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EARTHSHIP

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Ian Hamilton Finlay. EARTHSHIP
Wild Hawthorn Press, 1965 (Murray 4.6)
Rare multiple in printed box, less than 50 made. Silkscreen poem texts stapled together in box which can be taken out and exhibits beautifully – various permutations of the poem depending on arrangement of the organic curved shapes. A highly sought after and very hard to find piece by Finlay – an ingenious Concrete Poem.  (more…)

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Cavan McCarthy & Tlaloc

Tlaloc was founded by Cavan McCarthy, a librarian at the Brotherton Library, with the aim of providing an, “open forum for modern poetry.” First issued in December 1964, for a time it acted as a bi-weekly supplement to Ikon; Douglas Sandle was a member of the editorial board. By the time the second series of magazine was issued in 1965 (Tlaloc 7), it had become independent of Ikon and was published by McCarthy under the Location Press imprint; it was later published from Blackburn and then London when McCarthy relocated. The main emphasis of Tlaloc was on concrete and visual poetry; contributors included Dom Sylvester Houedard, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Angela Carter, amongst others. The last issue (Tlaloc 22) was published in 1970.

d.a. levy – books

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Section A:
Books and Other Separate Publications

1. FRAGMENTS OF A SHATTERED MIRROR
levy_fragmentsFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 44 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. The poet’s first book.
(Lowell A2, T&H P-01)

2. VARIATIONS ON FLIP
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A1, T&H P-02)

3. MORE WITHDRAWED OR LESS
levy_morewithFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed in multiple colors by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A3, T&H P-03)

4. A STUDY IN AERODYNAMICS
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., July 1963
Poscard, 3″ x 5″. Linoleum block print by d.a. levy.
(T&H P-10)

5. THREE LEGGED INTROVERT
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., July 1963
Poscard, 3″ x 5″. Linoleum block print by d.a. levy.
(T&H P-11)

6. ANKARA
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., August 1963
Poscard, 3″ x 5″. Linoleum block print by d.a. levy.
(T&H P-12)

7. HAPPY HIROSHIMA DAY
First edition:
Single card folded once.
(T&H P-13)

8. MORE WITHDRAWED OR LESS
Second printing revised:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 21 pages, 100 copies, signed, letterpress printed by d.a. levy poems. This printing includes poems in a different sequence than in the first printing and some additions and omissions.
(Lowell A4, T&H P-16)

9. 5 CLEVELAND PRINTS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Five prints laid into printed wrappers, 11.5″ x 6.75″, 50 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A7, T&H P-27)

10. 6 CLEVELAND PRINTS, Vol. 2
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Six prints laid into printed wrappers, 10″ x 6″, 50 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A8, T&H P-28)

11. FAREWELL THE FLOATING CUNT
levy_farewellFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 6″ x 6.25″, 14 pages, 105 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Illustrated with linoleum block prints by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A6, T&H P-40)

12. “ASTER F…” [Polluted Lake Series, No. 6]
levy_polluted06First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4.25″ x 5.5″, 12 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell B3, T&H P-48)

13. SLEEP [Polluted Lake Series, No. 11]
levy_polluted11First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 2″, 8 pages, 100 copies, letterpress and mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Published using levy’s pseudonym Alan Denis. Dedicated for Saint Ronald Jump.
(Lowell B3, T&H P-53)

14. GOT BUTTER ON IT [Ohio City Series, No. 6]
levy_ohiocity6
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1965
Side-stapled sheets tipped into printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 7″, 9 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell B4, T&H P-69)

15. NORTH AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, PART 1 & 2
levy_nabotdFirst edition:
Cleveland: The Free Lance Press, 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, mimeograph printed.
(Lowell A12, T&H B-03)


16. PLASTIC SAXOPHONE FOUND IN AN EGYPTIAN TOMB
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., 1966
Side-stapled sheets in printed and illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 11 pages, 100 copies, spirit duplicator printed.
(Lowell A25, T&H P-74)

17. WHITE LIGHT
levy_whitelightFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 10″ x 3.75″, 26 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Dedicated for Sam Dogin
(Lowell A27, T&H P-75)

18. THE CEMENT FUCK
levy_cementFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to painted wrapper, 8.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, 110 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Original cover art  by Mara. Introduction by Khu-en-oho. Partial mimeograph stencil bound in.
(Lowell A24, T&H P-88)

19. VISUALIZED PRAYERS & HYMN FOR THE AMERICAN $GOD$
levy_visualizedFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1966
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 9″ x 5.75″, 12 pages, 115 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Dedicated “to americans dying in foreign countries when there are battles to be fought in america”
(Lowell A16, T&H P-89)

