King of Poets/Cassette Gazette

anyone with any info about these poems from that album?
'my father'
'the lesbian'
'like that'
never found them in any print; books, magazines, manuscripts...

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Those are uncollected, but "King of Poets" is from a tape made for NOLA Express ("Cassette Gazette"), so maybe they appeared in there.
 

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Those 3 were also read "At Bellevue" (although not listed on the rear of the [Screen Edge] DVD, 'like that' appears between 'i think of the little men' and 'another academy').

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Is this the tape that was issued as Charles Bukowski in 1970 by Nola Express - I found a copy of this tape unopened in the original shrink wrap and haven't ever played or opened it (I know, I know but somehow I like it like that). I can't find any info on it at all online anywhere.....

Oh also bizarrely there is no cover for the tape under the shrink wrap - so given it has never been opened I presume there should not be one. I understood most of the tapes issued in Buk's lifetime had covers? Does anyone know differently?
 

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Why have you never opened the tape?
It's footsmuggle. Nothing special.
 

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The tape has a black and white hand-drawn cover/insert. It's all very DIY feeling, not like a commercial product.
 

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Does anyone have a photo of the cassette tape? All I found searching was the CD cover.
 

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What is on this tape?

Also, the last I heard, Robert & Darlene are still living in West Virginia.
 

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Essentially the same track list as King of Poets.
Is this the tape that was issued as Charles Bukowski in 1970 by Nola Express...
I think that the cassette I posted is an 80s re-release of the 1970 NOLA tape in the ad Digney posted above, and you have the original version. Making the Cassette Gazette notes incorrect.
 

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It seems like they may have called the 1970 tape The King of the Hard-Mouthed Poets (which would explain the "King of Poets" title for the CD bootleg of the tape). They ran this ad in a lot of issues after the initial release.

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Here's an earlier version of the ad Digney posted previously. This one has a "pre-publication" price $2 less than the publication price (later versions of the ad above list the price at $5, so they were discounting them after they sat around for a while). That price of $6.98 is the equivalent of about $45 today, so I'm not surprised they didn't fly off the shelves. Or out of the storeroom or wherever.

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Of course if, as our hit and run one-post friend earlier in the thread says, the tape was issued without a cover, maybe it never really had a title. The CD bootleg people could have got the The King of Poets name from an old NOLA Express like the one above.

Seems odd to me though that a $45 tape wouldn't have a cover. Especially since they were in the newspaper printing business. And they went to the trouble to shrink wrap it, but didn't bother with an insert? Yeah, I don't know. Would be great to see one of the originals.
 

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Bonus trivia question: Where else in the Buk publication world does the crazy font that his name is printed in on the August 21 - September 3, 1970 advertisement appear?
 
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