d.a. levy - 4 Issues of Marrahwanna Quarterly

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d.a. levy - 4 Issues of Marrahwanna Quarterly

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4 Issues of D.A. Levy’s Marrahwanna Quarterly

d.a. levy was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 2, 1942 and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on November 24, 1968. An Iconic small press publisher and poet, during the 1960s he prolifically produced handmade publications, and along with publishers like Ed Sanders, helped to define the aesthetic of the Mimeo Revolution. Founding Renegade Press in 1963 (which later became 7 Flower Press) he printed and edited journals like the Marrahwanna Review and The Buddhist Third Class Junk Mail Oracle, along with discrete work by himself, poets like Ed Sanders, frequent collaborator D.R. Wagner, as well as editions by writers like Rimbaud, Artaud, and Camus. Throughout his short tenure in publishing he experimented widely with format, typography, printing, and collage, consistently defying the specialization of media. One of the truly great artist-poets of the 1960s, Levy’s unclassifiable work and intense spiritual striving embody the subversive spirit of a time which he helped to define.

 

Marrahwanna Quarterly was a publication founded and edited by D.A Levy which sought to combat and expose hypocrisy in the draconian drug laws of the 60s, as well as celebrate the burgeoning drug culture. Inspired by the Ed Sanders’ similar publication, The Marijuana Newsletter and by the group LAMAR (Committee to legalize Marijuana), Levy assembled each publication by hand. While earlier issues where more explicitly political, later issues focused on literary work. 

 

The Marrahwanna Quarterly, Vol. 1, 1964

D.A. Levy, ed.

Cleveland Ohio: Renegade Press, 1964. 5 ½ x 6 ½ wraps with 4 ½ x 6 ¼ in. paper. Sidestapled. Letterpress. Corners slightly bumped otherwise very good.

This, the first issue, includes You Murderers with Your Indifference, an abstract visual piece by D.A. Levy. 

 

Marrahwanna Quarterly 2, Winter 1964-1965

DA Levi, ed.

Cleveland Ohio: Renegade press, 1964. 8vo sidestapled. With various size sheets and various paper-types. Very good, with some mild edgewear and stains and edgewear. This, the second issue, includes the quote from Voznesensky on the cover: “poetry always means revolution.” Includes poems by D.A. Levy, Tuli Kupferberg, Kent Taylor, and D. Blazek.

 

The Marrahwannah Quarterly 4, 1965

D.A. Levy, ed.

Cleveland Ohio: Renegade Press, 1965. 4to sidestapled in wraps. With edgewear as well as slight indentations to wraps. This issue includes 6 poems by Charles Bukowski, the work of Bennet Hassink translated by D.A. Levy, and the Nadaist manifesto by Gonzalo Arango.

 

 

The Marrahwanna Quarterly, Vol 3, No. 2, 1967.

D.A. Levy, ed.

Cleveland Ohio: Renagade Press, 1967. 4to sidestapled in wraps. With screenprint affixed to wraps. This issue includes contributions by E.R. Baxter, Kent Tayler, and D.A. Levy. The editor states: “unwanted manuscripts/ not wanted…” With an editorial on “smut and poets,” and reviews written by D.A. Levy “while stoned on nothing” –presumably spooked (possibly still in jail) on obscenity charges. In 1966 Levy had been arrested the first time, and was arrested again in 1977. Issue includes notice of where to send money and contributions for D.A. Levy’s defense fund.

 

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