sorry for being late.
and welcome notry.
The main facts are already given.
if your keyboard isn't German) is the founder of (and still running) the small German publishing house MaroVerlag
In the early 70s, there was only one Bukowski-book translated into German: the 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man'
. But none of the big publishers wanted to take the risk to publish Bukowski-poems. They considered it unreadable and not suitable for the German market.
Benno took the chance and published the first book of Buk-poems in German: THIS
one. ('Poems written before jumping out of an 8th story window')
He almost got bankrupt with this project. It was not before over a half year was over, when a positive review in a pupolar magazine gave the sales a big hit.
Next he published three books of short-stories by Buk (based on 'Erections'
). Hank signed a bunch of these books for Benno individually, each with a different aphorism and a drawing.
The quote is one of them.
... and here are 2 others of the same series: [1
] / [2