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Judson Crews

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Judson Crews, poet, editor, publisher, and book dealer, was born June 30, 1917, in Waco, Texas. Crews received both the B.A. (1941) and M.A. (1944) in Sociology from Baylor University, and during 1946-1947 studied fine arts at Baylor. In addition, Crews did graduate study at the University of Texas, El Paso in 1967. He has worked as an educator at Wharton County Junior College, New Mexico (1967-1970), the University of New Mexico, Gallup Branch (1971-1972), and at the University of Zambia (1974-1978). He has also been involved in social work. After two years in the U. S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, Crews moved his family and business, Motive Press, from Waco, Texas, to Taos, New Mexico, where he began his writing and publishing career in earnest.

Judson Crews was a prominent figure in the Southwest poetry scene as a poet, editor, and publisher of contemporary poetry and art magazines. Crews admittedly wrote under numerous pseudonyms. Of these pseudonyms, Willard Emory Betis, Trumbull Drachler, Cerise Farallon (Mrs. Trumbull Drachler, maiden name Lena Johnston), and Tobi Macadams have been clearly identified. In the instance of these, and possibly many other pseudonymous names, Crews created a fantasy world of writers to encompass, perhaps, the breadth of his literary ambitions.

Crews’ publishing activities began in earnest after his move from Texas to the Taos area. He started the Este Es Press in 1946, which remained in operation until 1966. The little magazines with which he was involved from 1940 to 1966 include The Deer and Dachshund, The Flying Fish, Motive, The Naked Ear, Poetry Taos, Suck-Egg Mule: A Recalcitrant Beast, Taos: A Deluxe Magazine of the Arts, and Vers Libre. Together with Scott Greer, he was co-editor of Crescendo: A Laboratory for Young America, and worked with Jay Waite on Gale. Crews published not only his own chapbooks and magazines but also those of his friends and colleagues, including the Zambian poet Mason Jordan Mason, among others. In conjunction with this printing activity, Crews operated the Motive Book Shop which became a focal point for the dissemination and advocacy of avant-garde poetry, important little magazines and literary reviews, as well as so-called pornographic materials. The material that Crews sold ranged from literary classics such as the works of D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller, to hard-to-obtain domestic and foreign avant-garde journals, and nudist magazines. Crews was also a friend as well as an advocate of Henry Miller and continued to sell Miller’s works after they were banned in the United States.


Judson Crews Checklist:

Section A: Books
Section B: Contributions to Books and Anthologies
Section C: Contributions to Periodicals
Section D: Books Edited and Published
Section E: Periodicals Edited and Published


A Select and limited sampling…

Mason Jordan Mason
THE YARDARM OF MURPHEY’S KITE
crews_theyardarmRanches of Taos: Motive Press, 1956
First edition, 4to., [48] pp. Introduction by Chris Bjerknes, “Mason Jordan Mason: An Appreciation”. White, plastic comb binding with decorated board covers. Photographs cut from magazines on both sides of covers, with title and author name letterpress printed in blue on front. Additional magazine images throughout. The images appear to come from nudist, girly, travel, and other magazines. Each copy presumably is unique. [Some have suggested that Mason Jordan Mason is a pseudonym for Judson Crews who admitedly used several pseudonyms. See biographical sketch.] 

Judson Crews, editor 
POETRY TAOS, Number One.
crews_poetrytaosRanches of Taos: n.p., 1957
First edition, 4to., [64] pp. White, plastic comb binding with decorated board covers. Photographs cut from magazines on both sides of covers, with title and author name letterpress printed in blue on front. Numerous similar leaves in text. The images appear to come from nudist, girly, travel, and other magazines. Each copy presumably is unique. Introduction by Judson Crews. Contributors include: Wolcott Ely, Gaston Criell, William Carlos Williams, Mason Jordan Mason, Robert Creeley, Robert Burdette, Max Fenstein, Hyacinthe Hill, Joseph Foster, Cerise Farallon, Judson Crews, Donn Cantonwine, Murry Moore, Wendell B. Anderson. 


