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On June 1, 2013, Silver Birch Press will release SUMMER: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose — a collection of writing from authors around the world.

This “invitation only” anthology will explore all things summer—vacations, travel, adventure, love, romance, the beach, freedom, heat, youth, gardens, swimming, barbecues, suntans, camping, fireworks, and much more.

The SUMMER ANTHOLOGY will also feature a special section about Charles Bukowski—born August 16, 1920. To date, we’ve collected poetry and prose from a range of writers who knew Bukowski — including Pamela Cupcakes Wood, Joan Jobe Smith, A.D. Winans, and Joan Gannij — and we’re expecting many more Bukowski-related contributions.

The Silver Birch Press SUMMER ANTHOLOGY — think of it as a literary beach book. Stay tuned!

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From Chapter 17 of Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet by PAMELA “CUPCAKES” WOOD

“…With Bukowski, I could do what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted. He tolerated just about anything and everything — loud music, outside noise, distractions, boozing, pill popping, singing, or dancing on the tables. There were no rules and no limits — and I liked it that way…I felt as if I were in a safe harbor, where no one would judge me…Most of the time, life was fun with Bukowski — a crazy, relaxed, free-for-all.”

Find the book at here.

Photo courtesy of Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood


“The book arrived a few weeks later. It was a beautifully bound hardcover book titled Scarlet. The book was limited to one hundred and eighty copies, forty of which include an original drawing by Bukowski. He inscribed a presentation copy with an original painting on the cover which read: “For Pamela — For the girl who made me write these poems, for the girl who made me feel that feeling which comes so seldom in a lifetime.” He signed it Charles Bukowski and added a drawing of his signature little man smiling, smoking a cigarette, holding a flower in his left hand, with the sun in the form of a heart above him on the right side, and a bird flying above on the left.”

From Chapter 21 of Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet, a Memoir by Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood

Thoughts: I love this memoir. It brings not only Charles Bukowski, but also the fun, freewheeling 1970s to vivid life. Highly recommended! Find the book here.


Excerpt from Chapter 22 of the memoir  Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet by Pamela Cupcakes Wood 

Bukowski sighed a lot. To me a sigh means something — I’m sad, I’m tired, I’m depressed, I’m weary. But Bukowski sighed on general principles. It was his reponse to being alive. Sigh…

So I’d try to cheer him up.

“…Let’s go out and do something.”


“Let’s go for a walk.”


“Let’s go out to eat.”


“Let’s go for a drive.”


“Let’s drink some champagne.”


“Let’s go to the track.”

“All right. Let’s go.”

Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet, Pamela Wood’s fun, fascinating memoir about her years with Charles Bukowski  is available here.

Painting: Racehorses in a Landscape (1894) by Edgar Degas


Excerpt from Chapter 7 of Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet by Pamela Cupcakes Wood:

     “Come on inside, Kid, I’ve got a surprise for you,” he said, putting his hand behind my elbow and gently guilding me into his place. He led me right to the bedroom.

     On the bed sat a mattress wrapped in cellophane. I moved closer to the bed, bent down, and gazed at the mattress. It was covered in a pattern of roses and vines.

     “It’s so pretty,” I said. “How considerate of you. Did you do this just for me?” I asked, while thinking, “Uh oh.”

     “So, what do you say?” he said.

     “I say we’re going to need some champagne to christen it.”

Put Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet by Pamela Cupcakes Wood at the top of your summer reading list! Find it at Amazon here — special price today, only $12.70 USD.

(Photo and graphic by Silver Birch.)


For all you Bukowski fans, I’m happy to report that things are pretty much the same on the stretch of Western Avenue between Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. in L.A. Silver Birch shot this photo in early 2008 when Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood took me on a tour of her Bukowski haunts while she was working on her fabulous memoir Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet. While I felt a bit guilty snapping a photo of a homeless person, I saw beauty and dignity in this Madonna and wanted to capture her for posterity.

Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet by Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood is available from…

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Charles’ Bukowski’s Scarlet, a Memoir by Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood pulls you in from the opening paragraph:

It began as a whim. It would end the same way. In between, I would spend almost two years with Charles Bukowski and find myself both celebrated and castigated in his writing. He would exalt me as his muse and his missing piece. I would inspire volumes of prose and poetry affirming his love and passion for me, including his rare book of love poems written as a paean to me, titled Scarlet. He would then excoriate me as elusive, vicious, and unfeeling. He would fall madly in love with me and I would drive him mad.”

When I met the author in late 2007, I learned she intended to write her memoir as part of a bucket list she’d created in response to losing people close to her. Since I’m a long-time fan of all things Bukowski, I felt honored to meet his muse, who it turned out could spin a great story herself. I’m sure Buk would smile at Pam’s recollection of their relationship. With humor, warmth, insight, and a deft touch, Pamela Cupcakes Wood brings Charles Bukowski to vivid life once again.

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We are pleased to announce that Silver Birch Press will soon publish a book by renowned poet and famed interviewer Joan Jobe Smith (pictured above right; also pictured are Charles Bukowski muse Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood and poet Fred Voss).

Entitled Charles Bukowski Epic GLOTTIS: His Work & His Women (& me)the book includes rare interviews with many of the women in Bukowski’s life (Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood, Linda King, Frances Dean Smith, and Ann Menebroker), poetry, essays about Bukowski’s public readings, and more. The book  is a must-read for avid followers of the Bukowski canon and a fun introduction to the great writer for people just learning about the poet of Los Angeles. Stay tuned.

Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood (at left in above photo) is the author of a fun, fascinating memoir about her relationship with Bukowski. The book, entitled Charles Bukowski’s Scarlet, is available at Amazon.