The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle collects d.a. levy's poetry, his collages--in both color and black-and-white--and other examples of his art, in a splendid large-format celebration of levy's unique contribution.
A visual artist, and an important figure in the concrete poetry movement, levy was also an activist and mystic who either committed suicide or was murdered at the age of twenty-six in East Cleveland. This occurred after two and a half years of intense media coverage, police harassment and court trials, and just as he was starting to be recognized as one of the most important geniuses of his generation.
Edited, with an investigative essay on Levy's life and mysterious death, by Mike Golden.
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d.a. levy (1942-1968) was an underground poet and publisher from Cleveland. He died, under mysterious circumstances, at the age of twenty-six. MIKE GOLDEN is a poet, journalist, novelist, filmmaker, and award-winning playwright and screenwriter.From Kirkus Reviews:
Levy (194268) was one of those poets who might as well have published his work in samidzat, considering the attentionand cult statushe obtained. An autodidact who spent most of his short life in Cleveland, levy collected his poetry in small chapbooks (most produced on his own photocopier) and obscure underground journals now long forgotten. Editor Golden, a poet and screenwriter, is to be commended for putting together this omnibus volume (including some of the poets artwork) from the complex bibliographic scraps that levywho died under mysterious circumstancesleft behind. Clearly influenced by Guy Debord and the Situationist International (a 1950s updating of the Dadaist movement), levys poetry is a pastiche of personal narrative (i ask . . . / is new Carters Tavern old Carters / Tavern & are the best brews really / at the Harbor Inn?) and political harangue (prophylactics are not / revolutionary / gun control begins in the bathroom) that largely rejects formal literary convention and aims at inducing (rather than conveying) the authors perceptions within the reader. Something of a local celebrity in the late '60s, levy was tried (unsuccessfully) in Cleveland on obscenity charges and was denounced in The Plain Dealer as a drug cultist. Golden provides a good introduction to those unfamiliar with the poets life and career, but, as he admits himself, This book, despite years of pruning, is still too rough to be labeled. Still, its a nice starteven though levy remains more interesting as a character than as a poettoward the increasing attention that eventually will be paid. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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