Madison, WI: Quixote Press, 1969. First Edition. Attractive portfolio of levy's work, which he produced during a one month stint in October, 1968 as the "Free University Poet-in-Residence" at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Two editions of the portfolio were assembled and produced by levy's friends and fellow poets after his death - the first in 1969, and a second edition in 1972, both containing an entirely different series of collages and inserts of varying sizes. Together with The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle, an underground newspaper he produced, the Madison Poems and collages remains one of the best representations of his prowess as a visual artist. Uncommon, especially complete, as the 7 Concrete Poems portfolio tends to be removed and sold separately. Item #4661
Original manila envelope (9" x 12"), with silkscreened illustration by T.L. Kryss on front cover, and holograph title (in ink) along upper margin ("quixote vol.4 no.6 - d.a. levy"), containing reproductions of 23 broadside collages by levy, printed in black on variously-colored stock, measuring ca.4 1/8" x 4 5/8" - 8.5" x 11". Together with the booklet The Madison Poems of d.a. levy [Cover title: The Art of a Changing Society]. Quarto (28cm); variously-colored printed sheets, side-stapled into collaged covers; [xxviii],23,pp. Together with the portfolio titled 7 Concrete Poems (or Electric Greek Poems, on inner card pocket, or Concrete Poems on rear cover). Small stapled portfolio, with text printed in black on blue-gray stock, measuring 5.5" x 6 3/8", housing 19 concrete poems printed in black on white card stock. All 23 broadside collage inserts are Fine; tiny bump and tear at upper spine-fold on 7 Concrete Poems portfolio, else Near Fine; The Madison Poems shows mild toning to wrapper extremities, two tiny tears to lower margin of front wrapper, with a small and nearly invisible piece clear tape directly above same - Near Fine. Silkscreened envelope is worn, with tears and splits, a few of them mended with fraying tape; Good to Very Good.