Further research and reading:

Biographical information


References consulted:

Anderson, Wendell. THE HEART’S PRECISION (Carson: Dumont Press, 1994)

Taylor, Kent  and Alan Horvath.  LOOKING FOR D.A. LEVY (RANDOM SIGHTINGS): THE D.A. LEVY BIBLIOGRAPHY, Volume 1 and 2 (Kirpan Press, 2006, 2008)

THE WORMWOOD REVIEW, Issue No. 19 (Storrs: Wormwood Review Press, 1965)

Douglas Blazek: Periodicals Edited and Published

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Section E: 
This index includes periodicals edited and published during Blazek’s “prolific early period”.

OLE

1. OLE, No. 1, edited by Douglas Blazek
DEDICATED TO THE CAUSE OF MAKING POETRY DANGEROUS

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, 1964
first edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 400 numbered copies, mimeograph. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, Judson Crews, Ron Offen, Marvin Malone, Kirby Congdon. (DenBoer C2)

2. OLE, No. 2, edited by Douglas Blazek
A MAGAZINE FOR ALL THOSE UNACKNOWLEDGED LEGISLATORS OF THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE REALLY UNACKNOWLEDGED

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, March 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, mimeograph. Contributors include: d.a. levy, Charles Bukowski, William Wantling, Walter Lowenfels, Gil Orlovitz, Harold Norse, Clarence Major, Key Johnson, Marcus J. Grapes, Al Purdy, Kent Taylor, Steve Richmond. (DenBoer C3)

3. OLE, No. 3, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE ORIGINAL CONSCIOUSNESS-EXPANSION MAGAZINE

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, November 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 400 numbered copies, mimeograph. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski,Judson Crews, Ron Offen, Marvin Malone, Kirby Congdon. (DenBoer C4)

4. OLE, No. 4, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE POETFOOD FOR CHAMPIONS

Bensenville: The Mimeo Press, May 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, William Wantling, Steve Richmond, Clarence Major, Al Purdy Harold Norse, Lee Harwood, Jack Anderson, Neeli Cheery. (DenBoer C5)

5. OLE, No.5, edited by Douglas Blazek
HAROLD NORSE SPECIAL ISSUE

Bensenville: Open Skull Press, 1966
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, Harold Norse, James Baldwin, Anais Nin, William S. Burroughs, William Carlos Williams, Paul Carroll, Jack Hirschman. (DenBoer C6)

6. OLE, No. 6, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE WEIRD HARVEST SPECIAL. THE ALL POETRY JAB-EYE REFLEX EXPLOSION ISSUE

Bensenville: Open Skull Press, July 1966
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include Charles Bukowski, Al Purdy, William Wantling, Harold Norse, D.r. Wagner, Larry Eigner, Steve Richmond, Jack Grapes, Jeff Nutall. (DenBoer C7)

7. OLE, No. 8, edited by Douglas Blazek
Wood Dale: Open Skull Press, April 1967
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Blazek. Contributors include: Charles Bukowski, Charles Plymell, William Wantling, D.r. Wagner, Steve Richmond, Al Purdy Harold Norse, Jeff Nutall, T.L. Kryss, Terry Stokes, Clive Matson. [note: issue 8 was published before issue 7] (DenBoer C8)

8. OLE, No.7, edited by Douglas Blazek
THE GODZILLA REVIEW ISSUE OF SMALL PRESS PUBLICATIONS COMPREHENSIVELY ENCOMPASSING BOOKS PUBLISHED OVER THE LAST HALF-DECADE

San Francisco: Open Skull Press, May 1967
First edition, stapled wrappers, mimeograph. Cover art by Charles Plymell. Contributors include: d.a. levy, Charles Bukowski, Charles Plymell, William Wantling, D.r. Wagner, Steve Richmond, Al Purdy Harold Norse, Jeff Nutall, T.L. Kryss, Terry Stokes, Clive Matson. (DenBoer C9)


OPEN SKULL

OPEN SKULL, No. 1, edited by Douglas Blazek
San Francisco: Open Skull Press, 1967
First edition, stapled wrappers, 34 pages. Illustrated by Blazek. Letters from Plymell, Wantling, Norse, Purdy, Kryss, Cauble, and two letters to Bukowski. A “one-shot” periodical.

d.a. levy: Publications Edited and Published

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Section D:
This index includes publication edited and published by d.a. levy (excluding periodicals and serial publications: see Section E)


1. levy, d.a. 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. levy, d.a. 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. levy, d.a. 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. Beck, George Robert. DREAMS AT THE TEA-TABLE
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 32 pages, 100 numbered copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-04)


