I wrote about the Am Here Books Catalog Five over at RealityStudio and as promised here are some entries from the catalog that I thought were interesting. Here is Dennis Cooper on Charles Bukowski:
275. BUKOWSKI, CHARLES. It Catches My Heart In Its Hands. New Orleans: Loujon, 1963. This is a most unusual copy with a fine signed and dated inscription by the author facing the colophon page. An important and handsomely produced work. Very fine copy. $125
The original, extremely rare edition of what just might be Bukowski’s best book of poems is a careful and exotic production on its own terms, and the poems therein, many unavailable elsewhere, are as valid as he’ll ever get them. – D.C.
276. BUKOWSKI, CHARLES. Crucifix In A Deathhand. Etchings by Noel Rockmore. N.Y.: Loujon/Lyle Stuart, 1965. This copy lacks the wrap-around band. Signed and dated by the poet facing the colophon page. Wrappers.
This is the place to start. A generally smart selection from a slew of his early books. He was never this sharp and perceptive again. – D.C.
280. BUKOWSKI, CHARLES. Mockingbird Wish Me Luck. L.A.: Black Sparrow, 1972. Wrappers. One of 2500 copies.
One of the better collections from Bukowski’s self-conscious period. As self-parody, it is unusually acute. As poetry, it fares best with the young-at-brain and the overtly drunk. The top of his slide. – D.C.JB