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Jim Lowell’s levy checklist

JAMES R. LOWELL

A Preliminary Checklist of the Writings of d.a. levy (1942-1968)

DEAR D.A.,
Well, old friend, the sackcloth of respectability has been laid upon you. A scholarly and respected library journal is devoting an issue to you and your writings. Imagine your ashes will ignite the Cuyahoga over it, but at least it will be a pure flame. It certainly isn’t a complete checklist but it is a start. Your good friends, Douglas Blazek and Kent Taylor have been most helpful in preparing it.  With a couple exceptions I’ve limited the list to those publications entirely by you, and those edited by you. As your old gadfly, Colonel  J. Williams, would exclaim, ONWARD!

A. Books and Pamphlets by d.a. levy.

1. VARIATIONS ON FLIP.  Wrappers.  Renegade Press, Cleveland (1963). One of 100 numbered copies.

2. FRAGMENTS OF A SHATTERED MIRROR. Wrappers. Renegade Press. Cleveland (1963). One of 100 numbered copies.

3. MORE WITHDRAWED OR LESS. Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1963). One of 100 numbered copies.(N.B. The above three titles were largely destroyed by the author and there are probably no more than 10-15 copies extant of each title.)

4. MORE WITHDRAWED OR LESS.  Second Printing (Revised). Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1963).

5. fortuItOns MotHeRFuCer (with Kent Taylor). Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1964). One of 75 copies.

6. FAREWELL THE FLOATING CUNT. With prints by author. Wrappers. RenegadePress, Cleveland (1964). One of 105 copies.

7. 5 CLEVELAND PRINTS. 5 Prints laid in wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1964). Between 50-53 copies.

8. CLEVELAND PRINTS.  Vol. 2. Six prints laid in wrapper.  Renegade Press, Cleveland (1964). Between 50-54 copies.

9. “IN Group” A One-Act Play.  In 3 ONE-ACT PLAYS. Wrappers. Hors Commerce Press, Torrance, Ca. (1964). One of 150 copies.

10. “UNTITLED”. Wrappers. (Cleveland 1964). One of only 5 numbered copies. A spontaneous levy assemblage employing sheets from earlier publications & new drawings.

11. 50 SECONDS TIL BLASTOFF.  Published under pseudonym of Allan Denis. Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1965).  One of 37 copies.

12. NORTH AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD. Part I and 2. Wrappers. Free Lance Press, Cleveland (1965). A typically bad Free Lance production with horrendous errors throughout.  A few copies had three small paintings by levy bound in.

13. ALEATORY ATTEMPTS AT MONEY MAKING. Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (n.d.).  One of 4 copies.

14. CHALCHIHUITLICUE. Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1965). One of 37 copies.

15. CLEVELAND UNDERCOVERS. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 500 copies. There was also an edition of 65 special copies with “freak covers” by the author, no two alike.

16. VISUALIZED PRAYERS & HYMN FOR THE AMERICAN $GOD$. Wrappers. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 115 copies.

17. THE GREAT TIBETAN TRAIN ROBBERY MYSTERY PLAY IN COLOR. Wrappers. Cleveland (1966). One of 73 copies.

18. ROBERT MOTHERWELL. A Poem. Wrappers, Cleveland (1966). One of a very few copies with poem in typescript & original drawing by author.

19. CLEVELAND: THE RECTAL EYE VISIONS. Introduction by Douglas Blazek. Wrappers. press:today:niagara, Niagara Falls, NY (1966). One of 126 copies.

20. BLACK HAT AT THE END OF THE BAR. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 100 copies.

21. GREAT MAN SLEEPING IN A CLOSET, Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966).

22. LINES FOR LADY JANE. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 100 copies.

23. THE NORTH AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD. Parts 1-5. Second Revised Edition. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966).  One of 210 copies.

