Just nipped about for a wee bit on the net and found the following:
"Brautigan is noted as being involved in an abortion by two different writers. Michael McClure, in his essay, "Ninety-one Things about Richard Brautigan" (Lighting the Corners, 46) notes Brautigan "apparently had an abortion with some woman."
The second reference is by Karen Finley, who, in her essay titled "An Affair to Remember," part of the book Drinking With Bukowski: Recollections of the Poet Laureate of Skid Row (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2000), she recounts an argument with poet Charles Bukowski over an abortion she had with Brautigan. Finley's essay starts by noting her argument with Bukowski and then provides more details about her relationship with Brautigan.
"You went to Mexico when you got pregnant with Richard," he [Bukowski] said hissing.
"Yes, and that was when abortion was illegal! You can't let him go can you? Besides, he's dead! He's dead! I was only a kid." (111)
I met Richard Brautigan at Enrico's cafe on Broadway and Kearny down the street from City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1971. It was 1:30 AM and I had just ended my shift as a cocktail waitress at the infamous strip club The Condor. Enrico the owner of the bistro wanted me for I was underage and looked it. He promised to set me up in my own apartment. He never had me but would rub my knee while I ate my club sandwich and drank my hot cocoa. He would always give the taxi driver ten dollars to take me home.
Enrico introduced me to Richard Brautigan in mid-January and it surprised Enrico when I told the table that I had written a term paper on him the year before as a sophomore in high school. That is when Enrico stopped wanting me, for the turn on was that I knew nothing and now that I revealed myself I would have to pay for my own damn sandwich. I knew Brautigan's poetry by heart and when I spoke Richard became enamored. Richard was drunk, despondent, and disillusioned but I was a devoted fan.
So that is how I met Richard Brautigan. I later met Kathey Acker as my teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute, who introduced me to Gregory Corso, who introduced me to Bukowski at Brautigan's funeral.
The Brautigan issue with Bukowski was that I became pregnant with Richard and had an emotionally, highly charged, dramatic illegal abortion in Mexico. A conflict and an intimacy that Charles grew envious and jealous of as his feelings for me deepened. The fact that I actually read Brautigan and never read Bukowski made matters worse. So now you know. I had an affair with Bukowski and never read any of his goddamn books. (112)
Whether McClure's reference speaks to Finley's alleged abortion with Brautigan, or whether it is a reference to a second alleged abortion, is uncertain. Finley's reference to an abortion with Brautigan seems unlikely. First, Finley claims she met Brautigan in mid-January 1971, and therefore the abortion she alleges sharing with Brautigan would have been after this date. Of note: Finley, born in 1956, would have been 15 when she met Brautigan. Finally, Brautigan wrote The Abortion in the mid-1960s, well before Finley claims to have first met him. For these reasons it seems unlikely that an alleged abortion shared with Finley could have had a direct influence on the writing of the novel.
Brautigan's notebooks record his trip to Tijuana, Mexico, where he collected notes that were used in the writing of this novel. But, despite these notes, and the references noted above, no evidence has been found that Brautigan actually participated in an abortion with anyone."
Hmmm. So that dates Finley's sojourn with Bukowski as being after 1971; by the sounds of things, a good bit later, as she is referring to herself as 'just a kid' with the Brautigan abortion, but who knows. And it sounds like she was some sort of literary groupie (occupational hazard with writers who attract women who like writers) who fed Bukowski this line of bullshit about her being the inspiration for a Brautigan abortion novel. And anytime after 1971 (the year of Post Office's publication) would have been a decent time into Buk's writing career, so his (obviously genuine) WSB apathy-cum-antipathy may well have been a homophobia thing versus a sales or writing talent thing. If Finley is even to believed about this, that is. Wonder what date the column about him fucking a man up the ass ran in the LA Free Press (or Open City, whichever it was); would certainly explain his homophobia on one level at least. Interesting how both things relate to sexuality; Buk lost his virginity at 24.
I do not recall him ever having a problem with the past sexual history of any of his women (he often goes on about going out with 'whores,' which may be a comment, but he was Catholic so, well, who knows) in his work, though I might be wrong (I wasn't taking notes when I read it). And as for homophobia, well, there isn't too much of it in his work as I remember; he was aware of the correlation between poetry and homosexuality, 'softness,' and talked against being soft, but homophobia isn't much in his work, as I recall. I may well be wrong, as I will say again. But I don't think Finley is on the level, as judging by some of the complimentary things he says about WSB and Ginsberg in the other thread, and people like Lorca. Words, not cocksucking tendencies, were what mattered to him, though he does lay the knife into Ginsberg in another chapter in Drinking With Bukowski.