1, 1976 manuscript; collected in Love Is a Dog

“hunchback.” November 20, 1976 manuscript; collected in What Matters

“mermaid.” October 9, 1977 manuscript; collected in Play the Piano

“yes.” November 9, 1977 manuscript; collected in Dangling in the Tournefortia, 1981.

“2nd. street, near Hollister, in Santa Monica.” December 18, 1977 manuscript; previously uncollected.

“the trashing of the dildo.” June 30, 1978 manuscript; previously uncollected.

“a place to relax.” May 21, 1979 manuscript; collected in What Matters

“snap snap.” June 28, 1979 manuscript; collected in Dangling

“for the little one.” July 19, 1980 manuscript; collected in Dangling

“hello, Barbara.” January 2, 1981 manuscript; collected in Dangling … An early, shorter draft of this poem, “upon phoning an x-wife not seen for 20 years,” dated October 19, 1977, appeared in Open All Night.

“Carson McCullers.” October 24, 1981 manuscript; collected in The Night Torn

“Jane and Droll.” December 13, 1981 manuscript; collected as “Jane and Prince” in Open All Night.

“we get along.” June 11, 1982 manuscript; collected in Open All Night.

“it was all right.” June 22, 1982 manuscript; previously unpublished.

“my walls of love.” February 20, 1983 manuscript; previously unpublished.

“eulogy to a hell of a dame.” June 12, 1983 manuscript; collected in War All the Time.

“love.” January 7, 1984 manuscript; collected as “endless love” in Come On In!

“eulogy.” January 24, 1984 manuscript; collected in The Night Torn

“40 years ago in that hotel room.” February 1984 manuscript; collected in The Night Torn

“a magician, gone.” October 8, 1984 manuscript (second draft); collected in You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense, 1986.

“no luck for that.” January 21, 1985 manuscript; collected as “no help for that” in You Get So Alone

“love poem to a stripper.” February 1985 manuscript; collected in You Get So Alone

“love crushed like a dead fly.” October 1985 manuscript; collected as “love dead like a crushed fly” in The Night Torn

“shoes.” Late 1985 manuscript; collected in You Get So Alone

“pulled down shade.” October 1986 manuscript; collected in The Last Night of Earth Poems, 1992.

“Trollius and trellises.” Long Shot 7, 1988; collected in The Last Night

“turn.” c. 1989 manuscript; previously unpublished.

“oh, I was a ladies’ man!”. c. 1989 manuscript; collected in The Last Night

“love poem.” January 7, 1990 manuscript; collected as “cancer” in Come On In!

“a dog.” Gas 2, 1991; collected as “this dog” in Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way, 2003.

“the strong man.” March 29, 1991 manuscript; collected in Betting on the Muse, 1996.

“the bluebird.” the bluebird broadside, September 1991; collected in The Last Night

“the dressmaker.” Whoreson Dog 1, 1993; collected in Sifting

“confessions.” Red Cedar Review 4, 1993; collected as “confession” in The Last Night

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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