& everyday i sit here
trying to become one of you
after another
trying on those high school dreams
for size
it doesnt work
you dont fit me

as a poet i try to learn
how to remain human
despite technology
& there is no one to learn from
i am still too young to
be quiet and contemplative

i dont want to become a golden ager
cowering before the tube in religious awe

businessmen and amphetamine ego trips
telling me about their latest coup
i visit churches & temples & ask questions
& i am handed some meaningless book
or pamphlet
it seems as if there is no one
to answer my questions but me

a hideous responsibility
with worse implications

my peer group?

goodbye television
im going back inside my head

d.a. levy was a poet who published handmade books and mags and got his poems in a lot of places and is remembered for effing with east cleveland cops to the point they locked him up–for poetry–for smut, they thot it was,–for there was a minor there hearing it all, taking it all in; this got the attension of Ginsberg and the Fugs came and raised money and to this day a lot of his words ring true, and dont u wonder about the technology? where it has come since levy took a shotgun to his forehead? and where it is we are all going?

a graphic novelish version of the entire poem SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM by Green Panda Press is available here. chckitout. take a look inside we all do.


d.a. levy Cleveland Poet (October 29, 1942 – November 24, 1968)

im still looking
for a horny white coven queen
who can come in her mind
and let me come with her

(eggcerpt ript from d.a. levy’s SUBURBAN MONASTERY DEATH POEM :  Part I  :  The History)

perhaps a suitable place to begin delving into levy is by clicking here but also get a copy of Zen Concrete & etc. edited by Ingrid Swanberg—a tome which collects much of levy’s poetry, concrete poetry and art, with some helpful and fascinating history. You will need to find it used, copies on http://www.abebooks.com  amazon and such….pick up ‘if i scratch, if i write’ the film about levy by kon pet moon…..you tubles even got itself an 8-minute preview–but please do peruse what you can find of the work and life of this phenomenal poet.

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