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Sparrow 30 (First Printing) -- Seven First Appearance Charles Bukowski Poems (1973)

Sparrow 30 (First Printing) -- Seven First Appearance Charles Bukowski Poems (1973)

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John Martin started publishing Sparrow Magazine back in 1973.  It featured softcover issues dedicated to a single poet that Black Sparrow Press had under contract. It doesn’t appear to have had a regular publishing schedule, so I’m not sure what the occasion was for putting out an issue. It wasn’t based on new books being published, at least in Bukowski’s case, because all four Sparrows dedicated to his poems would not be published until 1979’s “Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit.”

Published in 1975, Sparrow 30, “Africa, Paris, Greece” contains the following poems:

Blue Moon, Oh Bleweeww Mooooon How I Adore You!
Face Of A Political Candidate On A Street Billboard
Nothing Is As Effective As Defeat
Solid State Marty
Yankee Doodle

This copy is in Near Fine condition with a touch of toning to the covers.

As an aside, First Printings of Sparrow have the red color cover, while Second Printings have a black and white cover.

Box 28

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