introduction and an afterword making 103 sections in all. (Hank had to have one more, though his chapters are much shorter.) He alternated between writing the prose for Women and the poems which appeared in Love Is Like a Dog from Hell. He found writing the short stories easy, they were relaxing. After that he would return to the poetry: ‘I jump back and forth.14 One helps the other. … [stories] just come straight on out. I’ll change a line or two that’s awkward. I revise poems much more.
CB to Tom McNamara, April 16, 1965; CB to Kirby Congdon, March, 1966 68. As far as Hank was concerned … CB to Al Purdy, 3 January 1965 69. ‘Bukowski is a tough write …’ Vieux Carre Courier, Vol 2, 14, 28 May 1965 70. ‘That’s what a good writer will do to you …’ CB to Jim Roman, 23 July 1965 71. He told Richmond there were so few people … CB to Steve Richmond, 23 July 1965; CB int. Jean-Francois Duval 72. Hank liked a singalong … 7 September 1965 73. That November he had another haemorrhage
feeling of having to shake loose and nail the other person before he finished you’. It was never personal, even when he became violent in bars and the fight spilled out into the street. Fights were Hank’s way of making human contact, a necessity of life: I think violence is often misinterpreted.65 Certain violence is needed. There is, in all of us, an energy that demands an outlet. I think that if the energy is constrained, we go mad. The ultimate peacefulness we all desire is not a desirable
by Bukowski until long after they married. Dorbin’s usually authoritative bibliography only lists one issue of Harlequin: volume two, number one, printed eight poems and three short stories by Hank but that was dated 1957 and by then he was co-editing the magazine with his wife. Barbara Frye, called Joyce in Post Office, was only 23 – born 6 January 1932 – eleven years younger than Hank, and was brought up by her grandparents after her parents divorced when she was two years old. She was born
South and West, El Corno Emplumado, Outcry, Northwest Review, Rongwrong, Mummy, In/Sert and the Wormwood Review, often more than one poem in each issue and often in more than one issue during the year. The Wormwood Review was to become one of his major outlets, and publication in Renaissance began a tempestuous relationship with editor John Bryan. By this time Bukowski had established a writing routine that did not change much for the rest of his life. He wrote directly on to the typewriter,