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Cooney New Years Card with Excerpt from Bukowski Letter, Blue Variant

Cooney New Years Card with Excerpt from Bukowski Letter, Blue Variant

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This is a rare, fun little item with an excerpt from a 1966 Charles Bukowski letter to fellow poet Anne Menebroker.

In typical form, Bukowski shares his dread of the upcoming holidays.

“Xmas season is when the populace really becomes beastly, they cram and run and flurry wild and mama empty-eyed; me, me, I got! my family! Safe! Goods! Roof! Food! A drink in hand! Whoopee! – what sickening stuff. It’s pressure and haste, a MUST. nothing is easy or good about it.
Then… HAPPY NEW YEAR. Uggg,”
Letter to Anne Menebroker. 11-23-1966

This New Years greeting was created by Seamus Cooney in 1992, who at that time was compiling the first of several compilations of Bukowski letters for Black Sparrow Press. The result was an incredible achievement. Researchers and fans alike are indebted to Cooney.

Only 75 copies numbered copies were produced, but this one is not numbered and may have been a prototype.

It is a single sheet folded twice to create four pages and measures approximately 5.25” x 4”.

Making fun of the low production value, Cooney printed, “An A-item Wannabee” on the back of the greeting.

This copy is in fine, like-new condition.

R.I.P Seamus Cooney (1933-2023)

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