The eVT online bookstore was
named in honor of elizabeth van treuren (1910-2003), who in the
1950s operated a mail-order book business out of her home in
parma, ohio. she was arrested and hauled off to jail for selling
books deemed "obscene" by the local authorities, a
dubious distinction she shares with d.a. levy and jim lowell
of the asphodel book shop, who suffered the same fate in cleveland
a decade later. some of those books, which included titles by
j.d. salinger and others, are now considered classics of modern
literature. every time you buy a book from the eVT, you not only
help the authors represented here, you celebrate both elizabeth
van treuren's and your own first-amendment rights.
" action poetry "
literary tribes for the internet age
After a year in production, "Action Poetry: Literary Tribes for the Internet Age", a dynamic new collection of writings from the LitKicks.com community, is now available.
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deep cleveland press
" under the map of the
world where i sleep "
by drumplay, & featuring cleveland's late great poet laureate daniel
recorded at the spirit of 66 in verviers, belgium, in may 2002, during drumplay's first european tour. the recording includes poems from cleveland's late great poet laureate, daniel thompson.
is an improvisational percussion ensemble inspired by afro-cuban,
brazilian and middle eastern rhythms. whether in performance,
workshop or educational presentation, no two drumplay concerts
are alike. traditional rhythms, combined with an improvisational
bent, bring forth the spirit of something new, and in a jazz
way, gives the music more space in which to resound. "under
the map of the world where i sleep" was recorded at
the spirit of 66 in verviers, belgium, in may 2002, during drumplay's
first european tour. the recording includes poems from cleveland's
late great poet laureate, daniel thompson, who was a tireless champion of the homeless and downtrodden until his death in 2004. besides
this work with drumplay, daniel thompson wrote two books
of poetry: "even the broken letters of the heart spell earth",
published by bottom dog press; and "famous in the neighborhood",
a self-published chapbook.
an eye for an eye makes the whole world
blind: poets on 9/11
features poems by over 100 poets from all over America, including
deep cleveland junkmail oracle editor mark s kuhar. This important
book creates an alternative poetic response to the din of collective
madness that has characterized our national dialogue since 9/11/2001.
Many of the poets have projected themselves into the minds and
bodies of the victims of 9/11, the firemen and policemen who
were searching the wreckage of the buildings, those who threw
themselves from the World Trade Center's heights and even the
hijackers. They express deep emotions and profound thoughts with
the severe attention to detail that makes poems revelatory. Upon
reading these poems written by so many diverse poets one sees
a deepening of perception, of renewed seriousness about the human
predicament and about the necessity to evolve into our full humanity.
We hope the poems will help readers feel more deeply, and think
about our future, and ultimately act to achieve a more peaceful
and just world.
Edited by: Allen Cohen and Clive Matson
Foreword by: Michael Parenti
300 pages · paperback
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This Tear is My Poem by Vladimir
In these poems, time is frozen as Swirynsky remember his youth
being "forever twenty-two, shirt off/watching them tear
down the Stardust Drive-In." Then the poems move toward
his experiences in the Vietnam War, then growing older . . .
These poems come from the heart, gory and glorious." --
Vladimir makes love to words. Gently, as if each one was a
virgin, he lays them out, massaging them into submission, then
evokes their full potential in eloquence and truth. -- Cheryl
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Tokyo is Burning
by Kathy Walker
Whether she's writing about "Monster Island,"
"Quantum Tunneling" or the "Sting Theory,"
Kathy Walker writes poems with bite, rhythmic remorse and uncommon
wit. In "Pop Culture Romance" she says: I used to
love Bugs Bunny/when I was little/I thought I'd marry him/Derrik
wants to kill him/Kill da wabbit. That verse is one of many
reason why "Tokyo is Burning" makes for an outstanding
To buy a copy, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Descent into Cleveland by
A must-read for anyone interested in the life of d.a. levy. A
poetic romp through 1960s Cleveland, as the author falls in and
out of love with people and places, and is haunted by the spirit
of levy, his friend and roomate.
Russell Salamon now lives in Los Angeles in a cupboard like
a secret brew of herbs saved for the moment of escape. He is
a breakout artist, an escape master. He has broken into present
time often and carried away the dew from roses and put it on
reader's eyebrows. He has been collecting sounds of galloping
horses so that he may stampede on your eardrums. An avid collector
of reality-in-the-bud before it flowers into cities, he has shaped
many a moment into strange aromas and has released them on breezes.
If you smell something unusual it may be your hair burning.
-- Jere Matlock, www.wordsinarow.com
$20 for Descent into Cleveland; shipping is included.
Order from Russell Salamon directly at 10537 Chandler Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91601-2926, 818-761-4568
Neon by Michael Salinger
What happens when a punk grows up? Because that's what happens
to Michael Salinger in Neon. What once was a welder's glare efficiently
tucked into a Toolbelt of Cynicism has become Neon Has
become Art, has become The Thing Illuminated. Of course Salinger
is still a punk, too...Only now the work sets out a philosophy.
Now he's given you something to hold, to relish, not fear. There's
even prose here, sweet and sudden and folksy and smart and full
of feeling. He invites you in, not kicks you out. To accomplish
this all Salinger has to do was reinvent himself. Neon
accomplishes this task. A poet, it seems might just be a punk
grown up, and Neon makes a stunning debut.
-- Bob Holman, creator of the PBS documentary, The United
States of Poetry
order from Bottom Dog Press
Milldust and Roses: Memoirs
by Larry Smith
"Milldust and Roses is a beautiful tapestry, the
substance of which describes an Ohio Valley working-class family
from the mid-century onward. Larry Smith is an accomplished poet,
teacher, and biographer. But these memoirs are not about his
life as a poet, but about the metamorphosis of self and family
life in the urban Midwest as he has experienced it. The book
is formatted like a family album with wonderful prose snapshots
illustrating the town, his growing family, his wife and himself."-
"It is Smith's simple directness, human scale,
and respect for reality that makes Milldust and Roses such a
sweet, kind, modest, touching, and unassuming book....It is his
simple pride in being 'common' that most touches me about this
book and most informs its sweet modesty." - David Budbill
ISBN 1-56439-114-0 152 pgs. $12.00
(The Writer's Voice/Ridgeway Press; Available through Bottom
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the long march of cleveland
edited by bree
this anthology from green panda press contains poems about d.a.
levy, cleveland, and a few poems by d.a. levy. lovingly collected
by bree, the anthology contains superb illustrations and provacative
content. each copy is numbered, and the book has been printed
with a variety of covers.
$5.00 each, check or money order
14314 Superior Ave
Cleveland Hts., Ohio 44118
copies also available at Mac's Bac's bookstore, 1820 Coventry
Rd., Cleveland Hts., Ohio & at the venerable Barking Spider
Twist the Axe by Maj Ragain
"There is no book like Twist the Axe. No good book. Maj
Ragain's love affair with the horses and luck and life and sweet
naming, and betting on the outcome, is just that, exactly, so
buy a ticket, buy two, feel what happens."
-Gary Gildner, author of The Bunker in the Parsley Field.
"It's a book about living life fully among others doing
the same. The subject is the racetrack, but grace, in its many
aspects, turns up in guise after guise. It's a book I bet you'll
-William Pitt Root, author of Trace Elements from a
168 pgs. Perfect bound. 6 x 9 / ISBN 0-933087-70-5 $10.95
order from Bottom Dog Press
*Note: A special hard cover, limited edition of Twist the Axe
has been printed. They are numbered and signed by the author
and include an 8 x 10 archival silver print copy of Jim Lang's
racing horse photo. $36 (postpaid).