I like Bukowski's last reading in Redondo Beach, a lot, not only because of the poems he recited but also because of his talk
in between ("Help the hostages! They're suffering! I wish I could read my poetry to the poor hostages right now!")
Here's one of the poems from Redondo, What Have I Seen, which has been published and - big surprise -
More than half of Style has been removed in 'Mockingbird wish me luck'.
If you listen to the poem above, the Mockingbird-version comes across like a man's haircut after joining the army.
Thanks for posting this, Brad.
What do experts like Roni or MJP say?
Is such a radical change of a poem that has been published during Bukowski's lifetime just an isolated case?
right and that is remarkable.
at the time I first realized that (2001), none of us had the slightest idea about the JM-fraud, so I did reflect about it but not expecting someone else having done it to the poem.
There's another reading of this poem in 'The Bukowski Tapes' and he uses the book-version. No sign there that he'd disapprove that version. And just as interesting: after reading the poem, he goes on talking free about the subject matter and everything he says could have perfectly been an intended part of the poem.
Maybe he just felt pretty free about the form and possibilities of that particular poem, which - of course - is exactly what it is about. I'd like to hear him reading it at other occations.