5. Billera, Jau. PURGATORY AND CAROUSELS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 40 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by d.a. levy. This Renegade Press edition reprints the first section titled Purgatory and Carousels from the Free Lance Press edition of the same title printed in 1963; this edition also adds a new section, not in the first, titled Carousels. (T&H P-05)

6. Morris, Richard Allen. BRUSHED POEMS & A LITTLE PUTSCH
First edition thus, second printing:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by d.a. levy. Second printing after a self-published first printing by Morris in Pacific Beach, California. (T&H P-06)

7. Atkins, Russell. OBJECTS 2
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by d.a. levy. This Renegade Press edition includes three poems that appear in Objects (Eureka: Hearse Press, 1960) but is otherwise a different collection. (T&H P-07)

8. Czaban, Jr., Lester. NIGHT GARDEN
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed and with a block print by d.a. levy. (T&H P-09)
[not in archive]

9. levy, d.a. A STUDY IN AERODYNAMICS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed and with a block print by d.a. levy. (T&H P-10)

10. levy, d.a. THREE LEGGED INTROVERT
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed and with a block print by d.a. levy. (T&H P-11)

11. levy, d.a. ANKARA
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed and with a block print by d.a. levy. (T&H P-12)

12. levy, d.a. HAPPY HIROSHIMA DAY
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Single card folded once. (T&H P-13)
[not in archive]

13. Taylor, Kent. SELECTED POEMS OF KENT TAYLOR
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by d.a. levy. (T&H P-14)


14. Heckman, Carl. CORNPONETONEPOME
levy_ cornponeFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5″ x 7.5″, 20 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-15)



15. levy, d.a. 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. This printing includes poems in a different sequence than the first printing and some additions and omissions. (Lowell A4, T&H P-16)

16. Atkins, Russell. OBJECTS 2
Second edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Second Renegade Press printing with sequence of poems changed from first printing, plus one added poem.
(T&H P-17)

17. Berge, Carol. THE VULNERABLE ISLAND
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, 105 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Dedication: “for E.R. Lyon”. (T&H P-18)


18. Crews, Judson. SELECTED POEMS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 7″, 16 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block prints by Lester Czaban Jr. (T&H P-19)


19. Katzman, Allan. THE BLOODLETTING
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 6.5″, 16 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-20)


20. Konyecsni, John. BIRDS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block print by John Konyecsni. (T&H P-21)
[not in archive]

21. Czaban Jr., Lester. STEALING
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block print by Lester Czaban, Jr. (T&H P-23)



22. Levey, Charlene. ECSTATIC NOMAD
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block print by Charlene Levey. (T&H P-24)
[not in archive]

23. Salamon, Russell. THE TRIAL
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Postcard, 3″ x 5″, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block print by Russell Salamon. (T&H P-25)
[not in archive]

24. Keys, John. KEY’S
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 6.5″, 16 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-26)


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

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

27. Randall, Margaret. POEMS OF THE GLASS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 5″ x 7″, 16 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block prints by Cathy Crayton. Dedication: “for Sergio”. (T&H P-29)

28. Rasey, Dave. SUBWAYS
levy_subwaysFirst edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 7″, 12 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Block prints by A. Sypher [aka Marvin Malone]. Dedication: “for Carol Bergé”. (T&H P-30)

29. Salamon, Russell. PARENT[HETICAL POP]PIES
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 7″, 16 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Prints by d.a. levy. Dedication: “for Lewis Turco”. (T&H P-31)

30. Sanders, Ed. KING LORD, QUEEN FREAK
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 6″ x 7″, 16 pages, 105 copies, letterpress printed and with prints by d.a. levy. Dedication: “to the dope-freaks, poets, madmen & mother fuckers of the Lower East Side”. (T&H P-32)

31. Schramm, Irene. WHO IS DEAD
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Dedication: “for ee”. (T&H P-33)


32. Taylor, Kent. ALEATORY LETTERS
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1964
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed and illustrated wrappers, 14 pages, 57 numbered copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy and Kent Taylor. Block prints by Kent Taylor. (T&H P-39)
[not in archive]

33. levy, d.a. 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 and with block prints by d.a. levy. Dedication: “for my brother, James”.
(Lowell A6, T&H P-40)

