Newington Blue Press was born in 2020 – when due to the Covid–19 virus and pandemia the centenary Festival on the occasion of what would have been the 100th birthday of Charles Bukowski – to be held in Germany – had to be cancelled. Originally planned as a small, humble replacement only, our anthology of tributes, testimonials and unpublished works – lived up to it’s second volume so far and is to be continued.
In the future (like now) we’ll also start featuring Bukowski’s relatives, acquaintances, friends or single artists working in his vein – in smaller chapbooks exclusively – two of them being ready to get off the starting blocks.
«Some sort of a submission guideline»: Charles Bukowski will turn 100 this year (2020) – at least, what would have been his 100th birthday. We have gathered writers, scholars and graphic artists / photographers from all around the globe in order to celebrate the man Bukowski on the very occasion. Our contributors range from contemporary witnesses / friends of Bukowski – still alive, to emulating artists working in his tradition, scholars who work for or gaining degrees / doctorates on Bukowski to congenial artists esp. in the performing arts who are occopied with the phenomenon of the «poet laureate of skid row» for years. Everybody is free to greet Charles Bukowski in his or her specific way, style and individuality, be it an essay – a photograph or poetry. We would warmly welcome you to take part in our little endeavour, which explicitely aims to blow borders of nations and thus assembles contributions from artists from all continents.
… in the order in which the pre-orders were placed. For further orders and availability of this limited edition (100 numbered copies) please inquire at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Remaindered stock of issue No.1 may be available. Inquire.
Number two is taking shape – in order of appearance (so far):
Number 10, Downing Street
Clint Lukas & Marina Bukowski
Jenn Hall (photography)
Paul Maher Jr.
Dean Pasch (artwork)
Bryn Fortey (ill. by Christiane Nebel)
Dana St. Mary
Joan Jobe Smith
R. P. Verlaine
Matt Dennison (ill. by Christiane Nebel)
Eric Robert Nolan
Michael D. Amitin
Gábor G. Gyukics
Daniel W. Wright
John Patrick Robbins
Josh Reinwald (artwork)
Matt Dukes Jordan
Michael D. Meloan (ill. by Christiane Nebel)
Brian Whitmore (artwork)
Lee Zimmerman (artwork)
… and in an Inlay–Supplement the unpublished Bukowski – correspondence with Henry Hughes (of Western Oregon University plus an essay by him) – and with Jami Cassady, the daughter of Neal and Carolyn Cassady.
Good evening, folks. Just an update from this side of the great pond: Typesetting and Layout–Works are well under way. Everybody having submitted is represented in issue number 2: There’s been no «rejection slip» so far – including Boris of Number 10 Downing Street (at this point thanks to Lucy Brazier for arousing the very scoopful of Boris’ attention)! Now, there’s been a load of mailing, gibbering and chatting about Newington Blue Press’ future recently – and (…)
«You always get what you want
And you don’t even try
Your friends hate it when it’s always going your way
But I’m glad that you’ve got luck on your side
You’re saying, ‹definitely maybe›
I’m saying, ‹probably no›
You say, ‹you sleep when you’re dead›
I’m scared I’ll die in my sleep
I guess that’s not a bad way to go …»
(…) and we’ve been approached to – and against all original plans, odds and intentions (as to keep it to the Bukowski «birthday greetings») will now continue publishing in terms of a series of Chapbooks – all published alike the BUK100 editions in a «print only» version – 100 limited and numbered copies – featuring singular writers and poets exclusively.
Michael D. Meloan (as for prose) and Leia John (as for poetry) have been made a step forward and been selected to fill the first two volumes.
Note: As our offset–print–shop is shut down from December 23rd – we will produce and ship as from the first week of January 2021.
As payments are dropping in: Here are the formal procedures for your preorder: Net cost (again: this is a non-profit endeavour) will be 15,00 € (due to the larger volume of the Chapbook we slightly raised the price) plus 5,00 € shipping within Europe (or what’s left of it). Overseas shipping is 10,00 €.
Issue No.1 (a few copies are left) is 10,00 €. A combined order of both comes with free shipping. Inquire at email@example.com and provide delivery address please. For the great cast and line-up visit Facebook.
WAR IS OVER – AND AN END OF ALL THOSE SATURDAYS IN SIGHT.
(I’ll be leaving this institution coming Tuesday and resume and commence roadworks on issue Nummer two of «BUK100»)
THANKS FOR EVERYBODY’S PATIENCE.
(…) all those Saturday afternoons as a boy are gone and I look around this room and it looks at me through the window panes, it hangs from the doornob, and a gold paperweight of an owl looks at me who has had too many Saturday afternoons.
Update as of October 7th: As long as I am hospitalised (approx another two weeks) there will be no progress with and regarding issue number 2 of our Bukowski Birthday Chapbook. Everybody involved I will keep updated and posted via email and / or messenger. Stay safe and sane out there! 💙
I was honoured to be asked to contribute a poem to this limited edition poetry magazine put together by Matthias Kruger and Rebecca McLeish for Newington Blue Press. The magazine celebrates what would have been Charles Bukowski’s 100th birthday on August 16th 2020. It contains poems, writing and photos by, of, or about Buk. Only […]
«Humanity, you never had it from the beginning. That was my motto.»
