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Kauri No. 15 -- Letter Excerpt and One Early Charles Bukowski Bit Of Prose (1966)

Kauri No. 15 -- Letter Excerpt and One Early Charles Bukowski Bit Of Prose (1966)

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Published in 1966, Kauri No. 15 (July/August) featured a Bukowski prose piece named:

Save The World

It’s a humorous piece about a woman named Dorothy Healy, who Bukowski identifies as the spokeswoman for the Communist Party, who apparently paid a visit to Bukowski’s De Longpre apartment.

The piece would not be collected for 49 years before it appeared in The Bell Tolls for No One (2015).

There is also a two-paragraph excerpt from a Bukowski letter prior to the poem.

Kauri was published by Will Inman, a true 1960s rebel who was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956 where he was accused of being the head of the Communist Party in North Carolina. Inman pleaded the fifth in response to all questions.

From 1964 to 1977, Inman edited and published the seminal poetry newsletter Kauri, part of the Mimeo Revolution of the 1960s, where he published the work of Charles Bukowski, Clarence Major, Walter Lowenfels, William Packard, Ron Silliman, and John Sinclair. The title, Kauri, is the Hindi word for the seashell known to English speaking peoples as a cowrie shell. In 1967 he was appointed Poet-in-Residence at American University.

Inman didn’t particularly care for Bukowski’s poetry, but he felt his poems balanced out the various poetry schools of poets who appeared in Kauri. If nothing else, Bukowski (who contributed to eight issues of Kauri) was certainly entertaining with various letters and raw poems that appeared in Kauri.

Please Note: Surviving issues of Kauri are all fragile, some more than others.

This copy is in Not-So-Terrible condition. The last two pages are holding on by one staple and there is some discoloration to the cheap paper. Overall, a pretty nice copy for Kauri.

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