34. Katzman, Allan. THE BLOODLETTING
First edition, second printing:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Side-stapled in wrappers made from maps, 4.5″ x 5.25″, 10 pages, 200 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-57)


35. Larsen, Carl. LEAH
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 10 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-58)


36. Sanders, Ed. KING LORD, QUEEN FREAK
First edition, second printing:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 7″, 12 pages, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Dedication: “to the dope-freaks, poets, madmen & mother fuckers of the Lower East Side”. (T&H P-59)

37. levy, d.a. CHALCHIHUITLICUE
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Side-stapled in printed wrappers, 3 pages, 37 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Dedication: “for Carol Bergé”. (T&H P-61)
[not in archive]

38. levy, d.a. 50 SECONDS TIL BLASTOFF
First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 50 pages, 37 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-62)
[not in archive]

39. levy, d.a. and Kent Taylor. FORTUITONS MOTHERFUCER
a. First edition:
Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1965
Side-stapled in printed wrappers with newspaper insert, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 10 pages, 75 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Note: cover variants exist in two different sizes and two different colored cover stocks. (T&H P-63)

levy_fortuitonsb. Facsimile edition:
Toronto: Letters Bookshop, 1995
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 10 pages, 30 numbered copies, photocopy printed. 



40. Bergé, Carol. LUMINA
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1965
Stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 4.25″, 8 pages, 178 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Dedication: “for the artisan, Eugene Hines”. (T&H P-71)

41. Harris, Marguerite. MOON
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1965
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 5.75″, 6 pages, 200 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-72)


42. Szuter, Thom. WINTER: 1965
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1965
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 2.5″, 8 pages, 78 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-73)

43. levy, d.a. 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)


44. levy, d.a. 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. Dedication: “for Sam Dogin”. (Lowell A27, T&H P-75)

45. Taylor, Kent. LATE STATIONS
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 21 pages, 200 copies, letterpress and mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover block print by Carl Woideck, introduction by d.a. levy. (T&H P-76)

46. [anthology] LONG DONGS, edited by d.a. levy
levy_longdongsFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 30 pages, 300 copies, letterpress and mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by Beorna. Contributors include Joe Nickell, Steve Richmond,  Douglas Blazek. (T&H P-77)

47. Butcher, Grace. THE BRIGHT COLORED DARK
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 22 pages, 250 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by Baldwin Ford, introduction by d.a. levy. (T&H P-78)

48. [anthology] THE PARA-CONCRETE MANIFESTO, edited by d.a. levy
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Single sheet, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Contributors include d.a. levy, D.r. Wagner, Kent Taylor. (T&H P-82)

49. levy, d.a. 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)

50. levy, d.a. 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)

51. levy, d.a. 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 by d.a. levy. (Lowell A22, T&H P-90)

52. levy, d.a. 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 by d.a. levy. (Lowell A26, T&H P-91)

53. levy, d.a. 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 with a block print by d.a. levy. (T&H P-93)

54. Barker, Richard. 3 POEMS
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., 1966
Corner-stapled sheets with illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 6 pages, 100 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by d.a. levy.
(T&H P-95)

55. levy, d.a. 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)

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

56. Rhody, Randy. PARACHUTES
levy_parachutesFirst edition:
Cleveland: 400 Rabbit Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to painted wrappers, 6.75″ x 8.5″, 6 pages, 125 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Unique water-color cover art by MaRa. (T&H P-102)

57. Blackburn, Paul. 16 SLOPPY HAIKU & A LYRIC FOR ROBERT REARDON
levy_16sloppyhaikuFirst edition:
Cleveland: 400 Rabbit Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 10 pages, 45 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by Al Diamonstein. Dedication: “for Eunice and Maia”. (T&H P-103)

58. levy, d.a., Mara, and D.r. Wagner. BLACK HAT AT THE END OF THE BAR
levy_blackhat
First edition:
Cleveland: 400 Rabbit Press, 1966
Side-stapled in hand-painted wrappers, 8.75″ x 5″, 26 pages, 120 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy with additional hand-written, hand-painted, and collage elements by d.a. levy and Mara. Text is co-authored by levy and Wagner. (Lowell A20, T&H P-104)

