San Francisco/Cleveland: Zero Publications, 1969. First Edition.
Quarto (11 x 8 3/4 inches; 280 x 220 mm),  yellow and white mimeographed leaves, printed rectos only, in illustrated black and gold stapled wrappers, ragged edged along fore and bottom edges of the upper wrapper.
An anthology of poems pulled together by Cleveland author and artist T.L. (Tom) Kryss, a friend of the legendary poet and publisher d.a. levy. According to the title page, "Panama Gold" was published "in extremely limited editions of under 200."
The anthology appeared in July 1969, seven months following levy's suicide and includes a poem by levy, "Tomb Stone as a Lonely Charm." Both levy and Kryss were key members of the Cleveland Mimeo Revolution of the 1960s, along with Kent Taylor, whose "Western Poem" appears here. There's also Don Foster's long poem, "Rifle," dedicated to levy.
In addition, the anthology includes works by Charles Bukowski, Douglas Blazek, D.r. Wagner, Dennis Saleh, Pete LaRouche, Larry Eigner, Neeli Cherry, James Sorcic, John Haines, Thomas McGrath, William Matthews, Kell D. Robertson Jr., Gene Bloom, Roger Sauls, and Duane Locke.
The striking wrappers, titled "the sand children," are by Barbara O'Connelly, while Tom Kryss has contributed a screen print that depicts, among other things, a rabbit -- an image that appears in other Kryss-levy collaborations.
OCLC shows 22 institutional holdings of "Panama Gold." Scarce in the antiquarian book trade.
CONDITION: Minor scuffing and light edge wear to wrappers, which don't fully enclose the text block, light creasing to some pages, final page detached from staples but holding firm due to vertical edge being glued to the lower wrapper. A beautiful, Near Fine copy. Item #2302