Cleveland undercovers.Cleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966 Stock Code: 138636
"FREAK COVERS"First edition, this one of 65 special copies "bound with freak covers by the author" (each being thus unique, this one incorporating old maps of Ohio, a striking photograph of two Native Americans, and newsprint collage), from a total edition of 500. This copy is inscribed on the title page, "many thanks, d. a. levy". Levy (1942-1968) was a leading figure in the countercultural movement known as the Cleveland Mimeograph Revolution. His productions, being hand-assembled with small print runs, now survive in small numbers. He died by suicide in November 1968, and signed or inscribed examples of his works are not common. Levy's introduction declares "to my knowledge this poem is the first poem of any length to be written about cleveland in 150 yrs, it is a tourists guide to 150 yrs of absurd history, the poem exists simultaneously in the past, the present, & with one hopeful eye in the future... WHAT FUTURE?". Included on a terminal fold-out leaf is an additional poem, "New Ethinc Folk Poem for the Beat Generation in Cleveland & for the Neo-American Church", written in 1064 following a peyote ritual.
Octavo. Original wrappers hand-assembled by the author, stapled at the fold.
Vertical crease running through wrappers and book from having been presumably once folded, the map inside front wrapper thus splitting, some light wear down the spine, still very good condition.
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