24. THE CEMENT FUCK. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 110 copies.

25. PLASTIC SAXOPHONE FOUND IN AN EGYPTIAN TOMB. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 100 copies.

26. SCARAB. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 45 copies.

27. WHITE LIGHT. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966).

28. THE EGYPTIAN STROBOSCOPE. With d.R. Wagner. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 108 copies.

29. KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY. Book 1. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press. Cleveland (1967). One of 150 copies.

30. KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY.  Book 11. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1967). One of 200 copies.

31. POEM FOR JULIE. Wrappers. Grass Coin Publishing Company, Cleveland (1967). One of 260 copies.

32. THE BOX LUNCH TRAVEL-OG OF FREMONT GULCH. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1967). About 60 copies.

33. LITTLE BLEW BOOK. Numbers 1-2. Two Volumes. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1967). Each one of 45 copies.

34. UNMAILED LETTERS TO ED PEDERSON AND (THE MYSTERIOUS) ANNBURGERS. Wrappers. Issue #3 of GRONK, Fleye Press, Toronto (1967). About 250 copies.

35. TANTRIC STROBE.  Parts I & 2. Wrappers. Ghost Press, Cleveland (1967). One of 150 copies.

36. LETTRE TO ALAN KATZMAN. Wrappers. Parma Heights, Ohio (1967). One of 200 copies.

37. TOMBSTONE AS A LONELY CHARM.  Parts I-III. Three Volumes. Wrappers. Runcible Spoon, Sacramento (1967-68). Each one of 500 copies.

38. PROSE: on poetry in the wholesale education & culture system. Wrappers. Gunrunner Press, Milwaukee (1968).  One of 300 copies.

39. ZEN CONCRETE. Pictorial wrappers. Blewointment Press, Vancouver (1968). One of 300 copies.

40. POEM FOR BEVERLY. Wrappers. Cold Mountain Publishing Company. Cleveland (1968). One of 400 copies.

41. POEMS. Wrappers. Quixote Press, Madison (1968). One of 150 copies.

42. SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM. Wrappers. Zero Edition, Cleveland (1968). One of 500 copies.

43. THE BEGINNING OF SUNNY DAWN. Pictorial wrappers. Ghostflower Press, Cleveland  (1968). One of 236 copies.

44. THE TIBETAN STROBOSCOPE. Wrappers. Ayizan Press, Cleveland (1968). Approximately 4,000 copies were printed of which 3,000 were destroyed prior to author’s suicide.

45. UKANHAVYRFUCKINCITIBAK. D.A.LEVY: A TRIBUTE TO THE MAN. AN ANTHOLOGY OFHIS POETRY. Pictorial wrappers. Ghost Press, Cleveland (1968). One of 1,000 copies.

46. THE MADISON POEMS. Loose sheets laid in silk-screened envelope. Quixote Press, Madison (1969). One of 500 copies. Collages, concrete poems & poems.

47. THE BEGINNING OF SUNNY DAWN & RED LADY. Wrappers. Open Skull Press, San Francisco (1969). One of 500 copies.

48. SONGS FOR DEAD CHILDREN. Wrappers. Black Rabbit Press, San Francisco (1969). About 100 copies.

49. NOTES: VARIATIONS ON A SHORT POEM. Wrappers. Runcible Spoon, Sacramento (1970).  One of 300 copies.

B. Books, periodicals, series, edited by d.a. levy

1. THE SILVER CESSPOOL. Numbers 1-5. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1963-64).

2. THE MARRAHWANNA QUARTERLY. Volume 1, Number 1-Volume 4, Number 2 (14 issues), Renegade Press, Cleveland (1964-68).

3. POLLUTED LAKE SERIES. Numbers 1-12. Renegade Press, Cleveland (1965).

4. OHIO CITY SERIES. Numbers 1-7. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1965).

5. 465.  An Anthology of Cleveland Poets. Wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 500 copies.

6. POETS AT THE GATE. Numbers 1-4. Cleveland (1966).

7. THE PUKING PIDGEON #1 OR THE FUCKING DUCK #1 OR THE SEARCH FOR THE HOLY HOUKAH REVEALED #1. Wrappers. 400 Rabbit Press, Cleveland (1966). One of 115 copies.

