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Signed by Charles Bukowski: Penguin Modern Poets 13 (1969)

Signed by Charles Bukowski: Penguin Modern Poets 13 (1969)

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Published in 1969, Penguin Modern Poets 13 was Bukowski’s first work published by a major publishing house and introduced him to a mainstream audience of readers. In letters from the time, Bukowski is much more excited about being published by Penguin than his first book with Black Sparrow Press, At Terror Street and Agony Way.

This copy is signed by Charles Bukowski on the title page. Please note that this is a later signature.

This copy is in great shape. Unlike most copies, the interior pages are white and bright. With most copies, the interior pages are toned with age because of the cheap paper used. The black covers show some edgewear and overall wear, but not like the majority of copies out there. There is a crease on the upper write corner, but its impact on the interior pages is minimal. The title page with the signature has a few a faint wrinkles. Overall, in solid Near Fine condition.

Bukowski shares this volume with Philip Lamantia and Harold Norse. There are 25 previously published Bukowski poems in the volume, taking up over a third of the book:

The list of poems include:

I Cannot Stand Tears - pg. 11
Crucifix In A Death Hand - pg. 12
The Sunday Artist - pg. 14
A Nice Day - pg. 15
The Twins - pg. 17
Dinner, Rain and Transport - pg. 19
The Priest And The Matador - pg. 21
Sunflower - pg. 22
Old Man, Dead In A Room - pg. 24
The Day It Rained At The Los Angeles County Museum - pg. 26
Counsel - pg. 28
The Loss, The Loss, The Loss - pg. 30
The Sun Wields Mercy - pg. 32
I Am With The Roots Of Flowers - pg. 35
Love And Fame And Death - pg. 37
They, All Of Them, Know - pg. 38
Confession For Those Who Do Not Breathe At Funerals - pg. 42
I Wait In The White Rain - pg. 44
Sway With Me - pg. 46
A Report Upon The Consumption Of Myself - pg. 47
A Farewell Thing While Breathing - pg. 49
I Write This Upon The Last Drink's Hammer - pg. 50
When The Berry Bush Dies I'll Swim Down The Green River With My Hair On Fire - pg. 55
I Was Born To Hustle Roses Down The Avenues Of The Dead - pg. 57
Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks And You... - pg. 59
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