20. LINES FOR LADY JANE
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., 1966
Side-stapled sheets in card covers with unique painting tipped on to each copy, 5″ x 7″, 2 pages, 100 copies, mimeograph and letterpress printed with linoleum block prints and oil paint.
(Lowell A22, T&H P-90)

21. SCARAB
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., 1966
First edition, stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 7″, 12 pages, mimeograph and letterpress printed.
(Lowell A26, T&H P-91)

22. HAPY HIROSHIMA DAY
First edition thus, second printing:
Cleveland: n.p., 1966
Single 6″ x 7″ sheet folded once to make four pages, letterpress printed and linoleum block print by d.a. levy.
(T&H P-93)

23. THE GREAT TIBETAN TRAIN ROBBERY MYSTERY PLAY IN COLOR: A MANDALA HERNIA RUPTURED WORD GAME 
levy_greattibetanFirst edition:
Swamp Erie, n.p., 1966
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 5″ x 8″, 38 pages, 73 copies, mimeograph printed. Includes multiple sheets laid in with hand-written titling. Distributed by Ganglia Press as Singing Hands Series #3.
(Lowell 17, T&H P-96)

According to the According to the Ganglia Press Index (Ganglia, Series 1, No. 8) this item was “printed in Cleveland by 7 Flowers Press & distributed by Ganglia”.

24. CLEVELAND UNDERCOVERS
levy_undercoversa. First edition, regular copies:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound into illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 18 pages, 500 copies, letterpress and mimeograph printed.  Dedicated to Jim Lowell. Cover block print by dagmar.
(Lowell A15, T&H P-107)

a. First edition, special copies:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound into illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 18 pages, 65 special copies with “Freak” covers by the author, letterpress and mimeograph printed.  Dedicated to Jim Lowell.
(Lowell A15, T&H P-107)

25. CLEVELAND: THE RECTAL EYE VISIONS
First edition:
Niagara Falls: press : today : niagara, 1966
Side-stapled in unprinted wrapper. 8.5″ x 13″, 40 pages, 126 copies. Introduction “Putting Things in Perspective a Little” by Douglas Blazek.
(Lowell A19, T&H B-05)

26. GREAT MAN SLEEPING IN A CLOSET
levy_greatmanFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled in printed and collaged wrappers, 4.75″ x 2.5″, 6 pages, signed, letterpress and mimeograph printed. Dedicated for Richard Allen Morris
(Lowell A21, T&H P-108)

27. THE NORTH AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, PARTS 1-5
levy_nabotd2First edition, thus:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed and hand-painted wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 56 pages, 210 copies, poems, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Unique cover painting by d.a. levy. This is the first 7 Flowers Press edition, but the second revised printing after the Free Lance Press edition (see A15).
(Lowell A23, T&H P-109)

28. KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY
levy_kibbutzFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated wrapper, 8.5″ x 11″, 13 pages, 150 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A29, T&H P-132)

29. KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY, BOOK 2
a. First edition, first printing
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages, 200 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A30, T&H P-133)

b. First edition, second printing
Cleveland: Free Love Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages, 200 copies, spirit duplicator printed by d.a. levy.
(not in Lowell nor T&H)

30. THE BOX LUNCH TRAVEL-OG OF FREMONT GULCH
levy_boxlunchFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in printed and illustrated wrapper, 8.5″ x 11″, 10 pages, spirit duplicator printed.
(Lowell A32, T&H P-134)

31. POEM FOR JULIE
levy_poemforjulieFirst edition:
Cleveland: Grass Coin Publishing Company, 1967
Side-stapled in silk-screened cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages, 260 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover illustration after a photo by M.J. Roach.
(Lowell A31, T&H P-146)

32. TANTRIC STROBE (PARTS 1 & 2)
First edition:
Cleveland: Ghost Press, July 1967
First edition, stapled sheets glued into illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 24 pages, 150 copies. Published as Persecuted Poet Series #2. Cover art and interal silkscreens by Kryss.
(Lowell A31, T&H B-08)

33. TOMB STONE AS A LONELY CHARM
levy_tombstone1First edition:
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1967
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, 500 copies, mimeograph printed.
(Lowell A37, T&H B-10)


34. TOMB STONE AS A LONELY CHARM, PART 2
levy_tombstone2First edition:
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1968
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 6 pages, 500 copies, mimeograph printed.
(Lowell A37, T&H B-11)

35. TOMB STONE AS A LONELY CHARM, PART 3
First edition:
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1968
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 6 pages, 500 copies, mimeograph printed.
(Lowell A37, T&H B-12)