8. SHIT SHEET. Numbers 1-2. Cleveland (1966).

9. MARRAHWANNAH NEWSLETTER. Numbers 1-2. Cleveland (1966).

10. 306. An Anthology of Cleveland Poets. Pictorial wrappers. 7 Flowers Press, Cleveland (1967). One of 306 copies.

11. BUDDHIST 3RD CLASS JUNKMAIL ORACLE. Numbers 1-17. Cleveland (1967-68). Levy edited the first 17 numbers; the series was continued by Steve Ferguson & appears irregularly.

That’s about it for now, d.a. Hope you and Robert Conway have made it through the pass.
Love,Jim


This checklist first appeared in THE SERIF, Kent State University Library Quarterly, Vol. VIII, No. 4, December, 1971

d.a. levy

Section A: Books and Other Separate Publications
Section B: Contributions to Books and Other Publications
Section C: Contributions to Periodicals
Section D: Publications Edited and Published
Section E: Periodicals and Series Edited and Published

Jim Lowell’s d.a. levy checklist

Falling Down Press and Kirpan Press


Further Reading and Reference:

THE BUDDHIST THIRD CLASS JUNKMAIL ORACLE: The Art and Poetry of d.a. levy, edited by Mike Golden. NY: Seven Stories Press, 1999.

D.A. LEVY & THE MIMEOGRAPH REVOLUTION, edited by Larry Smith and Ingrid Swanberg. Huron: Bottom Dog Press, 2007

LOOKING FOR D.A. LEVY (RANDOM SIGHTINGS): THE D.A. LEVY BIBLIOGRAPHY, Volume 1 [1963-1966], edited by Kent Taylor and Alan Horvath. Vancouver: Kirpan Press, 2006

LOOKING FOR D.A. LEVY (RANDOM SIGHTINGS): THE D.A. LEVY BIBLIOGRAPHY, Volume 2 [1967-1968], edited by Kent Taylor and Alan Horvath. Vancouver: Kirpan Press, 2008

ZEN CONCRETE & ETC. BY D.A. LEVY, edited by Ingrid Swanberg. Madison: Ghost Pony Press, 1991


Additional Resources:

Cleveland Memory Project

d.a. levy home page

Deep Cleveland

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Some notes on printing methods:

Mimeograph:
The stencil duplicator or mimeograph machine is a low-cost duplicating machine that works by forcing black ink through a stencil onto levy_greattibetanpaper. The mimeograph process should not be confused with the spirit duplicator process.

Unlike spirit duplicators (where the only ink available is depleted from the master image), mimeograph technology works by forcing a replenishable supply of ink through the stencil master. In theory, the mimeography process could be continued indefinitely, especially if a durable stencil master were used (e.g. a thin metal foil). In practice, most low-cost mimeo stencils gradually wear out over the course of producing several hundred copies. Typically the stencil deteriorates gradually, producing a characteristic degraded image quality until the stencil tears, abruptly ending the print run. If further copies are desired at this point, another stencil must be made.

Spirit Duplicator:
A spirit duplicator (also referred to as a Ditto machine in North America, Banda machine in the UK or Roneo in Australia, France and South Africa) was a printing method invented in 1923. The term “spirit duplicator” refers to the alcohols which were a major component of the solvents used as “inks” in these machines.

The usual wax color was aniline purple (mauve), a cheap, moderately durable pigment that provided good contrast, but masters were also manufactured in red, green, blue, black, and the hard-to-find orange, yellow, and brown. All except black reproduced in pastel shades: pink, mint, sky blue, and so on.

Spirit duplicators had the useful ability to print multiple colors in a single pass, which made them popular with cartoonists. Multi-colored designs could be made by swapping out the waxed second sheets; for instance, shading in only the red portion of an illustration while the top sheet was positioned over a red-waxed second sheet. This was possible because the duplicating fluid was not ink, but a clear solvent.