The Wormwood Review Vol. 10 No. 3 (Issue 39). Marvin Malone, Charles Bukowski, Bill Costley, Oliver Haddo, Gerald Locklin, Gerda Penfold, Diane Wakoski.
The Wormwood Review Vol. 10 No. 3 (Issue 39)
The Wormwood Review Vol. 10 No. 3 (Issue 39)
The Wormwood Review Vol. 10 No. 3 (Issue 39)

The Wormwood Review Vol. 10 No. 3 (Issue 39)

Stockton, CA: Wormwood Review Press, 1970. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. This vintage number of the legendary literary journal edited by Marvin Malone features four poems by Charles Bukowski, the late Beat-related sui generis barfly-bard & beloved cult favorite. The first of his poems, "A Correction To A Lady Of Poetry," begins with a quote from Diane Wakoski, the acclaimed & prolific poet who has long resided in Michigan: "I think all life is a matter of luck-- good and bad." The entire poem that follows is a street-savvy, quintessentially Bukowskian critical rejoinder to Wakoski's adage. Also in this issue are a specially colored section with a series of poems under the title of "Maestro Insana Returns!" by Oliver Haddo, a sequel to "Maestro Insana Goes West" from a previous issue (double No. 27/28); the poem "Kerouac's Names" by Bill Costley, describing his reaction to the Founding Father of the Beat Generation's death upon reading an article in a local newspaper the next day (October 22, 1969), with reproduction of that article on opposite page; several poems by Bukowski associate Gerald Locklin including "Captain Midnight Cowboy Sister Carrie" with delightful references to the classic film & books; two poems by Gerda (later known as Maia) Penfold, the under-appreciated late poet championed & published by our good friend John Bennett; & much more. With a small section of recommendations, mini-reviews, items received etc. As noted on final page, this is one of a limited edition of 700, of which this is hand-numbered copy No. 267/700. It is worth quoting an excerpt from the editor's statement on that same page: "The distinguishing quality of all good art (and even of good science) is the poetic sense. As a good poem cannot be created by a committee, Wormwood feels that what is and what will be good in America (and elsewhere) is that which is individually created. Wormwood says that teamwork is for horses and applies this maxim to both life and art." An extremely rare number of this most collectible series. In very fine condition with only lightest wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & stapled spine; a few short, faint scratches on front cover; light sunning & creasing at & near spine; staples in process of rusting but with no discernible exterior or interior bleeding. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3443]

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