36. THE BEGINNING OF SUNNY DAWN
levy_beginningFirst edition:
Cleveland: Ghostflower Press, 1968
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 10 pages, 236 copies, signed and dated by levy, spirit duplicator and mimeograph printed. Cover art by Sandy Webb.
(Lowell A43, T&H B-13)

37. SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM
levy_suburbanFirst edition:
Cleveland: Zero Edition, 1968
Side-stapled sheets bound into illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages, 500 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover art by Barb O’Connelly.
(Lowell A42, T&H B-14)

38. POEMS
First edition:
Madison: Quixote Press, 1968
Top-stapled sheets in printed wrappers, 4 ” x 14″, 15 pages, 150 copies, offset printed.
(Lowell A41, T&H B-15)


39. THE TIBETAN STROBOSCOPE
levy_tibetanstroboFirst edition:
Cleveland: Ayizan Press, 1968
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.5″ x 11.75″, 32 pages, 4000 copies (though 3000 are rumored to have been destroyed by the author), offset printed on newsprint. Dedicated to Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, Robert Aitken, Phillip Kapleau, Paul Reps, and Philip Whalen. “An experiment in destructive writing other communications and concrete prose”.
(Lowell A44, T&H P-167)

40. ZEN CONCRETE: TRANSLATIONS & A NEW INTERPRETATION OF BUDDHIST DOCTRINES
levy_zenconcreteFirst edition:
n.p.: Blewointment Press, October 1968
First edition, 48 pages, 8.5″ x 11″, stapled sheets with illustrated cover, 300 copies, mimeograph and offset printed. Front cover photo by M.J. Roach.
(Lowell A39, T&H B-16)

41. PROSE: ON POETRY IN THE WHOLESALE EDUCATION AND CULTURE SYSTEM
levy_prose1a. First edition, first printing:
Milwaukee: Gunrunner Press, 1968
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, 300 copies, offset and mimeograph printed. Folded one-page letter laid in from editor Jim Soric: “LETTER TO THOSE WHO HAVENT HEARD: D.A. LEVY IS DEAD”. Purportedly the last piece written for publication by d.a. levy.
(Lowell A38, T&H B-17)

b. First edition, second printing:
Milwaukee: Gunrunner Press, n.d.
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 12 pages, 250 copies, offset printed.
(T&H B-17)

 

42. POEM FOR BEVERLY
levy_poembeverlyFirst edition:
Cleveland: Cold Mountain Publishing Company, December 1968
Side-stapled sheets bound into silk-screened wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, 400 copies. Cover silkscreen by T.L. Kryss.
(Lowell A40, T&H B-18)

43.THE MADISON POEMS
a. First edition
Madison: Quixote Press, January-March 1969
Silk-screened manila envelope measuring 9.25″ x 12″, contains reproductions of collages and concrete poems on loose cards and paper-stock, a folio of cards, and  a side-stapled booklet with collage covers containing THE MADISON POEMS, and SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM. Cover silkscreen by T.L. Kryss. Publisher’s Preface by Morris Edelson, Introduction by Dave Wagner. Published as Quixote Vol. 4, No. 6
(Lowell A46, T&H B-19)

[included in THE MADISON POEMS]
7 CONCRETE POEMS / CONCRETE POEMS / ELECTRIC GREEK POEMS (for Bob Gabriner)

levy_7concreteLoose sheets in folio measuring 5.5″ x 6″, offset printed. This is a collection of poems under 3 different titles (as noted above): 6 under the 1st title (the title says “7”, but there were only 6); 7 under the 2nd title; and 6 under the 3rd. Each poem is printed on separate card (cards of varying sizes), and the cards are inserted in a blue wraparound pocket that serves as the cover.

b. Second edition
Madison: Quixote Press, May 1972
Silk-screened manila envelope measuring 9.25″ x 12″, contains reproductions of collages and concrete poems on loose cards and paper-stock, a folio of cards, and  a side-stapled booklet with collage covers containing THE MADISON POEMS, and SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM, plus a reproduction of THE TIBETAN STROBOSCOPE. Cover silkscreen by T.L. Kryss. Publisher’s Preface by Morris Edelson, Introduction by Dave Wagner. Published as a reproduction of Quixote Vol. 4, No. 6.
(T&H B-19)

44. SONGS FOR DEAD CHILDREN
levy_songsfordeadFirst edition:
San Francisco: Black Rabbit Press, May 1969
Side-stapled sheets bound into silkscreened wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 6 pages, 100 copies, silkscreen and mimeograph printed. Covers art by Barbara O’ Connelly.
(Lowell A48, T&H B-20)

