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The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle: The Art and Poetry of d.a. levy

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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 8th 1999 by Seven Stories Press (first published April 1st 1999)
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David Trautz
Apr 18, 2007 David Trautz rated it it was amazing
This is the best available collection spanning all of DA Levy's life. It's not limited to the Junkmail Oracle though, and unless your a fan of concrete poetry and paranoid hippie ramblings, sit this one out till something better comes around.I'm much more interested in his newspapers and stuff, which can be mostly found in their entirety here: [http://images.ulib.csuohio.edu/cdm4/r...]
Sarah Surratt
Jul 23, 2012 Sarah Surratt rated it it was amazing
the complete Tombstone as a Lonely Charm is one of the best things I've ever read
Pete
Aug 16, 2014 Pete rated it really liked it
may not satisfy non-clevelanders as much as it satisfied me. levy managed to be Cleveland's resident wolfish beat poet, a publisher of no mean accomplishment, a victim of what appears to be deeply undemocratic harassment by authorities, and also a suicide at at age 26 after making repeatedly comments about ending his own life in his work and correspondence. a fair chunk of these poems are caught up in the injustice that levy felt at his repression. they still have some bite but outside of the co ...more
Mustafa Al-Laylah
Aug 22, 2008 Mustafa Al-Laylah rated it really liked it
A great example of what street/slam poets should be doing more of - samizdat, broadsheets, cut-n-paste 'zines, etc.

Levy unfortunately like so many poets then as now didn't have the constitution to prevail and perished way too early.

This book though is an exceptional tribute to him lovingly put together and very slickly designed in a way that accentuates Levy's collage style of text and image.
Paul Mirek
Jun 20, 2012 Paul Mirek rated it it was amazing
This book is dangerous garbage, "dynamite for the mind" to borrow a turn of phrase from levy, the para-inspired ramblings of a Cleveland punk born (and died) a few decades too early. It's uneven and sprawling, but that's part of its charm (is that the word?), capturing a time of change and revolution that still echoes today.
Camille
Jul 14, 2008 Camille rated it really liked it
not much of d.a. levy's work has been published, but i think he was a remarkable poet and a progressive artist in his own right. i love the full-color collages they included with this book.
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d.a. levy, born Darryl Allan Levy, was an American poet, artist, and alternative publisher active during the 1960s, based in Cleveland, Ohio.
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