“THE CRUELTY OF LOVELESS LOVE”
The Cruelty of Loveless Love is a collector’s edition (65 numbered copies) hardcover book, completely hand-crafted, featuring 18 unpublished poems by Charles Bukowski, accompanied by 18 of my black and white portraits. Consisting of 18 paper folders each containing a mounted monochrome photo with a letterpress poem (in Bukowski’s original typewriter font) on the facing page. It was published in 2001 by KunstEditions NY, and is housed in a Burgundy red Thai silk-covered clamshell case 12 ¼” x 14 ¾”, with a photographic insert of a monochrome photograph of Bukowski on the cover. The book is contained in a fine black cardboard slipcase. There is a foreword by Carl Weissner (Bukowski’s long time agent, friend, and German translator), with an introduction and poem by myself. Consisting of 12 leaves, printed on rectos only, and 18 paper folders each containing a mounted monochrome photo with a letterpress poem (in Bukowski’s original typewriter font) on the facing page. These poems had never been published before and were furnished by John Martin of Black Sparrow Press. About a year later after the sale of Black Sparrow’s Bukowski inventory, Ecco Press included these poems in a volume of Bukowski poem.