Title WHAT THEY WANT
Book Condition Fine chapbook, printed in red, black and gold on a single sheet of cream card stock, folded once, with decorative cartouche and device to cover, edges deckled; the poem is printed within in black with decorative red initial.
Edition First separate issue: an unknown number of copies were issued, 75 of which were signed; this copy is unsigned.
Publisher Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1977.
Seller ID 29886.00
Bukowski's poem lists a catalogue of doomed, murdering or suicidal artists and writers, concluding "--that's what they want:/a God damned show/a lit billboard/in the middle of hell." Published to "celebrate the opening of Maurice F. Neville Rare Books."