Most of the writers had been pubished in small press mags and had chapbooks come out. What they wanted was for bigger publishers to publish them. When that did not happen, there were accusations... Most of the writers that thought that Bukowski was telling Black Sparrow to not publish them (of not putting in enough good words on their behalf) were widely published and quite well known in poetry small press circles.I knew that some writers thought he as responsible for not being published. Were they published after Bukowski died? Not that I know of. Some writers (along with a lot of other people in the art world) are so self centred and self absorbed that they can never entertain the possibility that............their work is perhaps.........crap?
Just colorful characters? ;)I ONCE TURNED DOWN SOME POEMS HE SENT TO THE MAGAZINE AND HE CALLED ME UP TO COMPLAIN. I TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS DUMPING SOME SECOND RATE STUFF ON ME. SO HE SENT SOME BETTER ONES THAT I PUBLISHED. I THINK HE BELONGS TO THE BEAT GENERATION, THAT DID NOT REALLY PRODUCE MUCH GOOD LITERATURE. MOST OF THE LITERARY FIGURES WERE JUST COLORFUL CHARACTERS IN A BROAD CULTURAL UPHEAVAL.
I didn't read it anywhere. Because he had rejection after rejection speaks for the fact that the publishers of the day obviously thought his writing was crap