Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli 1960-1967
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Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli 1960-1967

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"Isn't it odd, so very odd, that one of the loves of my idol should be writing me now? Perhaps life so works in stronger currents than we think", Charles Bukowski wrote in 1960 to Sheri Martinelli, Ezra Pound's former lover and sometime muse of the later Cantos. Martinelli had just rejected poems Bukowski had submitted to her Poundian literary magazine, the Anagogic &...more
Published February 4th 2001 by Black Sparrow Press
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Fascinating because of the two clear divisions in the book. The letters Bukowski wrote to Martinelli BEFORE he realized he wasn't going to get in her pants, and then the letters after that sad realization.

At first Buk is a praise-horse that Sheri can ride around, and he hardly chides her at all on her incredibly pretentious writing style (which can best be described as a cell phone text message of some 2000 words) and even goes along with her when (c'mon, Buk!) she starts honestly talking about...more
Nick Craske
Much soul singing and heart flinging to 'n fro in the phonetically scribbled and scrawled notes, letters and prose sketches. Have to put this on pause while I progress through Vollmann's stuff, init.
These are some interesting letters to read and I think they show a fairly different side of Bukowski, but they didn't entertain me as much as the ones in the "Living on Luck" series. I think that the relationship between Bukowski and Martinelli was so close that there are gaps in the conversation that they did not need filled that I do. Still fascinating to read, but perhaps not as entertaining as the aforementioned other series. I did find it interesting to find out that Martinelli was the basi...more
Joe Collier
This book of correspondence between the the great poet and a woman who in the annals of time has gone down as a relative unknown, but in the moment served as muse to many creative people, is outstanding and intimate.
Scott Holstad
Letters between Buk and Sherrie M. Quite boring actually. This is the most disappointing book I've read that had Bukowski's name attached to it. Definitely not a keeper...
The Bukowski character in correspondence .. another time .. another place.
Rare book.. lucky to find.
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands...more
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