The Day Is a Prayer They Can't Understand! D. R. Wagner, d a. levy, Letters, Cover Art.

The Day Is a Prayer They Can't Understand!

Cleveland: Seven Flowers Press, 1967. First Edition.

Quarto (11 x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 225 mm), [20] yellow and white mimeographed pages, printed rectos only, in stapled wrappers with a hand-painted cover attached to the upper wrapper.

A series of letters (or "lettres") from poet and artist D.R. Wagner to d.a. levy, featuring a hand-painted cover by levy, the legendary Cleveland poet, publisher, and provocateur.

According to the title page, only 150 copies were published by levy's Seven Flowers Press. This particular book, an important mimeo production of the Cleveland poetry scene, is notable because levy made a different painting or collage for the cover of each copy. On this copy, levy appears to have painted on a magazine page and then attached it to the heavy card wrappers.

The book features a lengthy introduction by T.L. Kryss, flower drawings by mara, a short "note by publisher" d.a. levy, followed by letters to levy. Wagner writes on Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and Egyptian mysticism, among other things, with a strong dose of stream of consciousness. "...I don't have one get yrself a cat --siamese wld be the best I think and meditate with it -- I did with baxter's sisters cat and they know different paths you can take and most of the company of gods are responsive to prayers when the cat is with you -- they (cats) follow so easily..." (Letter of June 20, 1966).

OCLC shows 23 institutional holdings under 3 accession numbers: 2841056, 264872262, and 213819477, meaning institutions hold 15% of the print run. Scarce in the antiquarian book trade.

An important contribution to the Cleveland poetry scene, with an original handpainted cover by d.a. levy.

CONDITION: Near Fine, with only slight edge wear and creasing. A beautiful copy. Item #2300

Price: $875.00

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