45. THE BEGINNING OF SUNNY DAWN & RED LADY
levy_beginningred
First edition, thus:
San Francisco: Open Skull Press, 1969
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 8″ x 9 “, 20 pages, 500 copies, offset printed. Cover art by Douglas Blazek. This is the second printing of THE BEGINNING OF SUNNY DAWN, first published by Ghostflower Press in 1968 in an edition of 236 copies. This is the first printing of RED LADY.
(T&H B-23)

46. RED LADY
levy_redlady1First edition, thus:
Cleveland: Para-Shakti Press, November 1969
Side-stapled in printed wrapper, 6.25″ x 7.5″, 22 pages, 500 copies, mimeograph printed. Initially published in an edition of 500 by Open Skull Press in 1969.
(T&H B-21)

44. POSTCARD
levy_postcardFirst edition:
Toronto: Ganglia Press, 1969
Folding card with printed and illustrated cover, 4.25″ x 5″. Cover drawing by levy. Published as “#26 in the mimeo march to total madness. A Ganglia 5¢ gun for the revolution.”
(T&H B-22)

46. TO BE A DISCREPANCY IN CLEVELAND
levy_discrepancyFirst edition:
Cambridge: Radical America, n.d. [c.1970]
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers 5.25″ x 8.5″, 46 pages. Poems reprinted from D.A. LEVY A TRIBUTE TO THE MAN (Cleveland: Ghost Press, 1968), POEMS (Madison: Quixote Press, 1968), THE MADISON POEMS (Madison: Quixote Press, January-March 1969).
(not in T&H)

47. STONE SARCOPHAGUS
levy_sarcophagusMadison: Radical America, n.d. (1970)
First edition, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. Issued as “the first in a series of poetry pamphlets published by RADICAL AMERICA”.
(not in T&H)

 

48. RED LADY
levy_redlady2First edition:
Vancouver: blewointmentpress, March 1970
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 700 numbered copies, offset and mimeograph printed. Cover photo by Klaas Verboom. Originally published in an edition of 500 by Open Skull Press.
(not in T&H)

49. NOTES: VARIATIONS ON A SHORT POEM
levy_notesFirst edition:
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1970
Side-stapled sheets with printed cover, 4.25″ x 5.5″, 12 pages, 300 copies, mimeograph printed. Cover illustration by Allen Ginsberg.
(Lowell A49, T&H B-24)

49. PRIVATE NO PARKING
levy_privateFirst edition:
Madison: RPM Printing, 1972
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages, 1000 copies, offset printed.
(T&H CO-02)

From Morris Edelson’s introduction: “levy… was invited in 1968 by Quixote to spend some time in Madison. he came, slept at Grace and Dave Wagner’s, visited some Freshman English classes and Comparative Literature Department meetings, gave a non-reading, and taught/didn’t teach a class: it was a Free University class in telepathy, d.a. never went but the class met anyway, thinking he was trying to tell them something. he was.”

50. PROSE: ON POETRY IN THE WHOLESALE EDUCATION & CULTURE SYSTEM
First edition, third printing:
Cleveland: Offense Fund, November 1974
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, 380 copies. Silkscreen insert by T.L. Kryss. Previously published by Gunrunner Press in Milwaukee in 1968.
(not in T&H)

51. THE MADISON COLLAGES
Cleveland: Offense Fund, 1975
First edition thus, stapled wrappers with library tape binding, 24 pages, 350 copies, cover silkscreen by T.L. Kryss. (T&H B-25)

52. TOMBSTONE AS A LONELY CHARM (PARTS I, II, & III)
Cleveland: Falling Down Press, 1975
First edition thus (collecting all 3 parts of TOMBSTONE…), stapled sheets glued into silkscreened wrappers, 5.75″ x 9″,  28 pages, 100 copies, cover art by Michael Schaefer.

53. COLLECTED POEMS
Ephraim, WI: Druid Books, 1976
First edition, perfect bound illustrated wrappers, paperback, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 232 pages.
(T&H CO-05)

54. SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM
levy_suburban2Cleveland: Offense Fund, 1976
Second edition, stapled wrappers, poem: SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM.




55. THE PRAPS I SERIES
n.p.: Mostly Broken Scabs Press, 1977
First edition, stapled wrappers, 125 copies.

56. SCARAB POEMS
levy_scarabn.p.: Writersforum, 1978
Second edition, stapled wrappers, 14 pages, 6″ x 8″.
(T&H B-26)



57. KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY
levy_kibbutz2Brigham, Quebec: Samisdat, n.d. [c.1978]
First edition thus, stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, apparent excepts/selections from KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY.



58. BERET: A CONCRETE POEM FOR THE WAR MONUMENTS
levy_beretFirst edition, thus:
Detroit: Planet Detroit Poems, August 1984
Saddle-stapled in un-printed wrappers [present image is of title page], 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages.