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Russell Atkins


A Podium Presentation (Brooklyn Heights, OH: The Poetry Seminar Press, 1960) First edition, stapled wrappers, 4.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, mimeograph.

Phenomena (Wilberforce, OH: The Free Lance Poets and Prose Workshop, 1961) First edition, stapled wrappers, 4.5″ x 8.5″, 79 pages.

Objects (Eureka: Hearse Press, 1961) first edition, 4.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, 200 copies. Cover illustration by Ben Tibbs

Two by Atkins: The Abortionist and The Corpse (Cleveland: Free Lance, 1963) First edition, stapled wrappers, 40 pages. “Two poetic dramas to be set to music”.

Objects 2 (Cleveland: Renegade Press, 1963) Second printing, stapled wrappers, 20 pages, 100 copies, letterpress. First printed by Hearse Press. (T&H P-017)

Spyrytual (Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966) First edition, stapled sheets tipped into printed wrappers, 200 copies, letterpress. (T&H P-108)

Objects For Piano (Cleveland: Free Lance, 1967) First edition, stapled wrappers, 16 pages. Musical score. There is a short afterword in which the author’s interest in modern music is described.

Heretofore (London: Paul Breman, 1968) First edition, stapled wrappers, 32 pages, Volume 7 in the Heritage Series.

The Nail (Cleveland: Free Lance Press, 1970) First edition, stapled wrappers, 90 pages. “Adapted from the short story of the same name written by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon” meant to be set to Music.

Here In The (Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1976) First edition, perfect bound, 52 pages.

Whichever (Cleveland: Free Lance Press, 1978) First edition, stapled wrappers.

Maleficium (Cleveland: Free Lance Press, 1971) First edition, stapled wrappers, 65 pages.

Juxtapositions: A Manifesto (privately published, 1991)


The Cleveland Manifesto Of Poetry (Cleveland: The Asphodel Bookshop, 1964) first edition, single sheet printed on both sides, mimeograph, dated June 1, 1964 , statements by d.a. levy Kent Taylor, Jau Billera, Russell Atkins, Russell Salamon, and Adelaide Simon. (T&H B-01)

The Muntu Poets Of Cleveland (Cleveland: The United Black Artists of Cleveland and Free Lance Poets Press, 1968) first edition, stapled wrappers, Atkins provides the Introductions and one poem: SPYRYTUAL.

A Tribute To Jim Lowell (Cleveland: Ghost Press, June 1967) first edition, stapled wrappers, 1/500 copies, mimeograph, cover and silkscreens by T.L. Kryss, contributors include (in order of appearance) B.P. Nichol, T.L. Kryss (Preface), R. Wolter, Jonathan Williams, Mitchell Goodman & Denise Levertov, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Olson, Russell Atkins, Marvin Malone, William Wantling, Jacob Leed, T.L. Kryss, Dwight MacDonald, Paul Carroll, Carl Woideck, d.a. levy, Douglas Casement, George Dowden, Mike Murphy, Franklin W.W. Osinski, Geoffrey Cook, Kent Taylor, D.R. Wagner, Charles Bukowski, Donald Cauble, J.M. Edelstein, James Laughlin, Robert Lowell, Douglas Blazek, Brown Miller, Phillip Kaplan, Gilbert Sorrentino, Guy Davenport, Felix Pollak, Michael McClure, rjs, Dave Cunliffe, Ron Caplan, Carl Weissner, David W. Harris, Walter Lowenfels, John Cornillion, Allen De Loach, Jasper Wood, Walter R. Keller , Ted Berrigan.

Further reading:

Deep Cleveland: biographical data

Eclipse: facsimiles of Atkins work