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Wormwood Review 81-82 -- Deluxe Edition Signed Twice by Bukowski (19/50)

Wormwood Review 81-82 -- Deluxe Edition Signed Twice by Bukowski (19/50)

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Published in 1981, Wormwood Review 81/82 featured four Bukowski drawings, one uncollected short story, and three uncollected Poems (12 Poems Total).

This is one of fifty deluxe copies of the issue. It is signed by Bukowski twice, once on the cover and once behind the front cover. It is hand number numbered 19/50 below the second signature and hand spelled nineteen on the colophon.

This copy is in Near Fine + condition with a tiny bump on the top of the spind and one on the upper right of the front cover.

Charles Bukowski always felt Wormwood Review was the best small magazine out there and was grateful that they were one of the first to recognize his work. In return, Bukowski continued to contribute to the magazine right up until his death in 1994.

Published in 1981, Wormwood 81& 82 was a double issue featuring a 20-page center section featuring 12 poems, four drawings and one short story by Charles Bukowski.

There were 700 copies printed.

A Friend is a short story that has yet to be published again.

The poems include:

All Together Now - pg. 16
Hollywood Ranch Market - pg. 17
Edith Sent Us - pg. 19
Night School - pg. 20
The Old Pinch Hitter - pg. 22
Scarlet - pg. 23
Have A Nice Day - pg. 28
Chill - pg. 30
The Trashing Of The Dildo - pg. 31
A Bad Night For My Buddy - pg. 32
Action Down On The Corner - pg. 33
The German Hotel - pg. 34

Scarlet, Have A Nice Day, and A Bad Night For My Buddy have yet to be published again.

All Together Now and The German Hotel appeared in Shakespeare Never Did This.

Hollywood Ranch Market and Action Down On The Corner later appeared in What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire (1999).

Chill, Edith Sent Us, and The Old Pinch Hitter later appeared in Open All Night (2000).

Night School appeared in Dangling in the Tournefortia (1981) and On Drinking (2019).

The Trashing Of The Dildo later appeared in On Love (2016).

Wormwood Review was published by the legendary Marvin Malone (1930-1996). Malone was a pharmacologist, scientific researcher, educator, artist, poetry collector, and editor. Upon arrival to Storrs, Connecticut in 1960, Malone discovered the second issue of Wormwood Review and soon took over the publication as the sole editor, publisher, and designer (alias A. Sypher), producing quarterly issues until his death in 1996.

Wormwood Review ran for 144 issues (1959-1997). Christa Malone, Marvin's daughter, co-edited issue 144 after Marvin's death, and released issue 145/146 as a special tribute issue to Marvin in 1999.

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