Tuesday, June 12, 2007

More to Cleveland Than

the Cavs. Larry Smith, via his wonderful efforts via Bottom Dog Press has just published d.a. levy & the mimeograph revolution. d.a. levy (pronounced in the mode of midwestern dialect da levy, as da bears, da bulls, etc.) was the most imaginative poet to ever not move from Cleveland (a city I have never been to and most likely will never go). "i have a city to cover with lines," as levy said, and try he did. Unfortunately Levy died and Cleveland remains. Hence the Ca(l)v(e)s. But levy did much more than write -- he was a force of poetry, readings, publications, a veritable onslaught against the dread daily grind of unimaginative drones that dull the imagination to death. This is to date the definitive work on levy, containing biographical information, interviews, critical work, and levy's own work (poems, drawings, letters). The book is smartly put together, includes a dvd film about levy by Kon Petrochuk. One of my favorite pieces is the interview with Ed Sanders, but there are many riches here. enjoy


Miguel said...

Do you have a copy of this?

piper said...

I have just donated mine to the library. So we do.