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Satis 5: Two First Appearance Poems and First Critical Study on Charles Bukowski (1962)

Satis 5: Two First Appearance Poems and First Critical Study on Charles Bukowski (1962)

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Published in 1962, Satis 5 (Late Final Issue) featured two First Appearance poems by Bukowski along with the first critical study on Bukowski’s work.

A 350 Dollar Horse And A Hundred Dollar Whore would later appear in the books It Catches My Heart In Its Hands (1963) Heat Wave (1995), as well as the audio recordings At Terror Street and Agony Way (1998) and Bukowski Reads His Poetry (2004).

What Seems To Be The Trouble, Gentlemen? would later appear in the books Cold Dogs in the Courtyard (1965), A Bukowski Sampler (1969) and The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills (1969).

But the most important piece in this journal is the first critical study on Bukowski’s work, “Charles Bukowski: Poet in a ruined landscape.” It was written by R. R. Cuscaden, an early proponent of Bukowski’s work.

Contributors include nselm Hollo, Barris Mills, Charles Edward Eaton, Larry Eigner, Richard Weber, J.H. Prynne, Godfrey John, Ken Wlaschin, John Ambrose, and R.R.Cuscaden.

Along with Ron Offen, Cuscaden was the co-editor of Mainstream: A quarterly journal of poetry (1957), an early publisher of Richard Brautigan. Offen and Cuscaden were also co-editors of Odyssey: Explorations in contemporary poetry and the arts (1958-1959), which published the early work of Charles Bukowski, LeRoi Jones, David Ray, and others.

In the early 1960s Cuscaden edited the literary magazine Midwest: A magazine of poetry and opinion. Contributors included Bukowski, Robert Bly, Cid Corman, Marvin Bell, and Lucien Stryk.

Operating out of Chicago, he also published a chapbook series, Midwest Poetry Chapbooks, which included Bukowski's Run with the Hunted (1962).

This copy is in near Very Good ++ condition with some small chips to the spine and covers and a Library Stamp on the front cover from New Mexico State University, dated Oct. 20, 1976.

Overall, a very nice copy of this groundbreaking poetry journal edited by Mathew Mead and published out of Newcastle, England.

Please note: Satis 1-4 are also available, which (with Satid 5) is the complete run of this important journal.

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