then made it to the bed, made it to the edge, tripped, fell down, fell down across the mattress, slept, slept, slept…

* * *

In the morning it was morning and I was still alive. Maybe I’ll write a novel, I thought. And then I did.

About the Author

A major contemporary American writer, Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, in 1920, and brought to the United States when he was two. He was raised in Los Angeles where he continues to live. He began writing in his early twenties, published his first poems at the age of thirty-five, and has now published more than fifteen books of poetry and prose. Sartre and Genet have called him “the best poet in America.” Hundreds of his poems and stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers. Post Office is his first published novel.

Photo: Sam Cherry


© 1971 by Charles Bukowski

Black Sparrow Press

P. O. Box 3993

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

ISBN 0-87685-086-7 (paper) ISBN 0-87685-087-5 (cloth)

Several of these chapters appeared as short stories in Knight, Adam and Nola Express.

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