Steve Richmond

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
The word.

Just tell everybody what you know, Bill.

No more no less, but as soon as possible.
Don't hide anything.
Thank you very much.
 
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bospress.net

www.bospress.net
That is all that I know. I looked online and cannot find out anything more. No secrets here. I did not know him.

Bill
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
That comes as a surprise to me. I did'nt know he was seriously ill. He somehow seemed indestructible.

R.I.P. Steve Richmond.
 
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bospress.net

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He had been seriously ill for a couple years now. There is an interview from a couple years ago with him where it was mentioned that he was very, very ill.

Bill
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
I see! His illness must somehow have slipped by me. What kind of illness did he suffer from?
 

bospress.net

www.bospress.net
This was posted on Mike Daily's facebook page...

Richmond passed away last night at 11:12PM in hospice care at UCLA.
Rest in Peace, Richmond. He sent me a letter praising the journalism I did for Gagaku Meat. His letter can be read in this short video I made in May '09.
 
Steve Richmond (January 24, 1941 - October 20, 2009). RIP. Richmond's friends David Garcia and Ben Pleasants visited Richmond last week and got to spend time with him. Nearly blind from cataracts, Richmond was wracked with pain yet had retained his characteristic sense of humor. Sad day. Jan Hallers is the first person I saw who made the connection that Richmond died on Rimbaud's birth date, October 20th. -- Mike Daily
 

Ambreen

Sordide Sentimental
Oh. :(

RIP.

I read Gagaku Meat a few days ago and was just hoping he wasn't going too bad...

Does somebody know where one can find the poem Buk wrote on him (and decided not to publish because it didn't spare Richmond), untitled A most serious fellow ?
 
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Ambreen

Sordide Sentimental
Thank you very much, cirerita ! :)

I did use the search box but I didn't find any accurate thread (there were 4 pages of threads, nothing in relation with the said poem on the first page, so I gave up, not being very patient with search tools).
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
2 MEN

I've just been talking with my father
he believes I should preface
my work
with an apology to all those
who might be
offended at my use of profanity

Over the years I've talked at length
with Bukowski and
he feels my poem which begins
with the line
"out of my asshole comes thick diarrhea"
is one of my best poems.

I respect both men.



© Steve Richmond
 

Rekrab

Usually wrong.
Ah shit. That is very sad news.

I figured he was made out of steel, that he'd hang on another 20 years.

Maybe now his detractors will stop tearing the man down and take a long look at the poetry. He was one of the finest poets of his generation.

Rest in peace Steve.
 
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pigmantoo

Everybody gota die someday - but the "meat school" as some label it has lost a genius. RIP we will all be their someday.

Did he die in Santa Monica? Anybody know?
 
quoting from here.

" No one listened but Bukowski. They wrote to each other like lovers. Like father and son. There are more than 150 letters between Richmond and Bukowski, mostly written in the mid 1960s. You'll never read them. They've been censored out of existence by Bukowski Inc. The Richmond/Bukowski letters are bad for business. Bad for the Bukowski business. Bad for the rare books trade. "

Any thoughts?
 

cirerita

Founding member
I'd say that's bullshit. I've read those letters and there's nothing earth-shattering there. Good stuff, but I can't see how it could be bad for the Bukowski business.
 

mjp

Your Host
Moderator
Founding member
Any thoughts?
That was written by Ben Pleasants, a sensationalist, tabloid-style hack writer with a very large Bukowski-shaped chip on his shoulder. An angry, frustrated little pink dwarf of a man who lashes out because he feels he's never received the recognition that he is due. He hates Bukowski with a frightening, impotent, seething rage, yet pins his own name to Bukowski whenever and wherever he can.

I personally believe that Pleasants is mentally ill and possibly dangerously unstable, but I have no medical proof to back up that wild and spurious claim.

So there are my thoughts. Hey, you asked.

Everybody gota die someday
And I wish you'd hurry up and do so.
 

Rekrab

Usually wrong.
There was a flyer for the Richmond Bukowski letters and it reproduced some of the letters and I may have a copy of that around here someplace...
 
I think the Buk/Richmond letters would be a good thing. I didn't go nuts for the gagakus all that much, but I can see where his writing style would work very well in letters to/from Buk. It's odd; I like Richmond's writing style, but I don't really care for his choice of words. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, he was important, and will remain so.

So RIP, and when I get home, I'll have a go at the Wormwoods with his work in them. And never forget Fuck Hate, which was Richmond all the way. I've said it before and I'll say it again: that was a briliant piece of work. Simple, but brilliant.
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
ON CORRESPONDING (7-22-1992)

I'm not much good as a letter correspondent unless I'm writing back and forth with a potential
publisher of a volume of my work.

that's the selfish truth these days, for me.

publishers of my sort of scribbling are a rare rare breed.

I suppose I've been lucky to have as much poetry published as has been published-- but I do
not feel that lucky.


© Steve Richmond
 
Sad news. I had the privilege of publishing Richmond, and having a (somewhat) rocky publisher/writer relationship with him. The few phone calls I had with him were interesting to say the least. The letters are treasures. I need to get them to Mike Dailey, so he can do something with them. I was naive enough to not realize he was still doing heroin during this time (mid- to late-90's). It's pretty obvious in the poems.

I think Earth Rose is a pretty amazing book, one of the best single volumes of poetry I have read. Spinning off Bukowski is, IMO, a piece of junk though. Prose was not Richmond's strong suit.

Gotta pull out ER and have a go at it one more time.
 

Rekrab

Usually wrong.
I've been wondering what will happen to Steve's copyrights. No kids. Was he married at the time of his death? I gather from what I've read over the years that his family is not very interested in his writing. If someone wanted to publish Steve's work now, who would they ask for permission?
 
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