― Charles Bukowski, Women
Right now ― and due to demand ― we are producing a second printing of the first edition. Whoever has ordered ― or is about to: We will deliver ― even though we are already working on issue #2 ― as submissions are dropping in daily and ― as always ― are welcome.
«When things are very very bad, a drink is the only magic cheap thing left to give you the dream, to make you feel good for a moment. Now that I am not poor anymore, things haven’t changed, because the human race is no good. In one of my poems I say: Humanity, you’ve never had it from the beginning. It’s just a feeling I have that everything is being wasted. It’s not life, it’s humanity that bothers me. The trees don’t bother me, the cats don’t bother me, the sun doesn’t bother me. It’s humanity that has failed, that bothers me. Humanity is going to go down the same dumb ignorant path forever. But I’ll get out of it because I’ll kick off and I will be out. This companionship I’m lmiving with now, they don’t thrill me at all.»
Elisa Leonelli interviewed Charles Bukowski and photographed him in his home in San Pedro, the port city of Los Angeles, in 1981.
We are running out of reserves now. In case you still want a first edition copy, please hurry. Or place a pre–order: As soon as we have a sufficient number, we will reprint.
Unsere Reserven gehen zu Ende. Wer noch eine Erstausgabe haben möchte, der möge sich beeilen. Oder eine Vorbestellung aufgeben: Sobald wir eine ausreichende Zahl haben, werden wir nachdrucken.
At the same time, we are working on issue number 2 (due and thanks to public feedback and demand): As always – submissions welcome. Find the guidelines, both for ordering and submitting here.
Gleichzeitig arbeiten wir bereits an Ausgabe Nummer 2 (dank öffentlichem Feedback und Nachfrage): Wie immer – Eure Beiträge sind herzlich willkommen. Die Leitlinien zum Bestellen und zur Einreichung findet ihr nach wie vor hier.
Bukowski once told Sean Penn in a 1987 Interview magazine piece: «Alcohol is probably one of the greatest things to arrive upon the earth – alongside of me. Yes … these are two of the greatest arrivals upon the surface of the earth. So … we get along.»
Firsts: Our limited and numbered first edition has almost sold out within the first months. Which is great.
Yet: Anybody still wanting a copy is advised to order in time which is ASAP ! (We will indeed reprint upon request – preorder in time please !)
The Second: Subscribers and contributors alike have approached us to come out with a sequel / follow up edition No.2 (submission guidelines see below)
Thirdly: We know that not everyone who’s submitted to issue No.1 made it into the chapbook. You will be in now. And everybody published in issue No.1 is encouraged to come in again: It has been great having you!
So – due to your incredible demand – we are happy to announce a «second coming» – all submission guidelines you’ll find here:
I received my copy of „Buk 100: My Old Man, A Birthday Greeting“ today, and it looks damned terrific! This is truly a first-rate chapbook that is professionally produced and filled with poetry and photography that would make Charles Bukowski proud. It looks beautiful. You can order your own copy right here to see for […]
Back in 1983, a penpal friendship began between Charles Bukowski and Nigel Burch, an East London songwriter, musician, poet, and graphic artist — like so many that Bukowski maintained. Burch sent him episodes of his prose poem series «London Liver» and Bukowski wanted to pass them on to John Martin. Nobody knows if that ever happened. In our Chapbook we publish both Bukowski‘s letters to London and Nigel‘s texts for the first time.
«… and the sailors have taken over the ship.» As the last submissions are undergoing layout works – two things are worth mentioning: We have become far more participants than we planned when we started the project six months ago. Secondly: We’ll have a voluminous yet wonderful birthday greeting chapbook for Hank.
Thank you all for taking part and your patience. It’s worth it.
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
— Franz Kafka
«Poetry is Van Gogh’s ear echoing with all the blood of the world.»
The Festival on the occasion of what would have been the 100th birthday of Bukowski has been cancelled as we learned today by the announcement of Bukowski Society’s Secretary R. Braun in Bamberg / Bavaria due to Covid-19 restrictions.
However, our Festschrift will go ahead as planned and scheduled for publication at the end of the month.
«A prayer provides us with a moment in time where we can contemplate the things that are important to us, and this watchful application of our attention can manifest these essential needs. The act of prayer asks of us something and by doing so delivers much in return — it asks us to present ourselves to the unknown as we are, devoid of pretence and affectation, and to contemplate exactly what it is we love or cherish. Through this conversation with our inner self we confront the nature of our own existence.»
… our chapbook / anthology to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Charles Bukowski and the 90th birthday of his congenial editor of the Wormwood Review, Marvin Malone. Call for papers has ended, yet contributions are still welcome. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org – Cheers.