59. Diamondstein, Al. DEATH TO ALL NON-BELIEVERS
First edition:
Cleveland: 400 Rabbit Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets, 10 pages, 50 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-105)
[not in archive]

60. [anthology] 465, AN ANTHOLOGY OF CLEVELAND POETS, edited by d.a. levy
levy_465First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets in silk-screened cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 64 pages, 500 copies. Contributors include Russell Atkins, Judith Hawthorne Albrecht, Grace Butcher, Geoffrey Cook, John Cornillon, Susan Cornillon, Joel Marc Deutsch, Joel Friedman, Bennet Hassink, Walter R. Keller, Joyce Guion, T.L. Kryss, Jacob Leed, d.a. levy, Mara, Franklin W.W. Osinski, r.j.s., Thom Szuter, Kent Taylor, Don Thomas, Kathie Lenehan. Preface by Rene Char. Cover silkscreen by Ralph and Diedra Poplar. Mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-106)

61. levy, d.a. 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 by d.a. levy.  Dedicated to Jim Lowell. Cover block print by dagmar. (Lowell A15, T&H P-107)

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

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

63. levy, d.a. THE NORTH AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
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, 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)

64. levy, d.a. & D.r. Wagner. THE EGYPTIAN STROBOSCOPE
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled in silk-screened wrappers, 8.5″ x 14″, 68 pages, 108 copies. (Lowell A28, T&H P-110)
[not in archive]


65. Albrecht, Erik K. OCTOBER
a. First edition, regular copies
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
First edition, stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 2.25″ x 6″, 12 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-111)

b. First edition, special copies
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
First edition, stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 2.25″ x 6″, 12 pages, 20 special copies with cover art by Beorna, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. (not in T&H)

66. Atkins, Russell. SPYRYTUAL
levy_spyrytualFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 4.25″ x 8.25″, 4 pages, 200 copies, letterpress and mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-112)


67. Walker, Joe. POEMS FROM THE CHICAGO MS.
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed wrappers, 6 pages, 100 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Cover by Dana Crumb. (T&H P-113)
[not in archive]

68. Leed Jacob. POEMS OF JACOB LEED
levy_poemsjacoba. First edition, regular copies:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound in to printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 6″, 14 pages, 205 copies, letterpress printed and with prints by d.a. levy. (T&H P-114)

b. First edition, special copies:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets in hand-painted wrappers with library tape binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, 5 copies, letterpress printed and with hand-painted cover and 3 full painted pages by d.a. levy. (not in T&H)

69. Sauls, Roger. PAIDEUMIC DREAMS / MIRACLES & ECSTASIES
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets in printed and painted wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 40 pages, 200 copies, mimeograph printed and with unique cover painting by d.a. levy. Introduction by D.r. Wagner. (T&H P-115)

70. Bukowski, Charles. GENIUS OF THE CROWD
levy_geniusFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 6″, 22 pages, 103 copies, letterpress printed by d.a. levy. Prints by Paula Marie Savarino. (T&H P-117)

71. Montgomery, George. THE MARY-JANE PAPERS
levy_themaryjaneFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 14″, 22 pages, 200 copies, mimeograph printed and with an introduction by d.a. levy. (T&H P-118)

72. Wood, Kay. GREENWOOD
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 16 pages, 103 copies, letterpress and mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Block prints by Grady Jones. (T&H P-119)

73. Shulman, Matthew H. THE BALLAD OF NO BERETS
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
Broadside, 8″ x 10.5″, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-121)



74. [anthology] 306, AN ANTHOLOGY OF CLEVELAND POETS, edited by d.a. levy
levy_306First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in silk-screened cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 50 pages, 306 copies, mimeograph and spirit duplicator printed and with an introduction by d.a. levy. Original artwork by Mara. Contributors include Judith H. Albrecht, Marion Black, Joel Marc Deutsch, Joyce Guion, Tim Hall, T.L. Kryss, d.a. levy, RJS, Kent Taylor, Carl Woideck, MJW. (T&H P-124)

Note: Cover photograph of Jim Lowell standing in front of the Asphodel book shop by Martin Szuter.

