Item #74642 [FUNERAL PROGRAM]. Charles Bukowski.
[FUNERAL PROGRAM]
[FUNERAL PROGRAM]
[FUNERAL PROGRAM]

[FUNERAL PROGRAM]

An original program from the funeral services for poet Charles Bukowski. Produced by the Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, it includes the order of service and an excerpt from the poem “If We Take” from the collection Mockingbird Wish Me Luck (1972). Housed in an envelope from the Baroque Book Store in Hollywood along with a color photograph of Bukowski’s gravesite.

Bukowski died of leukemia on March 9, 1994, in San Pedro, aged 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994). The funeral rites, orchestrated by his widow, were conducted by Buddhist monks on March 14, 1994. Among those in attendance were John Martin and colleagues from the Black Sparrow Press, Carl Weissner, Gerald Locklin, John Thomas and Philomene Long, Sean Penn, Red Stodolsky, and friends and neighbors from San Pedro. “Hank” is interred at Green Hills Memorial Park beneath a gravestone with the epitaph “Don’t Try” – a phrase he employed when advising aspiring writers and poets about inspiration and creativity.

Provenance: Steven L. Isoardi, the Los Angeles jazz scholar, who acquired the material from Red Stodolsky’s Baroque Book Store in Hollywood. Item #74642

Price: $500.00

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