Richmond, Steve -- Fuck Hate [Ephemera]
Santa Monica, CA: Earth Books & Gallery, 1974. 11" x 17". First Edition. Single printed sheet, folded. Features two poems by Charles Bukowski "Freedom" and "True Story." Also poems by Steve Richmond and John Buckner. NEAR FINE. SIGNED.
Steve Richmond (1941 − October 21, 2009) was an American poet from Southern California whose notoriety comes primarily from his association with the mid-career of poet Charles Bukowski in the 1960s. He is also associated with the "Meat School" of American poetry, known for a direct, tough and masculine style of writing. Richmond attended UCLA at the same time as Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors. According to some accounts his meat Poetry style influenced Morrison’s own poetry, and lyrics. Richmond inherited $2 million, which allowed him to self-publish and run the Earth Rose book shop in Santa Monica; the Earth Rose was a one off broadside/ single sheet magazine. Despite a print run of 10,000 copies, it didn’t make the 2nd issue. Distributed from the Earth Books book shop, ten street sellers were arrested for distributing of an obscene publication, leading to Richmond’s arrest and seizure of stock, including other Bukowski titles. The legal case took four years to conclude with an acquittal.