I'd add Hot Water Music to that. John Martin's fantasy of no such thing as alcohol, drug or domestic abuse (may impact sales). Someone posted Buk's original of A Couple Of Gigolos from his article in the free press and, what a change! He wrote about needing to watch Martin more closely but, seemingly, the book still went through. Anyone got any more pictures of his original articles from Notes of a Dirty Old Man?The article gives you a list of what to avoid. In short, you might want to pass on these:
Bone Palace BalletWhat Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the FireOpen All NightThe Night Torn Mad With FootstepsSifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The WayThe Flash of Lightning Behind the MountainSlouching Toward NirvanaCome On In!The People Look Like Flowers At LastThe Continual Condition
Those titles may eventually be repaired and reissued, but for now, they are not so good.
If anyone could point to such a line (and they can't), would it matter? It would be like standing in the middle of the forest that John Martin burned to the ground and marveling at the beauty of the single tree that somehow managed to survive.can anyone point to a line that Martin improved
haha! Don't mince words and tell us how you really feel :) Yes, I suppose you're right. Just me trying to find a silver lining. Even if only a sliver of silver.It would be like standing in the middle of the forest that John Martin burned to the ground and marveling at the beauty of the single tree that somehow managed to survive.
For me it's not a question of whether JM's "edits" make original poems better or worse (although I strongly belive they turn the original poems into muck): I like Bukowski and I want to read Bukowski, not anyone else (let alone some office supplies manager who thinks he could write better than him).There are some edits however they don't actually change or destroy the meaning of the poem at all. So there really isn't anything 'wrong' with the edits.
And I appreciated it.I first noticed some of the changes way back in 2006!