These are some heavy changes on The Crunch.
If I didn't know any better I would say you were dismissing my opinion as cute but irrelevant.Well, what can I say? If you think Martin is responsible for the changes in poetry as well, that's certainly up to you.
I did and I do....thanks for the nice words re. my research. I know you're not usually publicly lavish with your praise, so I guess you really meant that.
The changes between the Second Coming version and the Love is a Dog From Hell version are completely believable and reasonable Bukowski changes. But then, after he has been conveniently dead for five years, we get the crunch (2). But the crunch (2) has some problems that can only be explained by the assumption of tampering (or I suppose they could be seen as proof of it, if you were so inclined).the underlying assumption is that Bukowski couldn't have written such a bad line and that it had to be someone else's doing.
I agree with that completely. A bibliography should be factual, and where facts are not present, assumptions should not be made.I've learnt quite a few things while doing my research on Bukowski, but I think that the most important ones (bibliographically speaking) are NOT to extrapolate things and NOT to take anything for granted. Anyfuckingthing. Believe me.
But even if we assume that Martin never altered any of the poetry, which I am willing to do from here on out, what are we left to believe? That Bukowski rewrote the crunch, which he had already "polished" for Love is a Dog From Hell?
That's certainly not my view.Anyway, even if we view Martin as an objective, transparent vessel through which Bukowski's work flowed...
In that case, they should read Uncle Howard's book.But people don't want that Bukowski. They want the Bukowski of legend and assumption.
Yes he did. And he left behind evidence.I think I have a copy of the MSS that B. sent to the Webbs...Jon changed quite a few things in B.'s poems AND letters...
The only editing paper trail that would seem to be unavailable is BSP's.
Thank you.Days was published by BSP in 1969.
Days was published by BSP in 1969 but it was entirely edited by Dorbin. According to him, the poems were copied from the magazines verbatim... but a few poems seem to indicate otherwise (see "I Think of Ships...")