There is always a rush of excitement that shoots through my veins when I find a new Charles Bukowski book. I have had reservations about anthologies before but I have to admit that this one was a pretty damn good read.
Silver Birch Press is an independent book publisher located in Los Angeles and is known for poetry collections. They have done a fantastic job of putting together this anthology, a whopping 272 page collection featuring over 75 contributors.
Within the pages of this book we begin to see Bukowski from the perspective of friends, fans and contemporaries in the form of essays, poems, memoirs, sketches and photographs; like a scrapbook it slowly builds a picture of what Bukowski was like to those around him. Of course, we know him through his eyes; the drinking, the mundane working life and hazardous relationships but this anthology offers more. It is a tribute, a living memory within the pages of a book and recognition of his work. It also shows how influential he was and how the world still misses the old sod.
Silver Birch Press have done a great job of putting together a really strong collection, each poem, each essay and story is as strong as the last. They have even managed to include contributors such as Linda King and Pamela”Cupcakes” Wood – can’t get much better than that (for those of you who aren’t familiar, these ladies were former lovers of Bukowski).
If you want to find out more about the man behind the typewriter then this anthology is the place to get to know him a little bit more.