75. levy, d.a. 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)


76. levy, d.a. KIBBUTZ IN THE SKY, BOOK II
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)
[not in archive]

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)


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


78. [anthology] JAMES R. LOWELL DEFENSE FUND, edited by d.a. levy
First edition:
Cleveland: n.p., 1967
Corner-stapled sheets in illustrated cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 4 pages, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Contributors include d.a. levy and Joe Brainard. (T&H P-134)

79. Krech, Richard. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF ECSTACY
levy_weareonFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in hand-painted cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 14 pages, 250 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Unique cover art by Mara. (T&H P-138)

80. Shulman, Matt. FLAGS OF LONELINESS
levy_flagsFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets bound in to wrappers made from Geology of Ohio map, 4.5″ x 6″, 8 pages, 200 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-139)

81. Wyatt, W.E. POEMS OF W.E. WYATT
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated and printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 22 pages, 200 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Drawings by Mara. (T&H P-140)

82. [anthology] THREE POEMS BY CLEVELAND POETS, edited by d.a. levy
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 FlowersPress, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in hand-painted wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages, 86 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Contributors include d.a. levy, Kent Taylor, Carl Woideck. Unique cover art by Mara. (T&H P-141)
[not in archive]

83. Wagner, D.r. THE DAY IS A PRAYER THEY CAN’T UNDERSTAND!
levy_thedayisa. First edition, hand-painted copies:
Cleveland: 7 FlowersPress, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in hand-painted cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 40 pages, 150 copies, mimeograph printed and with cover art by d.a. levy. Introduction by T.L. Kryss, and “note by publisher” by d.a. levy.  (T&H P-142)

b. First edition, collage copies:
Cleveland: 7 FlowersPress, 1967
Side-stapled sheets in original collage cover, 8.5″ x 11″, 40 pages, mimeograph printed and with cover art by d.a. levy. Introduction by T.L. Kryss, and “note by publisher” by d.a. levy. Note: the total print run is 150; no count or priority to hand-painted or collage cover. (T&H P-142)

84. Saint-Eden, Dennis. NAPALM / HYDROEM POR NADIE / PSAMBA
levy_napalmFirst edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets bound into silk-screened wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 16 pages, 275 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover silkscreen by T.L. Kryss. (T&H P-143)

85. Fowler, Gene. GENE FOWLER WRITES
First edition:
Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1967
Side-stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 10 pages, 250 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. (T&H P-144)

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

87. [anthology] POETRY SURVIVAL FUND, edited by d.a. levy
levy_poetrysurvivalFirst edition:
Cleveland: Grass Coin Publishing Co., 1967
Side-stapled sheets in painted cover, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 6 pages, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by Joyce Guion. Contributors include Grace Butcher, Cleo Malone, Basho, Joyce Guion, d.a. levy, D.r. Wagner. (T&H P-147)

88. levy, d.a. and D.r. Wagner. THE EGYPTIAN STROBOSCOPE
levy_egyptianSecond edition:
Cleveland: Grass Coin Publishing Company, 1967
Side-stapled in collaged wrappers, 8.5″ x 14″, 46 pages, 100 copies. Originally published in 1966 in an edition of 105 copies by 7 Flowers Press. “This is one of the publications seized by the cleveland in the dec. 1966 blitz-bomb”. (see Lowell A28, T&H P-145)

89. Sauls, Roger. PAIDEUMIC DREAMS/MIRACLES & ECSTASIES
levy_paideumicFirst edition, second printing :
Cleveland: The Grass Coin Publishing Co., 1967
Side-stapled sheets in illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 22 pages, 125 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by MaRa. Introduction by D.R. Wagner. (T&H P-148)

Note: from the title page: “This volume of poems is one of the ‘allegedly obscene’ books seized by the cleveland police in december 1966. The city has continued its campaign to obliterate all non-aryan writings, intoxicants & spokesmen. This printing is in protest to the lack of intelligent police leadership.”

90. levy, d.a. 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-174)

91. Ferguson, Steve and Mara. FLOWERS FOR BRIAN SHERMAN
First edition:
Cleveland: Ayizan Press, 1968
Side-stapled sheets in silk-screened wrappers, 7″ x 8″, 10 pages, 150 copies, mimeograph printed by d.a. levy. Cover art by T. L. Kryss. (T&H P-175)

d.a. levy


d.a. levy Checklist:

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


References Consulted:

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


Online Resources:

· Cleveland Memory Project
· d.a. levy home page
· Deep Cleveland
· Literary Kicks


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.