Private No Parking. d a. levy.
Private No Parking

Private No Parking

Madison, WI: RPM Print Shop, 1972. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "...many a truth comes out over the collating table, said Hamlet sucking a beer. said levy: "When I'm dead, you ought to give more attention to live poets." levy started poetry in Cleveland, helped a lot of poets, wrote "ukanhavyrfuckincitibak," edited The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle...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...levy now becomes a memory, a target, an energy we see traced on these pages... Here's a sample of his work, flung by RPM into the teeth of the void. do we own stock in a rising value property? (Doug) Blazek is trying to peddle levy around to the big publishers...we drink and keep on working, one eye on the door..." (from Introduction). Offered here is one of the many sought-after publications featuring visionary Cleveland poet-printer-publisher d.a.levy, an unsung hero of the Mimeograph Revolution respected and admired by such notable Beat heavyweights as Ed Sanders and Allen Ginsberg. This publication, of course, was released after levy's controversial 1968 suicide, from which some suspected foul play but has been definitively ruled as a suicide by close friends and family of d.a.levy, including friend of Third Mind Books and fellow groundbreaking American poet, Kent Taylor. levy was a lauded community organizer and poetry impresario, much like the person whose collection this book comes from, Thomas Rain Crowe (see the TMB publication "Starting from San Francisco" to learn more about the visionary aims of these poet-publisher-organizers). levy is of course set apart by not only his front-line battles against censorship, but his numerous innovations as a printer-publisher--but the fact that this book is from the collection of a poet who worked in that same community-building tradition as levy makes the provenance all the more meaningful. Book in near fine condition with slight shelf-wear; moderate rusting to staples; staining and browning to front cover, back cover; moderate-to-heavy rubbing to fine edges. Near Fine. [Item #3604]

Price: $55.00